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 from the ESRI analyses how the COVID-19 crisis will impact upon the Irish economy and environment. It finds that Irish GDP is expected to decrease by around 13 per cent in 2020 as a result of the economic disruptions caused by the COVID-19 crisis. From an environmental perspective, economy-wide CO2 emissions are expected to decrease by 9.5 per cent this year. However, this reduction is short-lived as the low current energy prices increase energy demand and emissions rise again in 2021.
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.
Download research examining household energy use, including take-ups of retrofitting measures and the impact of smart meters.
Research examines several aspects of climate change mitigation, including carbon taxes and renewable energy.