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



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


The Environment Review 2012
June 7, 2012 | ESRI Research Series

Authors: John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Cost of Natural Gas Shortages in Ireland
May 18, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Eimear Leahy, Conor Devitt , Seán Lyons , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Civil War, Climate Change, and Development: A Scenario Study for Sub-Saharan Africa
February 6, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Devitt, Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Corporate Expenditure on Environmental Protection
January 19, 2012 | Journal Article

Authors: Stefanie Haller, Liam Murphy
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Determinants of Vegetarianism and Meat Consumption Frequency in Ireland
December 31, 2011 | Journal Article

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


Reply to Comment on Estimating Historical Landfill Quantities to Predict Methane Emissions
December 31, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Seán Lyons, Liam Murphy , Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Selling State Assets: Three Options
November 30, 2011 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Gorecki, Richard Tol
Research Area: Communications and Transport | Energy and Environment


The Effect of REFIT on Irish Wholesale Electricity Prices
November 1, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Conor Devitt, Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Social Cost of Carbon
October 30, 2011 | Journal Article

Authors: Richard Tol
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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