ESRI-UCC-MaREI Energy Research Workshop: National Energy & Climate Policy

May 17, 2018 9:00AM - 1:00PM

The presentation slides for this event are now available to download below. 


Venue: ESRI, Whitaker Square, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2.

Ireland is not on track to meet mandatory 2020 targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction or for renewable energy. In addition, Ireland is facing more ambitious targets for 2030 in line with a national ambition to transition to a low carbon economy by 2050.

This event will focus on a number of key short, medium and long-term topics that will address these challenges and inform Ireland’s forthcoming National Energy and Climate Plan. Among the topics which will be discussed are the choices citizens make on home heating, the future of renewable gas and renewable diesel, the potential contribution of power to gas, public acceptance of different forms of electricity generation, the ability of the Irish grid to cope with increasing levels of variable renewable energy and the role of carbon capture and storage and negative emissions technologies in meeting emissions reduction ambitions. The event will close by exploring the question of whether carbon taxes should be extended to meat and milk.

This conference will showcase the findings from a number of collaborative research projects between UCC and the ESRI, undertaken within the national MaREI Centre, and funded by SFI and a number of industry partners and Governmental Departments.

PROGRAMME
08.30     Registration and Coffee
09.00     Welcome Address: Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI and Brian Ó Gallachóir, MaREI

SESSION 1: HOME HEATING, FUELLING TRANSPORT AND POWER TO GAS
Chair: Aoife MacEvilly (CRU)

09.15     Determinants of residential heating system choice: an analysis of Irish households
John Curtis (ESRI), Daire McCoy (LSE), Claudia Aravena (Heriot-Watt)

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09.40     Meeting Ireland’s 2030 GHG targets – comparing renewable gas and renewable diesel with electrification
Brian Ó Gallachóir (UCC), Eamonn Mulholland (UCC)

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10.05     Power to Gas – levelised costs, market interactions and carbon intensity
Shane McDonagh (UCC), Jerry Murphy (UCC)

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10.30     The role of power-to-gas in the future energy system: how much is needed and who wants to invest?
Valentin Bertsch (ESRI), Muireann Lynch (ESRI), Mel Devine (UCD)

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10.55     Tea/Coffee

SESSION 2: FUTURE OF ELECTRICITY, CARBON DIOXIDE REMOVAL AND CARBON TAX FOR AGRICULTURE
Chair: Una NicGiollaChoille (DCCAE)

11.15     Optimal Development of Irish Electricity Generation Mix Considering Fossil Fuel Phase Out and North-South Interconnection
Desta Fitiwi (ESRI), Valentin Bertsch (ESRI)

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11.40     2C or not 2C, carbon dioxide removal, carbon capture and storage and direct air capture
James Glynn (UCC)

12.05     A multi-national examination of public acceptance of future electricity generation mixes
Jason Harold (ESRI), Valentin Bertsch (ESRI)

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12.30     Should we put a carbon tax on meat and milk in Ireland?
Paul Deane (UCC)

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13.00     Close and lunch

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