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Joseph Curtin

Senior Research Fellow


Sustainable Agriculture
European and International Climate Politics
Building Energy use efficiency

Energy Efficiency Project

Joseph Curtin is Senior Research Fellow with responsibility for climate change policy at IIEA, and project leader of the Climate-Smart Agriculture project. Over the past decade he has worked for the OECD, Ireland’s National Economic and Social Council (an advisory council to the Irish Prime Minister) and the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland. He has published papers on climate finance, energy efficiency, climate smart agriculture as well as assessments of the climate policies of Germany, Italy, Sweden, Norway and Israel for the OECD. He has also published on EU and UN climate policy, and drafted reports to Government on Irish climate policy development for NESC. He is a regular contributor to national and international media on climate economics and policy, and has presented to Irish Parliament on numerous occasions, as well as to numerous OECD Ministers for Environment on their national climate policy development. He is particularly interested in exploring the co-benefits of ambitious climate action. 

Latest Articles:

RTCC: Time for farming to be taken seriously at UN climate talks?

Independent.ie: Why we must be global leader in climate-change challenge


Thinking Deeper: Financing Options for Home Retrofit

From Farm to Fork: A Sustainability Enhancement Programme for the Irish Agri-Food Industry

Jobs, Growth and Reduced Energy Costs: Greenprint for a National Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme

The Climate Change Challenge: Strategic Issues, Options and Implications for Ireland

The Copenhagen Conference: How Should the EU Respond?

There were four Occasional Papers accompany this book:

Paper 1 - Paper 2 - Paper 3 Paper 4

“Key Policies I – Energy and Environment”, in Lisbon: What the Reform Treaty Means



“Ireland's National Climate Change Strategy” - Opinion and Analysis - The Irish Times - November 2010

“Positioning Ireland for the Coming Water Crisis” - Business & Finance - June 2009

“Is Green the New Black?” - Extended op-ed in Business & Finance - Feb 2009

“Treaty to Make a Difference on Climate Change” - Irish Times - May 2008

“Spotlight: Climate Change – Implications for Ireland” - Oireachtas Library and Research Service - 23 June 2008


Related News:

IIEA to help Irish Food Producers - 27 May 2009



Jobs, Growth and Reduced Energy Costs: Greenprint for a National Energy Efficiency Retrofit Programme
Interview with Matt Copper, The Last Word, 2FM - 21 Oct 2009

The Carbon Challenge Facing Ireland: Launch of Carbon Disclosure Project in Ireland - April 2009

Presentation of Results of Stakeholders Survey: Agriculture and Climate Change, IIEA Dublin Castle Conference - Jan 2009

Policy Options for Ireland: Climate-Energy Policy Conference (organised by ESB, Leuven) - January 2009

EU climate change policy and implications for Ireland, Environment in Ireland 2008 (organised by EPA) - Sept 2008

European Climate Change Proposals and Irish Responses, to Senior Interdepartmental Officials Group - April 2008

The Climate Change Package: Implications for Ireland, to Joint Irish Parliamentary Committee on Energy and Climate Change - March 2008

Conference Chairperson: Housing in a Changing Climate, Energy Action Conference - June 2008



Greens Flavor of the Day in Domestic Climate Policy - 15 December 2009

Leaks no Impact on Copenhagen Blueprint - 9 December 2009

Planning for the 21st Century: More Than “Permission to Build” - 7 December 2009

Copenhagen: As MAD as it seems? - 3 December 2009

Copenhagen, the Commission, the IIEA and Sustainable Agriculture - 10 November 2009

New Commission Plan on Energy Efficiency Dovetail with Irish Intentions - 27 October 2009

Lisbon: a battle for hearts not minds? - 5 October 2009

Commission’s Copenhagen Blueprint can Break the Deadlock - 22 September 2009

An Board Snip, Energy Savings and Market Failure - 27 July 2009

"Can one crisis lead the way to recovery from another?"- 13 July 2009

Falling asleep at the wheel - will rising oil stamp out the green shoots of recovery? - 29 June 2009

Positioning Ireland for the Coming Water Crisis - 02 June 2009

Declining voter turnout: who exactly is loosing sleep? - 29 May 2009

Bolters and Bombers - 18 May 2009

Positioning Ireland For The Coming Water Crisis - 02 June 2009

Commission's Copenhagen Blueprint can Break the Deadlock- 22 September 2009

Climate Thinkers Blog- Copenhagen 2009 - 9 July 2009