Climate & Development

Climate & Development Analysis

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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
14th June 2018

Smart Cities for the 21st Century: A New Age of Urban Electrification

Mr Ringelstein argued that a new dawn in the electrification of cities is upon us, which will equip urban planners with a greater ‘toolkit’ with which to envision a smarter 21st Century city

Climate & Development Publications

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.
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.
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.
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.
11th June 2013

A New Wave of European Climate and Energy Policy: Towards a 2030 Framework

Against a complex, challenging, and often contradictory background, the EU is currently trying to decide what kind of climate and energy regime it wants and needs in the post-2020 period. Should it replicate the formula of the 2008 Climate and Energy Package to 2030 and beyond? Or are there other pathways that may prove more effective or politically palatable? The European Commission has recently published a consultation paper on a 2030 climate and energy framework and enormous efforts are being expended in Brussels and across the Member States as stakeholders work to shape to terms of the debate. This policy brief attempts to provide an understanding of the current debates and to illuminate the key challenges in designing a new wave of European climate policy. It first sets out the current EU energy and climate framework and discusses progress made to date, before going on to outline a range of key challenges in the design of a 2030 framework. This is the fourth in a series of Environment Nexus policy briefs by experts in the field of climate, energy, agriculture and water.

Climate & Development Past Events

1st May 2018

Launch of The Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Plan 2018-2020

In his address, Minister Denis Naughten launched The Sustainable Development Goals: National Implementation Plan 2018-2020, which sets out how the Irish Government will implement the SDGs in Ireland and support countries around the world to do the same, particularly through the work of Irish Aid, Ireland’s programme for overseas development.
9th March 2018

Power Transfer 2030: The Pace, Democracy and Diversity of Power System Decarbonisation

Policy brief launch ‘Power Transfer 2030: The Pace, Democracy and Diversity of Power System Decarbonisation’ the speakers led a discussion on the future of Ireland’s electricity sector.
21st February 2018

Five Lenses on the Future of Global Development

Dr Kharas addressed the major trends and forces in development and argued that aid agencies need to adapt to the changing world and that the old narrative of celebrating the huge gains in poverty reduction will not long hold up to the scrutiny of publics asking what good their tax dollars are doing today.
14th December 2017

Irish Aid/IIEA Development Matters Report

In 2017, the IIEA and Irish Aid continued the joint series of development focused events, entitled “Development Matters” and was chaired by IIEA Director General, Barry Andrews.