Climate & Development

Climate & Development Analysis

The Climate Change Group focuses on climate mitigation and adaptation policies, such as; climate action, environmental governance, biodiversity, the circular economy, the just transition, and the ‘greening of the financial system’.

The Institute’s Development Matters Series analyses the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals and focuses on peace and security in Africa, climate change, gender, governance and sustainability.

11th July 2019

Realising the Promise of a New Global Compact on Refugees

In his address to the IIEA, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi, shares his personal perspective on the dynamics of forced displacement and the global response to refugees. He discusses the implications of the new Global Compact on Refugees and look ahead to the first ever Global Refugee Forum, to be held in Geneva in December.
11th July 2019

Saving Lives in Humanitarian Crises: An EU Perspective

In her address to the IIEA, Monique Pariat outlines at the priorities for the European Union – as one of the top humanitarian donors and emergency responders – and addresses some of the causal factors for crises in 2019.
2nd July 2019

Recalibrating Ireland’s NECP

On 18 June 2019, the European Commission presented its assessment of all Member States’ draft NECPs collectively, and issued recommendations to each Member State individually.
27th June 2019

Answering the Pledge of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – Reaching the Furthest Behind First

Ms Moorehead and Ms McDonnell discuss the international community’s commitment to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals for everyone and to leaving no one behind. They reflect on the implications of the Leave No One Behind report for Ireland’s policy for international development, A Better World, and its priority of reaching the furthest behind first.
3rd May 2019

Why and How to Engage the Private Sector to Accelerate Advances in Global Nutrition

In his address to the IIEA, Dr Lawrence Haddan argues that in order to address the key drivers of malnutrition, collaboration between the public and private sectors is essential. Dr Haddad suggests the most effective ways to seize opportunities and minimise risks.
17th April 2019

UNIDO: A Better World through Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development

In his address to the IIEA, Director General LI Yong discusses the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation’s mandate of inclusive and sustainable industrial development in the context of the 2030 Agenda and Ireland’s new A Better World international development policy.
15th March 2019

Decarbonised, Decentralised and Digitalised – How Achieving Sustainable Energy Can Help Us Meet the Paris Agreement Goals And Ensure We Leave No One Behind

Rachel Kyte argues in favour of energy systems that can drive economies yet have zero net emissions and challenge policy makers to muster the courage to build energy systems of the future which are affordable, clean and that work for everyone.
25th February 2019

Ocean Change, Climate Change and a Sustainable Future

H.E. Peter Thomson presents the challenging developments underway in the Ocean and solutions being considered by science, civil society and governments. He conveys the perspective of Small Island Developing Countries to the challenges of Ocean change and expands on the actions that countries like Ireland can take to restore the Ocean’s health.

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.
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.

Climate & Development Past Events

7th January 2019

Building Consensus: The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration

On the day that The Global Compact for Safe, Orderly and Regular Migration is formally being adopted, Michelle Klein Solomon analysed the implications and outcomes from the UN Conference in Marrakech (10-11 December). In her address to the IIEA, she discussed the leadership role that the IOM has played in developing a people-centred, balanced and forward looking global agenda on international migration.
13th December 2018

Good Governance and Sustainable Development – Rwanda’s Perspective

H.E. Yamina Karitanyi discussed the key factors that have led to Rwanda’s transformation from a war torn country with no resources or infrastructure, to the second most competitive and safest country in Africa. She explained what Rwanda is doing to share its experiences with other countries and how it is furthering its commitment to the Sustainable Development Goals.
29th November 2018

A Carbon Tax That Works for Citizens

Joseph Curtin assessed how a rapidly increasing carbon tax might be implemented in Ireland.
26th November 2018

Towards Ireland’s New Approach to Development

Ciarán Cannon T.D. will give his perspectives on the Government’s new development policy which is nearing finalisation and will focus on how Ireland is positioning itself internationally through its development cooperation and humanitarian assistance to respond to a rapidly changing global context.
7th November 2018

Creative Responses to Climate Change: a Marketplace for Ideas

Mary Robinson, Hindou Oumarou Ibrahim and many more speakers marked the second anniversary of the Paris Agreement.