Proposal for Comprehensive Public Participation in Irelands National Energy Transition Plan

I’m putting this out there again because we’re now faced with a LNG gas terminal planned for the Shannon estuary. An Bord Pleanála granted an extension to the 10yr old permission instead of allowing a new process which would mean assessing the application in light of changes over the past decade.
In the past decade we’ve ratified the Aarhus convention, committed to the Paris climate agreement, banned fracking and divested from fossil fuel. If that were to be raised in a planing application the outcome would be different. We weren’t given that opportunity because Ireland is corrupt.

Now we must stand and fight the energy industry propped up by the state, again. Check out future proof Clare and Shannon against LNG for updates and to support the resistance.

August 2018

As some of you will know I have spent the past number of years advocating for the People’s Energy Charter request for comprehensive public participation in Ireland’s National Energy Transition Plan. A brief synopsis of the outcome is here and more in-depth report on my work is here.

The questions everybody asks are “What is comprehensive public participation and how do we do it?” This is my answer based on 10 years of work at community, national and international level in the transition and participation processes. The fact that I live in rural Ireland also offers real insights and experience of the challenges to participation.

Comprehensive public participation in the national energy transition plan is vital so that its implementation will be widely accepted at least and actively participated in at best. We need a collaborative national vision and implementation strategy. Working together we can create a shared vision and…

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Published by Theresa OD

Change maker and mother of 5 living in the west of Ireland

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