Ireland imports 89% of the energy it consumes during a year according to the last data release by Eurostat and 98% of this is supplied by fossil fuels. It is the 4th highest energy importer in the EU, after Malta, Luxembourg and Cyprus, the GEAI has outlined.
Ireland’s high dependency on imported fossil fuels makes her vulnerable, because she has no control over her energy supply. Problems in other parts of the world can have a huge impact on Ireland.
However, drilling for local sources of gas or oil is the wrong answer. Using renewable energy sources, e.g. wind, solar, biomass and hydroelectric power, is the only way to reduce Ireland’s energy imports.
“We depend on fossil fuels to generate electricity, heat our homes and drive our cars. We need to change that and the right way is by generating energy from renewable sources”, said GEAI director Aedín McLoughlin.
“Recent studies confirm that 80% of global fossil fuel reserves must be left in the ground to stop climate change and keep conditions on Earth suitable for humans. Fracking is not part of the solution, it is part of the problem.”
“Business as usual is not an option, we need to reduce our energy use and move towards a low carbon economy”, the GEAI director remarked.
“We have the solution at hand, we can power ourselves without endangering the planet. Ireland has great potential for wind, solar energy and biomass power.
“We are a small country but we can become a great example for the rest of the world.
“Our politicians must rise to the challenge and transform the current dull Climate Action Bill by including targets that will contribute towards a low-carbon world.”
• Good Energies Alliance Ireland is the only non-profit Environmental NGO in Ireland with a principal focus on Energy. GEAI is based in the North-West of Ireland but its remit is all-island.
It is a member of the Irish Environmental Pillar and has links with environmental groups nationally and internationally.
It was founded in 2011, was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee in December 2012, its Directors are all volunteers and GEAI has no paid staff.