Research Areas & Staff
Climate and Environment Group
Peter Brennan, Managing Director of EPS Consulting.
About the Climate and Environment Group:
The Institute’s Climate and Environment Group monitors and analyses climate change and environmental policy at an international, European and national level, and researches the strategic implications of environmental change and environmental policies at domestic, European and international level. Since its establishment, the Group has undertaken a number of highly regarded research projects, which have informed and influenced the direction of climate policy in Ireland.
The Climate and Environment Group comprises high-level representatives from Government Departments, state agencies and companies, environmental NGOs and representatives from the professional and academic sector. The Group convenes regular meetings with international experts, and as such, provides a forum for the articulation of views and cross-germination of ideas on environmental issues. Some of these meetings are open to the wider membership and are of particular interest to policymakers, the media, the diplomatic corps, parliamentarians, government officials and the wider policy community.
In 2012, the Group will focus on: domestic climate policy and legislation in the context of the Government’s Roadmap for Policy and Legislation; the EU’s 2050 Low Carbon Roadmap; international climate negotiations; water policy; resource efficiency and sustainable development in the context of Rio+20.
Previous speakers on Environment include, amongst others:
Dr. Rajendra K. Pachauri, Chairman, Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change
Professor Hans Joachim Schellnhuber CBE, Director, Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research
Nick Mabey, CEO of E3G – Third Generation Environmentalism
Dr Giulio Boccaletti, Co-Founder and Leader, McKinsey’s Global Water Resources Initiative
Mary Robinson, President of the Mary Robinson Foundation – Climate Justice
Prof. Julia King, Author of the King Review on Low Carbon Transport
Mohamed El Baradei, then Director General of the IAEA
Prof. Robert Stavins, Director of the Harvard Project on Climate Agreements
Connie Hedegaard, EU Commissioner for Climate Action
David Kennedy, CEO of the UK Committee on Climate Change
The Hon. Eileen Claussen, President of the Pew Center on Global Climate Change
James Cameron, Chairman of the Carbon Disclosure Project