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23rd September 2019 | Climate Change, Energy, Press Releases

Gas exploration licences have to go too, say Greens

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The Green Party welcome the decision of Minster Bruton to stop exploration for oil in Irish waters but adds that exploration for gas must also stop.

Green Party Spokesperson on Climate Cllr David Healy said:

“We welcome the decision to stop exploration for oil in Irish waters but if we are to follow climate science then we must also stop exploration for gas.

“Gas is a fossil fuel and its extraction and use will contribute to climate breakdown. There is no guarantee that gas extracted in Irish waters will contribute to energy security here and will most likely be exported.

“The government have referenced the need to use gas as a transition fuel and to use it in tandem with Carbon Capture and Storage (CCS) technology to decarbonise our energy system by 2050. CCS is currently unproven and it would be far better to increase our investment in renewables and the interconnection of the electricity grid as a way of meeting our emissions targets and achieving energy security.

“We need to drive investment towards renewables, grid upgrades, storage and hydrogen power away from fossil fuels as fast as we can. Gas licences have to go.”