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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.

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Recycling revenue can offset adverse impact of carbon tax on GDP, inequality and household income

A study finds that a carbon tax could have some adverse impacts on GDP, inequality and household income. However, the impact is limited and could be reduced by using a well-designed revenue recycling scheme.

ESRI-UCC-MaREI energy research: climate action conference held on 17 May 2019
ESRI-UCC-MaREI climate action conference

Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment opened a conference, which showcased findings from a number of collaborative projects between UCC and the ESRI, undertaken within the national Marine and Renewable Energy Ireland (MaREI) Centre. 


A series of publications examines how recreational angling benefits local economies in Ireland, in addition to the resources valued by anglers at fishing sites. 

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Household energy efficiency

Download research examining household energy use, including take-ups of retrofitting measures and the impact of smart meters. 

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Renewable energy

Research examines several aspects of renewable energy use and adoption in Ireland.