Executive Climate Change Department could see Northern Ireland lead the way, says Tennyson

An Executive Department for Climate Change could see Northern Ireland lead the way with targets to combat the climate crisis, Alliance Climate Change spokesperson Eóin Tennyson has said. A recent report by the Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Committee suggested a climate change commissioner to scrutinise the Executive. However, Eóin said a specific […]

Shambles of electric vehicle charging network forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel, says Muir

The “shambles” of the electric vehicle charging network in Northern Ireland is forcing people to go back to petrol and diesel cars, Alliance Infrastructure spokesperson Andrew Muir MLA has said. The North Down MLA was speaking after contacting the Electricity Supply Board (ESB), which maintains the network here. It followed complaints from constituents, who having […]

A green recovery is the only way to tackle the climate crisis, says Blair

The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now. Yet we prevaricate and this refusal to act at the pace the science demands is deadly, Alliance MLA John Blair has said. He added: “In 2020, extreme weather events uprooted 30.7 million people from their homes, the highest figure […]

IPCC report stresses the overwhelming urgency for action on climate change, says Farry

The report by the International Panel on Climate Change stresses the “overwhelming urgency” for action on tackling the climate crisis, Alliance Party MP Stephen Farry has said. He added: “The climate crisis is no longer a looming threat – it’s here and it’s happening now – and further delay will be deadly. “The report’s stark […]

Blair troubled by UK Government leaving out Northern Ireland in climate change assessment

Alliance Environmental spokesperson John Blair MLA has said it is deeply troubling to learn the UK Government did not include Northern Ireland when assessing a framework to combat climate change. Speaking during today’s meeting of the Assembly’s Department for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs (DAERA) Committee meeting, Mr Blair quizzed DAERA officials on the Government’s […]

Tennyson disappointed by Climate Emergency vote

Alliance councillor Eóin Tennyson has expressed his disappointment after the UUP, DUP and SDLP voted to amend his Climate Emergency motion and defer it to committee. The original motion would’ve seen ABC Council declare a Climate Emergency, commit to becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and establish a dedicated all-party working group to achieve that goal. […]

Climate change to be prioritised by Council following McDonough-Brown motion

Alliance Belfast City Councillor Emmet McDonough-Brown has said climate change will be prioritised by the Council, after his motion seeking a reduction in its carbon footprint was passed. The motion, which will establish what the carbon footprint of Belfast City Council is and identify options to reduce it, was passed at the Council’s Strategic Policy […]

Council needs to take lead in increasing recycling across city, says McReynolds

Belfast City Council needs to take a lead in increasing recycling rates across the city, Alliance Councillor Peter McReynolds has said. Councillor McReynolds was speaking ahead of tonight’s Belfast City Council meeting, in which he will bring a motion calling for the Council to commit to introducing glass recycling across the city as soon as […]