Energy and Environment

Research in this area combines expertise in economics, engineering and behavioural psychology to inform innovative and evidence-based policy responses to some of the greatest challenges facing policymakers in Ireland today, including climate change, energy security and sustainable utilisation of environmental resources.

Energy Research
The way energy is converted, provided and consumed has an enduring impact on the environment and economy, necessitating the development of clean and cost-effective energy sources that continue to support economic growth while attaining climate policy objectives. In order to inform effective development and management of such energy supplies, ESRI researchers generate new knowledge on the interdependencies and interactions between policymakers, energy suppliers and consumers across multiple aspects of energy policy including market regulation, infrastructure and factors influencing consumer adoption of new technologies.

Environmental Research
Researchers aim to help inform public policies that can support a healthier, safer environment. Ongoing research initiatives include investigating the potential to support economic benefits of fisheries through improved resources for anglers and an extensive environmental economics programme of research encompassing such topics as the impact of different sorts of incentives on promoting environmentally-friendly behaviours, the effects of taxes and subsidies on the environment and the links between environmental quality and public health.


Main Publications in Energy and Environment Research Area


Other Misc. Outputs



The Value of Domestic Building Energy Efficiency – Evidence from Ireland
January 28, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Does the Housing Market Reflect Cultural Heritage? A Case Study of Greater Dublin
January 14, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Mirko Moro, Karen Mayor , Seán Lyons , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


When to Invest in Carbon Capture and Storage Technology: A Mathematical Model
December 29, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Darragh Walsh, Mel Devine
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Evaluation of the Effect of the Power of One Campaign on Natural Gas Consumption
November 15, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Sean Diffney, Seán Lyons , Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Evaluation of the Effect of the Power of One campaign on Natural Gas Consumption
October 1, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Simulating Demand for Electric Vehicles Using Revealed Preference Data
October 1, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Franco Mariuzzo , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Potential for Segmentation of the Retail Market for Electricity in Ireland
September 17, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Marie Hyland, Eimear Leahy , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


A Packaging Levy for Ireland?
September 12, 2013

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Ownership, Scale Economies and Efficiency in the Italian Water Sector
August 29, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Potential for Segmentation of the Retail Market for Electricity in Ireland
August 27, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Eimear Leahy , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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