Energy, Environment and Infrastructure
Research in this area combines expertise in economics, engineering and behavioural psychology to examine policy challenges related to climate change, energy security and sustainable use of environmental resources.
New research conducted by the Economic and Social Research Institute and produced in partnership with the Shared Island unit in the Department of the Taoiseach has found that aligned renewable energy targets in Ireland and Northern Ireland support lower costs across the island.
This study shows that the removal of these free EU ETS allowances and taxing kerosene fuel, as proposed in the European Commission's “Fit for 55” package of measures, would lead to the greatest emission reductions at the lowest cost to the Irish aviation industry and the economy, compared with other measures such as the implementation of passenger taxation or charging VAT on flights.
Research examining energy poverty in Ireland and its relationship with interlinked social, economic and environmental issues.
Research on household energy use, including take-ups of retrofitting measures and the impact of smart meters.
Research examining several aspects of climate change mitigation, including carbon taxes and renewable energy.