Environmental policy, competitiveness and green growth: International and Irish evidence

This joint ESRI/EPA conference will discuss recent research on investment in green technologies and innovations with environmental benefits in Ireland and internationally. Research presentations will draw on results from the ESRI/EPA Environment Research Programme

The programme will include speakers from the ESRI, Environmental Protection Agency, University of East Anglia, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development, the Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation, the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform, and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation.

The conference is being funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 

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Conference Programme


Registration / Tea & coffee



Iulia Siedschlag (ESRI)


Opening address

Laura Burke (Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency)

Session 1

Environmental policy and competitiveness


Chair: Jonathan Derham (Head of Programme, Office of Evidence and Assessment,  Environmental Protection Agency)

Climate policy and the efficiency of firms: New evidence from UK manufacturing

Corrado Di Maria (University of East Anglia)

Environmental regulations and green innovations: International and Irish evidence

Stefano Meneto (ESRI)



Tea & coffee

Session 2

Green investments and firm performance


Chair:  Cormac Murphy (Head of the European Investment Bank Office for Ireland)

Banking on the environment? Financial frictions and green investments

Helena Schweiger (European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Green investments and firm performance: Evidence from Ireland

Iulia Siedschlag (ESRI)


Roundtable Discussion

Towards a more sustainable long-term growth through green investments and innovations with environmental benefits


Chair: Iulia Siedschlag (ESRI)


Eimear Cotter (Director of the Office of Environmental Sustainability, Environmental Protection Agency)

Declan Hughes (Assistant Secretary, Department of Business, Enterprise and Innovation)

Helena Schweiger (Associate Director, Senior Economist, European Bank for Reconstruction and Development)

Danny McCoy (Chief Executive Officer, Irish Business and Employers Confederation)

Jasmina Behan (Head of the Irish Government Economic Evaluation Service, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform)


Conference close