Climate & Development

Climate & Development Analysis

9th October 2018

Mobilising Governments and Businesses to Tackle Climate Change

Helen Clarkson addressed the IIEA on the importance of building networks in tackling climate change.
1min
3rd October 2018

California Dreamin’ of the EU’s climate strategy

In this climate policy blog, Joseph Curtin, IIEA Senior Research Fellow, examines how California’s climate performance would fare under the EU’s climate policy framework, and whether it would hold up under the microscope of closer inspection
6min
2nd October 2018

Ireland’s Energy and Climate Plan: Consolidation, Cohesion, Consultation

It has been well-documented that Ireland is unlikely to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets. To meet the country’s 2030 targets, an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap is needed now.
1min
24th September 2018

Decarbonisation Pathways for Europe: the Role of Electricity

Kristian Ruby argued that decisive action on climate change is needed, and that this requires a major shift to electricity in the EU
1min
4th September 2018

Call for Projects: Creative Solutions to Climate Change

Applications are now invited for a showcase of innovative solutions to climate change from all disciplines. Successful applicants will have the opportunity to present their project at a major international conference.
1min
24th August 2018

Tipping Points and Climate Impacts: We care, but when will we care enough?

As the fingerprints of climate change become more evident in our daily lives, our political representatives seem intent upon burying their heads ever-deeper into the sand. But how long can they remain so seemingly oblivious?
7min
16th July 2018

Data-Powered Rural Electrification

Mr Hamayun argued that the key to rural electrification is harnessing data to unlock capital, to learn more about the customer base and consequently, to transform lives.
1min
13th July 2018

Ireland and Africa – A Rich Relationship

In his address to the IIEA, the Tánaiste and Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade mapped the richness and diversity of Ireland’s relationship with Africa and a renewed commitment to development cooperation, as Ireland prepares to deepen its engagement though the ‘Global Ireland’ initiative.
22min

Climate & Development Publications

2nd October 2018

Ireland’s Energy and Climate Plan: Consolidation, Cohesion, Consultation

It has been well-documented that Ireland is unlikely to meet its 2020 climate and energy targets. To meet the country’s 2030 targets, an ambitious, but realistic, climate and energy roadmap is needed now.
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27th February 2018

Power Transfer 2030

The deployment of wind energy has been the biggest success story of Ireland’s decarbonisation thus far, with approximately 26% of electricity generated coming from this source in 2017. This is only the end of the beginning—a good foundation for the ultimate objective of complete power system decarbonisation. In this policy brief, we assess recent developments with a view to contributing to the debate on the power shift that will occur in the period to 2030. Under current Government proposals, our key findings are:
  • The pace of power system decarbonisation is likely to be slow over the coming decade because of an over-emphasis on controlling the Public Service Obligation (PSO) Levy. The increase in PSO required for renewables has not resulted in escalating electricity bills up to now, as is often assumed, and a greater pace of renewables deployment could in fact result in lower electricity prices by 2030.
  • There is a robust proposal to promote energy democracy. Opportunities for local communities to collectively develop wind and solar PV projects, and for households to invest in rooftop solar PV, are likely to feature prominently. For citizen energy to work in practice, however, there is a need to promote awareness and up-skilling of communities, and for persistent policy attention over the next decade.
  • Technological diversity is likely to remain low, and the dependence on on-shore wind for power system decarbonisation is likely to persist in the immediate future.
 
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5th July 2017

The harder the Brexit the hotter it gets? Exploring impacts for climate policy

This IIEA policy brief explores the implications of Brexit for climate policy, within the UK, at EU level and internationally. Four scenarios are considered: Remain, Soft Brexit, Hard Brexit and Ultra-Hard Brexit.
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14th July 2016

IIEA/RDS Climate Smart Agriculture Report

Ensuring food security for all and preventing dangerous climate change are two of the biggest challenges facing humanity in the 21st century. This report follows an 18-month process overseen by the IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate-Smart Agriculture (CSA), under which we worked with stakeholders and experts to identify smart, ambitious and pragmatic solutions for Irish agriculture within this global context.
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12th November 2014

Understanding the European Council Conclusions on Climate: A 10-Step Guide

At the October Summit, 28 EU leaders agreed a framework for climate policy in the period to 2030, most notable a commitment to reduce emissions by “at least” 40%. This enables the EU to bring a clear commitment to the Lima climate conference in December 2014. A constructive ambiguity, however, characterizes what was agreed in several key respects. Our analysis, which interprets the conclusions by answering 10 key questions, suggests that the new master plan may not be quite as ambitious as it seems.
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Climate & Development Past Events

5th July 2018

Rights and Fairness – Climate Justice Pathways to 1.5°C

In her address at the IIEA, Mary Robinson discussed the struggle to secure global justice for those people most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and how the Agenda 2030 and the Sustainable Development Goals have renewed the international community’s commitment to ending poverty and increasing equality while protecting planetary resources.
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29th June 2018

Ireland’s Climate and Energy policy within a European Context – A Critical Perspective

Ms Westblom took a critical look at Ireland’s role in contributing to the state of play of the EU’s current policies, and reviewed Ireland’s climate performance from a European perspective
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29th June 2018

Behavioural Economics and Our Low Carbon Transition

Jim Gannon argued that Meeting Ireland’s 2020 and 2030 energy targets will require a mind shift in how we do business and how we live our lives.
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29th June 2018

Blockchain: How Can it Enhance Global Development?

Mr. Dennehy discussed the application of blockchain to the global development sector. In particular, he focused on the benefits to be derived from increased security and traceability of aid, donations and remittances, substantial proportions of which are regularly lost to corruption and fraud.
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19th June 2018

Implementation of the National Development Plan 2018-2027

Robert Watt discussed how the Ten-Year Capital Plan will respond to Ireland’s key international and domestic challenges, and outlined governance arrangements to ensure its implementation.
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