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



The Incentive to Invest in Thermal Plants in the Presence of Wind Generation
April 15, 2014 | Journal Article

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


The Local Impact of the Marine Sector in Ireland: A Spatial Microsimulation Analysis
April 14, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Estimating the Impact of Time-of-Use Pricing on Irish Electricity Demand
April 9, 2014 | Journal Article

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


Climate Policy, Interconnection and Carbon Leakage: The Effect of Unilateral UK Policy on Electricity and GHG Emissions in Ireland
April 8, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: John Curtis, Valeria di Cosmo , Paul Deane
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Estimating the Effects of Land-use and Catchment Characteristics on Lake Water Quality: Irish Lakes 2004-2009
April 7, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Edgar Morgenroth
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Climate Policy, Interconnection and Carbon Leakage: The Effect of Unilateral UK Policy on Electricity and GHG Emissions in Ireland
March 14, 2014 | Journal Article

Authors: John Curtis, Valeria di Cosmo , Paul Deane
Research Area: Energy and Environment


Disentangling Water Usage in the European Union: A Decomposition Analysis
March 1, 2014 | Journal Article

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


An Enterprising Wind: An Economic Analysis of the Job Creation Potential of the Wind Sector in Ireland
February 19, 2014

Authors: John FitzGerald, Eleanor Denny , Amy O'Mahoney
Research Area: Energy and Environment


When to Invest in Carbon Capture and Storage Technology: A Mathematical Model
January 29, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Darragh Walsh, Mel Devine
Research Area: Energy and Environment


The Value of Domestic Building Energy Efficiency – Evidence from Ireland
January 28, 2014 | ESRI Research Bulletin

Authors: Marie Hyland, Seán Lyons
Research Area: Energy and Environment


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