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



Carbon Tax Scenarios and their Effects on the Irish Energy Sector
July 16, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo, Marie Hyland
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Towards a Green Net National Product for Ireland
June 24, 2013 |

Authors: John Curtis, Anne Pentecost , Seán Lyons , Edgar Morgenroth , Valeria di Cosmo
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Carbon Tax Scenarios and Their Effects on the Irish Energy Sector
June 21, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo, Marie Hyland
Research Area: Energy and Environment


How Much Does it Cost the Economy When Essential Services are Interrupted?
May 14, 2013 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Seán Lyons, Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Trade, Energy, and Carbon Dioxide: an Analysis for the Two Economies of Ireland
March 4, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Marie Hyland, Anne Jennings , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Ensuring compatibility of the all-island electricity system with the target model: Fitting a square peg into a round hole?
January 8, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Economics – The Missing Link in the National Spatial Strategy
January 1, 2013 | Journal Article

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment | Macroeconomics


Should Coal Replace Coal? Options for the Irish Electricity Market
December 14, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Sean Diffney, Laura Malaguzzi Valeri , Darragh Walsh
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Greener Homes: An Ex-Post Estimate of the Cost of Carbon Dioxide Emission Reduction using Administrative Micro-Data from the Republic of Ireland
October 5, 2012 | Journal Article

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


Socioeconomic Distribution of Emissions and Resource Use in Ireland
October 2, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Anne Pentecost , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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