Ours To Protect with John Morley (EP 48)

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Ours to Protect is a unique and exciting audio project – a collaboration of local and regional broadcasters from across the country who have come together to tackle climate change, champion climate action, and inform and educate audiences all over Ireland about how they can make a difference.

Today on ‘Ours To Protect’ John Morley talks to Conall O’Cuinn about the EU Citizens Panel on Energy Efficiency which he was randomly selected to take part in.

Did you know…

  • Conaill Ó Cuinn, a Galway man, was randomly selected to be part of the EU Citizens Panel on Energy Efficiency days after purchasing an electric car.
  • The European Citizens’ Panel on Energy Efficiency took place over three weekends between February and April 2024.
  • The European Citizens’ Panel on Energy Efficiency has now submitted its recommendations to the European Commission.

Why is it important for the EU to have a Citizens’ Panel on Energy Efficiency?

  • The panel brings together a diverse group of citizens from across the member states. This allows the EU to gather public perspectives and lived experiences on energy efficiency.
  • Citizens with no prior experience in policy creation can bring fresh perspectives and innovative solutions to the table. They might propose approaches that policymakers wouldn’t have considered otherwise.
  • By involving citizens in the discussion, the EU can build trust and public ownership of energy efficiency goals. When people feel they’ve had a say in shaping policies, they’re more likely to support and comply with them.

What can I do to support the EU Citizens’ Panel on Energy Efficiency?

  • The European Commission website allows you to contact them directly [Europa.eu website]. You can express your support for citizen engagement in policymaking and encourage them to continue initiatives like the Citizens’ Panel.
  • There are many ways to save energy at home and in your daily activities. Research energy-saving tips and implement them in your own life.
  • Look for NGOs and advocacy groups working on energy efficiency issues in the EU.

Here’s a few websites if you want to know more!

EU Citizen’s Energy Efficiency Panel – https://citizens.ec.europa.eu/european-citizens-panels/energy-efficiency-panel_en

https://www.gov.ie/en/organisation/department-of-the-environment-climate-and-communications/ – Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC):

https://www.gov.ie/en/publication/79659-climate-action-plan-2024/ – Climate Action Plan

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Galway Talks with John Morley

Galway Talks

with John Morley