ESRI-UCC-MaREI energy research: climate action conference

Th 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.

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Conference Programme

Introduction

8:30

Registration & Coffee

9:00

Welcome Address

Professor Alan Barrett, Director, ESRI

9:10

Opening Address

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

The next 10 years

Chair: Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner for Regulation of Utilities

9:20

Can we meet our mandatory 2030 GHG emissions reduction target?

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

9:45

Green gas in the energy transition

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

10:10

Growing datacentres in Ireland and possible implications

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

10:35

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

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

11:00

Tea and coffee break

Policies and instruments

Chair: Ann-Marie Colbert, Gas Networks Ireland

11:20

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

11:45

Carbon taxes: Revenue recycling and distributional impacts

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

12:10

White goods appliances: electricity loads and residential curtailment contracts

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

The future challenge

12:35

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

Dr Paul Deane, Research Fellow, UCC

13:00

Close of conference and lunch