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Energy and Climate Change

Research Fellow:
Joseph Curtin

Owen Lewis, Emeritus Professor of Architectural Science, UCD, and former Chair of SEAI
The Institute’s Energy and Climate Change monitors and analyses climate change and environmental policy at the international, European and national level and its strategic implications for Ireland and Europe. Since its establishment, the Group has undertaken a number of extensive research projects, which have contributed to the debate around climate and environmental policy in Ireland. 
The policy priorities for this group in 2016 fall under the overarching theme of sustainability. They are: Sustainable Cities and Transport; Business, Finance and Climate Change; and the Implementation of COP 21.  Since 2015 the IIEA also runs a major project on Climate-Smart Agriculture in partnership with the RDS.
The Energy and Climate Change group hosts regular briefings and events with international thought leaders and policymakers, offering an opportunity for Irish stakeholders to interact with leading international figures and to ground the debate firmly in an Irish context.

Previous speakers on Environment include, amongst others:

Mary Robinson, the UN Secretary-General’s Special Envoy for Climate Change; 

Maros Sefcovic, European Commission Vice President for Energy Union; 

Amory Lovins, Chairman of the Rocky Mountain Institute; 

Michael Liebreich, Founder, Bloomber New Energy Finance; 

Mark Campanale, Chief Executive of the Carbon Tracker Initiative;

Sean Kidney, CEO, The Climate Bonds Initiative;

Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change; 

Hans Joachim Schellnhuber, Director, PIK; 

Diarmuid O’Connell, Vice President, Tesla Motors; and

John Ashton, Former UK Special Envoy for Climate Change.



Climate Hero or Villain? An Analysis of China’s Plans for Low Carbon Transition

Understanding the European Council Conclusions on Climate: a 10 Step Guide

Climate Change, the Global Carbon Budget and the Path to Paris Infographics

Recent Projects:

IIEA-RDS Leadership Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture 

Joseph Curtin

Joseph Curtin

Senior Research Fellow
Energy and Climate Change