10 results for tag: environment


The new Croatian government must completely abandon Adriatic drilling and make a shift towards renewable energy

In the official programme of the new Government of the Republic of Croatia, which was the basis for a vote of confidence by the Parliament on Friday, the implementation of a “moratorium on the current project of exploration and exploitation of hydrocarbons in the area of ​​the Adriatic Sea” is among key guidelines for the energy sector. The coalition of NGOs “S.O.S. Adriatic” welcomes this commitment, which it actively promoted and argued for from the start of the preparation and implementation of this harmful and dirty project. A series of public opinion polls testify that the Adriatic drilling project is opposed by most citizens. Ho...

Adriatic countries united in combating oil drilling in the Adriatic Sea

Today (27.10.2015.), in Split, the S.O.S. Adriatic coalition gathered representatives of environmental organizations and initiatives from Slovenia, Croatia, Montenegro, Albania and Italy to form a common platform for protecting the Adriatic from oil pollution. Since governmental elites and oil companies are misguiding public opinion in similar ways in all of the Adriatic countries, we decided to address this by forming a common platform to combat the destruction of the entire Adriatic. “Threats to the Adriatic go beyond national borders and can be dealt with only at international level. There is just one Adriatic and we can all benefit from ...

The fall of Croatian Government’s „little Norway“ – no contract signing for Adriatic oil drilling

The harmful project of exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Adriatic Sea is about to fall apart. One of the reasons is the big public opposition, as well as the S.O.S. Adriatic campaign. Citizens clearly showed that they care about the Adriatic. At Thursday's (24.9.2015.) session, the Croatian Government abolished the concession for seven blocks which was awarded to the Austrian OMV and American Marathon Oil. The two companies announced already in July that they would not sign the contracts for oil drilling in the Adriatic. Although it was announced that during this session the Government would give approval for nine contracts for ...

“S.O.S. Adriatic”: A great victory for the campaign! Oil companies withdrew due to public pressure.

The "S.O.S. Adriatic " coalition welcomes the decision of Marathon Oil and OMV - the two oil companies with the biggest number of concessions - to withdraw from the exploration and exploitation of oil and gas in the Adriatic. "First, the media reported that the reason for this decision was the border dispute between Croatia and Montenegro, while today the companies announced that it is because of economic reasons, low oil prices and uncertain investment. We believe that the public pressure was crucial for this decision as it is now quite clear that the majority of citizens are opposed to this harmful project, as shown by the latest surveys. We also ...

Update: S.O.S. Adriatic: NO oil drilling !

Update on S.O.S. Adriatic campaign's activities so far - written by Maruska Mileta, Zelena akcija/FoE Croatia Since the official launch of the campaign, the S.O.S. Adriatic coalition has mobilised a significant number of Croatian citizens who are opposing oil drilling in the Adriatic Sea. As a result of our activities, the public pressure and the cross-border consultations, we managed to delay the signing of the contracts – the deadline was April 2nd. First victory for the campaign. We are continuing to use both legal methods and direct actions to prevent the Croatian Government from signing the contracts which is expected within the next ...

Regional declaration: NO OIL – STOP SEA DRILLING IN THE ADRIATIC

*A common commitment for the future of the Adriatic Sea* On June 20th 2015, a regional collaboration against oil drilling in the Adriatic Sea was launched in the town of Rovinj in Croatia. There are 29 macro areas, for a total of 36.823 km2, to be investigated for oil and gas drilling in the Croatian Adriatic Sea, in addition to already existing 9 platforms for gas extraction. On the Italian side, the areas intended for hydrocarbons exploration amount to 12.000 km2, with 6 oil platforms already active. In the Italian part of the Northern Adriatic Sea there are 39 authorizations for gas extraction, which supply 70% of Italian methane gas. The ...

Secular Franciscan Order and S.O.S. Adriatic against oil drilling!

*The Pope calls for urgent action : The climate crisis is a question of social justice* The Franciscan Secular Order and the S.O.S. Adriatic coalition held a joint press conference on June 19th 2015 in Zagreb where they presented the conclusions of the encyclical in which Pope Francis calls for urgent action to combat climate change, and sent a message to the Croatian Government to withdraw from the harmful project of exploration and exploitation of oil in the Adriatic Sea. In the encyclical on the environment and climate change, called "Laudato si - praised be, about the care for common home", which was released on June 18th, the Pope ...

S.O.S Adriatic tells Minister of Economy: Let the citizens decide or resign!

Activists from the S.O.S. Adriatic coalition staged a protest today (June 17th 2015) in Zagreb during a conference on the country’s energy future. Activists hung large banners with messages “Don’t spOIL the Adriatic”, “Go solar, not fossil” and “Minister of Dirty Affairs”. They also offered mock “sardines in crude oil” to the attendees of the conference. The conference was attended by the Croatian Minister of Economy, Ivan Vrdoljak, who is responsible for the implementation of the project of oil drilling in the Adriatic Sea. "Mr. Vrdoljak has been continuously ignoring appeals from our citizens, tourists from other countries, ...

World’s biggest environmental organisations give support to the S.O.S. Adriatic campaign

Today (15th May 2015) the S.O.S. Adriatic coalition held a press conference in Opatija, Croatia, where Greenpeace International, Friends of the Earth International and the Global Campaign to Demand Climate Justice gave support to the campaign against exploration and exploitation of oil in the Adriatic Sea. The representatives of the world's biggest environmental organisations sent a clear message to the Croatian Government: to abandon dirty energy projects which harm the people and the planet, and to initiate the energy and social transformation that will enable the transition towards a low carbon society. “This is not only an Adriatic ...

S.O.S. Adriatic: We request the Government to cancel the contract signing with concessionaires

The associations gathered in the coalition 'SOS Adriatic' welcome the request from the Government of the Republic of Slovenia for the implementation of cross-border consultation on Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). Also we posses information that the Italian Government had already sent the same request. Transboundary consultations in these proceedings are binding for a number of years and have become a common practice among the Member States of the European Union. We assume that the requests are sent this late because Slovenian and Italian Ministry of Environment have expected the appropriate official notification from Croatian Ministry of ...