Ireland has turned down a liquefied natural gas (LNG) import terminal, citing its climate impact.
“The country’s planning authority last month refused a proposal for [the terminal] on the Shannon estuary and a related gas-fired power plant, after taking into consideration policies outlined in Ireland’s energy and climate action plan,” Bloomberg News reports. “The strategy calls for the country to reduce greenhouse gas emissions annually by 7% on average between 2021 and 2030.”
The decision makes Ireland “probably the first” country to deny an LNG facility based “on climate, as opposed to local environmental opposition,” Jonathan Stern, distinguished research fellow at the Oxford Institute for Energy Studies, told the news agency.
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