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



Low Carbon Energy Roadmap
June 10, 2015

Authors: Paul Deane, John Curtis , Alessandro Chiodi , Maurizio Gargiulo , Fionn Rogan , Denis Dineen ...
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Using Census and Administrative Records to Identify the Location and Occupancy Type of Energy Inefficient Residential Properties
June 8, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Who Should Pay for Renewable Energy? Comparing the Household Impacts of Different Policy Mechanisms in Ireland
May 29, 2015 | Journal Article

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


Quantifying the Uncertainty of Wave Energy Conversion Device Cost for Policy Appraisal: An Irish Case Study
March 25, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: Niall Farrell, Cathal O'Donoghue , Karyn Morrissey
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Irish Electricity Market: New Regulation to Preserve Competition
March 10, 2015 | QEC Research Note

Authors: Muireann Á Lynch, Valeria di Cosmo
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Household Fuel Expenditure and Residential Building Energy Efficiency Ratings in Ireland
January 16, 2015 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Anne Pentecost
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Household Fuel Expenditure and Residential Building Energy Efficiency Ratings in Ireland
January 5, 2015 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Anne Pentecost
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Irish Energy Policy: An Analysis of Current Issues
October 17, 2014 | ESRI Research Series

Editors: John FitzGerald , Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Authors: John Curtis, Niamh Devitt , Valeria di Cosmo , Niall Farrell , Marie Hyland , Muireann Á Lynch ...
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Reducing Household Electricity Demand through Smart Metering: The Role of Improved Information about Energy Saving
September 30, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: James Carroll, Seán Lyons , Eleanor Denny
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Capital-Energy Substitution: Evidence from a Panel of Irish Manufacturing Firms
September 18, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Stefanie Haller, Marie Hyland
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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