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



Wind Energy in Ireland
September 17, 2014 | Book/Report Chapter

Authors: Niall Farrell
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Capital-Energy Substitution: Evidence from a Panel of Irish Manufacturing Firms
September 16, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Consumer Preferences and the Influence of Networks in Electric Vehicle Diffusion: An Agent-based Microsimulation in Ireland
August 16, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Daire McCoy, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Final Report on Household Water Consumption Estimates
July 21, 2014

Authors: Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Competition in Extended Producer Responsibility Schemes
July 15, 2014

Authors: Paul Gorecki
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Irish and British Electricity Prices: What Recent History Implies for Future Prices
June 25, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Paul Deane, John FitzGerald , Laura Malaguzzi Valeri , Darragh Walsh
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Irish and British Electricity Prices: What Recent History Implies for Future Prices
June 23, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: Paul Deane, John FitzGerald , Laura Malaguzzi Valeri , Darragh Walsh
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Affordability and the Provision of Water Services in Ireland: Options, Choices and Implications
June 16, 2014

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


The Incentive to Invest in Thermal Plants in the Presence of Wind Generation
April 29, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo, Laura Malaguzzi Valeri
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Estimating the Impact of Time-of-Use Pricing on Irish Electricity Demand
April 16, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Valeria di Cosmo, Seán Lyons , Anne Nolan
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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