ESRI-UCC-MaREI energy research: climate action conference

The conference showcased the findings from a number of collaborative research projects between UCC and the ESRI, undertaken within the national Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre, and funded by Science Foundation Ireland and a number of industry partners and Governmental Departments.  Presentations focused on a number of key short, medium and long-term topics that will inform Ireland’s forthcoming All of Government Plan on Climate Action.

Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment opened the conference.

Photos and slides from the conference are now available below.

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Conference Programme



Registration & Coffee


Welcome Address

Professor Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI


Opening Address

Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

The next 10 years

Chair: Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner for Regulation of Utilities


Can we meet our mandatory 2030 GHG emissions reduction target?

Professor Brian Ó Gallachoir, Principal Investigator of Energy Policy and Modelling, University College Cork


Green gas in the energy transition

Professor Jerry Murphy, Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, University College Cork


Growing datacentres in Ireland and possible implications

Dr Desta Fitiwi, ESRI, Dr Muireann Lynch, ESRI, Dr John Curtis, ESRI


Home heating fuels: spatial, socio-demographic and building determinants

Dr John Curtis, ESRI, Dr Miguel Tovar, ESRI, Dr Gianluca Grilli, ESRI


Tea and coffee break

Policies and instruments

Chair: Ann-Marie Colbert, Gas Networks Ireland


Policy pathways for Ireland - How much energy efficiency is residential retrofitting delivering?

Tomás MacUidhir, Ph.D Researcher, UCC and Dr Fionn Rogan, Research Fellow, UCC


Carbon taxes: Revenue recycling and distributional impacts

Dr Miguel Tovar, ESRI, and Dr Muireann Lynch, ESRI


White goods appliances: electricity loads and residential curtailment contracts

Dr William Brazil, ESRI, and Dr John Curtis, ESRI

The future challenge


Delivering a climate neutral Europe by 2050 – The good, the bad and the policy

Dr Paul Deane, Research Fellow, UCC


Close of conference and lunch