Friends of the Earth is delighted to invite you to an in-person expert workshop on Wednesday 26 October in Dublin. This workshop is part of the ‘Our Energy Future’ project and will be facilitated by Harriet Emerson. The purpose of the meeting is to provide participants with the opportunity to highlight concerns regarding biodiversity protection in the context of renewables expansion, as well as to map these issues and learn what changes are necessary at the Government level. Friends of the Earth wishes to support groups often left out of biodiversity/environmental protection decision-making and ensure their voices are heard.
The workshop will take place on Wednesday 26th October, between 10 am – 4:30 pm, in the Fumbally Stables, Fumbally Lane, The Liberties, D08 CP27 (just off Clanbrassil Street).
It is intended that participants will firstly discuss challenges regarding the environmental impact of renewables and grid infrastructure, the planning system, as well as offshore wind development and set out recommendations to Government. Subsequently, participants will have the opportunity to engage with other stakeholders, including Minister Ryan’s Advisor, EirGrid, the ESB, and Wind Energy Ireland on these issues.
Friends of the Earth is not seeking to coordinate a joint position/agreement on particular topics in this meeting. Rather, Friends of the Earth wishes to provide a space in which groups with expertise can discuss and reflect on concerns in a manner they consider appropriate and where groups can raise these issues directly with relevant stakeholders if appropriate/helpful. An agenda will be circulated before the workshop.
Participation and logistics (Please Read)
- This will be an in-person meeting in Dublin between 10am and 4.30pm in the Fumbally Stables. If you can only attend part of the day, Friends of the Earth would still be interested in your participation and ask that you contact them directly.
- The organisers aware that attendance in Dublin may be challenging for certain individuals. Friends of the Earth may be in a position to meet travel and subsistence costs of attendees in certain cases, e.g., organisations with limited resources. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Friends of the Earth will provide tea/coffee on arrival/breaks and sandwiches at lunchtime of the workshop.
- Feel free to share this invitation and registration details with colleagues and with other relevant groups or experts.