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



Has the Restructuring of EU Electricity Markets Reduced Industrial Electricity Prices?
January 14, 2016 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Marie Hyland
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front cover of Journal titled Applied Energy Carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from electricity: The influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation
January 1, 2016 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Muireann Á Lynch , Laura Zubiate
Research Area: Energy and Environment


A New Approach to Modelling Natural Gas Markets
December 3, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Mel Devine, Steven A Gabriel , Seksun Moryadee
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Front Cover of ESRI Research Bulletin Carbon emissions from electricity: The influence of the North Atlantic Oscillation
November 17, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Muireann Á Lynch , Laura Zubiate
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Decomposing Patterns of Emission Intensity in the EU and China: How Much Does Trade Matter?
September 28, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Fossil Fuel and CO2 Emissions Savings on a High Renewable Electricity System — A Single Year Case Study for Ireland
August 31, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Matthew Clancy, Fiac Gaffney , J P Deane , John Curtis , Brian Ó Gallachóir
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Price vs. Risk – the Effect of Wind Generation on Modern Electricity Systems
August 26, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Muireann Á Lynch, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Effects of Wind Generation Capacity on Electricity Prices and Generation Costs: a Monte Carlo Analysis
August 25, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Muireann Á Lynch, John Curtis
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Location and Occupancy of Energy Inefficient Residential Properties
July 20, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Niamh Devitt , Adele Whelan
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Is there a Fairer Way to Finance Energy Subsidies?
June 23, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Niall Farrell, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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