Feasta , the Foundation for the Economics of Sustainability is an organization based in Ireland which aims to identify the characteristics of a truly sustainable society, articulate how the necessary transition can be effected and promote the implementation of the measures required for this purpose „. [1] It was founded in Dublin , Ireland in 1998. [2]


The name „feasta“ is an Irish word which means „in the future“. [3] Feasta Was founded as the result of a week-long workshop Given by The Economist Richard Douthwaite in County Kerry , Ireland, in the race of qui attendants Decided to suit les year organization to Promote sustainability in Ireland and elsewhere, with an emphasis is the role played by systems in the world economy. Founders of Feasta included retired barrister John Jopling, co-author of Gaian Democracies, [4] architect Emer O’Siochru, and events organizer Davie Philip.


Feasants and the environment, transition to sustainable economic systems, transportation system and food production system. The organization uses the tagline „designing systems for a sustainable future“. Social justice is an important component of sustainability.


Since its inception, Feasta’s attitude has been promoted by the public in general by policy-makers in particular. So it has been taken from a „bottom-up“ and a „top-down“ approach to its activities.


Feasta is registered as an educational non-profit , [5] and membership is open to all. According to its website, Feasta tries to operate in a democratic and non-hierarchical way as possible. Have been interested in pursuing specific projects. They have been willing to start working with other people, and they have been working with other people, with funding only. Feasta Employees at Morag Friel’s Members‘ Agent, whose job is to help you get in touch with one another, identify common interests and develop projects.

The Feasta website is interactive, with a forum section that includes discussions on broad topics such as energy , food and land , as well as ongoing projects Cap and Share . Members can also get in touch with one another via the website. Relevant papers and articles can be uploaded to the forum by members.

Feasta has hosted a large number of sustainability-related events which are open to the public. It has organized several major conferences, covering topics such as Ireland’s transition to renewable energy , the merits of introducing a land value tax , third world debt and climate change , and the challenge of sustainable food production in the world of fossil fuel depletion . Since its founding it has held an annual annual reading in Dublin. Past lecturers have included Herman Daly , David Korten , Marjorie Kelly and Wolfgang Sachs .

Feasta has also hosted numerous workshops, courses and discussions. It has frequently collaborated with other organizations such as the London-based New Economics Foundation , Jubilee Research , Cultivate Center in Dublin, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland, Trocaire and CORI (the Conference of Religious in Ireland ). [6]


Since 1999, Feasta has made a series of submissions and reports to governmental bodies in Ireland and the UK. [7] It was a series of seminars entitled „Converging Crises: Policy Responses“ in the summer of 2008 that were also aimed at policymakers, although the general public were welcome to expect. [8]

Feasta has received funding from the Irish Environmental Protection Agency for a number of projects, ongoing ones (as of late 2008). The Irish government is currently adopting the adoption of Cap et Share, an approach to addressing climate change that has been developed by Feasta, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from transport . [9]


  • Sharing for Survival: Restoring the Climate, the Commons and Society (2012) website
  • Fleeing Vesuvius (2010) website
  • Cap and Share: A Fair Way To Cut Greenhouse Emissions (2008)
  • Living In The Cracks: A Look at Rural Social Enterprises in Britain and the Czech Republic (2005)
  • Feasta Review 2: Growth, the Celtic Cancer (2004)
  • Before the Wells Run Dry: Ireland’s Transition to Renewable Energy (2003)
  • Feasta Review 1 (2001)

Since 2005, Feasta has expanded into multimedia production. Videos of Feasta readings and of many other Feasta events are available for free download from its website. [10]

Cap and Share

HAS has Feasta Proposed Cap and Share carbon market mechanism for Reducing Emissions in the wide chunk of the economy – road transportation – not subject to the EU emissions trading scheme . Under cap and share, emission permits to cover fossil fuel would be issued to all consumers, but limited to an overall cap that would reduce over time. Consumers Would sell Their allowded to oil and companies , Which would be required to purchase allowded to cover the emission associated with all fuels They sold. [11]

Smart Tax Network

In September 2008 Feasta was awarded multi-annual funding from the Irish Department of the Environment for this project and the Carbon Cycles and Sinks project (see below).

The aim of the Smart Tax Network is to research, design, develop and adapt tax and market-based mechanisms to increase environmental, social and economic sustainability in Ireland.

The mechanisms with which the Network is concerned, among others things, be designed to address climate change, development and local resilience, biological support, cultural and economic diversity, and foster justice and equality.

The primary role of the Network is for research and motto tools for policymakers and to engage in the policy making process. In particular, it will contribute to the relationship with the Commission on Taxation.


Carbon Cycles and Sinks

The purpose of the Carbon Cycles and Sinks project will be more effective than any other source of greenhouse gas emissions. This project is led by Richard Douthwaite, and Corinna Byrne is project coordinator and lead researcher.

The core areas being examined by the CNSC include:

1. The best management practices and technologies to reduce or reduce the greenhouse gas emissions.

2. The best management practices to increase the carbon content of forests, hedgerows, scrub, arable and pasture land.

3. The best management practices and technologies to reduce nitrous oxide emissions from fertilizer use and the development of policies to reduce nitro oxides and other gases from land use and to reward farmers for these new practices.

4. Study of the greenhouse gas emissions from slowing storage and methods of reducing emissions by anaerobic digestion to capture methane for energy and organic fertilizer.

5. The best ways of measuring soil carbon, compiling, biochar and / or microbial inoculations. [13]

Liquidity Network

Richard Douthwaite and others are volunteering on this project – unfunded as of August 2009.

The aim of the Liquidity Network is to address the Irish national liquidity problem – the slow down in economic activity triggered by the credit crunch.

Currently virtually all economic activity is driven by debt based credit – individuals and businesses. Using the credit released by these loans they employ or do business with other individuals / businesses who in turn do business with their suppliers and so on. There is thus a multiplier effect of the initial credit transactions which is worth more than the value of the initial loan.

When the ’seed‘ as a credit, the current crisis, the multiplier effect which normally helps to create liquidity efficiently acts in the reverse way and removes liquidity quickly.

FEASTA’s Liquidity Network aims to address this problem by creating an alternative liquidity stream which is not based on debt.

The Feasta Liquidity Network group is hoping to launch the world’s first debt-free electronic currency in County Kilkenny early in 2010. [14]

See also

  • Schumacher Center for a New Economics


  1. Jump up^ http://www.feasta.org
  2. Jump up^ http://www.feasta.org/about.htm
  3. Jump up^ http://ingeb.org/songs/cillchai.html
  4. Jump up^ http://www.schumacher.org.uk/schumacher_b9_gaian_democracies.htm
  5. Jump up^ http://www.revenue.ie/index.htm?/publications/lists/charity-donations.htm
  6. Jump up^ http://www.feasta.org/events.htm
  7. Jump up^ http://www.feasta.org/documents.htm
  8. Jump up^ http://www.feasta.org/events/general/2008_seminars.htm
  9. Jump up^ http://www.capandshare.org/about_ireland.html
  10. Jump up^ http://www.feasta-multimedia.org
  11. Jump up^ Carbon News and Info> Climate change news> Carbon finance, emissions trading & offsets> ‚Cap & share‘ to tackle peak oil and climate
  12. Jump up^ http://smarttaxes.orgSmart Tax Network Homepage
  13. Jump up^ http://carboncyclesandsinks.orgCCSN Homepage
  14. Jump up^ http://theliquiditynetwork.orgLiquidity Network Homepage