The Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing MSP, has provided us with a response to our e-action on including Underground Coal Gasification in the current moratorium on unconventional gas. We don't necessarily agree with him but it was nice of him to write.
While fracking continues to dominate the headlines, the extractive industries are pushing forward with yet another extreme and unproven fossil fuel extraction process known as underground coal gasification. Heralded by the industry as yet another way to provide ‘cleaner’ energy and provide energy security it is in reality a false solution that would continue to lock us into carbon-based energy sources.
2015 is a crucial year in the fight against climate change. This December world leaders will meet at the UN climate change talks in Paris to conclude negotiations for a new global deal on climate change. So far, 20 years of international negotiations have failed to bring about an agreement in line with climate science or climate justice, but a fair and ambitious agreement has never been so desperately needed.
This report examines opportunities for a specialist environmental court or tribunal in Scotland, looking to other jursidiction for examples of good practice. The report also discusses changes to the current system required in order to comply with our international obligations under the Aarhus Convention.
Our Community Power campaign aims to mobilise people to develop their own renewable solutions to their energy needs.
This case study report shows the wonderful diversity of community energy projects across Scotland. It highlights the key challenges and the sometimes unexpected benefits of these schemes. It also includes some recommendations for policy and legislative changes that will enable Scottish communities to play a leading role in the transition to a clean, green, fair energy system.
Our consultation response to the Fife Council Local Development Plan.
We describe how there is a growing body of evidence that environmental and health risks associated with onshore unconventional gas extraction, including coalbed methane, are inherent and impossible to eliminate. Therefore we recommend that the Fife Council take this opportunity to ban unconventional gas through its Local Development Plan and barring that to implement a moratorium.
Evidence submitted in advance of witness session to the Scottish Parliament's European & External Affairs Committee on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP). Uses examples of threats to climate targets, fracking controls and toxic chemicals.
FoE Scotland's response to the Smith Commission on further devolution of powers to Scotland. There are many areas where extra powers would help Scotland deliver environmental commitments more effectively and more efficiently. We call for full control of energy policy and a fair share of the international aid budget.