Climate & Sustainability

Climate & Sustainability Analysis

16th May 2018

Meeting Ireland’s Climate Commitments for 2020 and 2030: an Update

IIEA Senior Fellow, Joseph Curtin presented to the Joint Committee on Communications, Climate Action and Environment on May 16th.
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.
27th February 2018

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

Today the IIEA launches a new report on the decarbonisation of Ireland’s power system, examining the pace, democracy, and diversity of decarbonisation. 
21st February 2018

Five Lenses on the Future of Global Development

Dr Kharas will addresss the major trends and forces in development and will argue 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.
4th December 2017

Ensuring Development Co-Operation is Fit to Deliver on the 2030 Agenda

The current development landscape is changing rapidly with new development actors, complex political environments, shifting dynamics and misconceptions about development co-operation.

Climate & Sustainability 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.
30th July 2015

National Survey Analysis

Leadership in climate-smart agriculture to bring benefits for Ireland say experts and stakeholders. Under the Auspices of the IIEA/RDS Leadership Forum on Climate Smart Agriculture, we conducted a survey of over 1,500 national experts and stakeholders exploring attitudes to Irish Leadership on climate-smart agriculture. Written by IIEA Senior Research Fellow Joseph Curtin.
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 & Sustainability Past Events

30th November 2017

The Human Cost of Conflict: The Search for Dignity and Rights of Palestine Refugees

Commissioner Krähenbühl discussed the situation of Palestinian refugees and the contribution UNWRA has made to promoting stability in the region. The Commissioner stressed that in a world affected by many other armed conflict and crises, it is vital that the international community not forget the situation of Palestine refugees.
28th November 2017

The Future of Sustainable Biofuels in Europe: Part of the Solution Not Part of the Problem?

The speakers from UCC and Ethanol Europe Renewables, led a discussion on the uncertain future faced by biofuels in Europe within the context of ongoing EU negotiations.
24th November 2017

Confronting the Backlash Against Human Rights

Assistant Secretary-General Gilmour argued that there is a growing backlash against human rights in many parts of the world.
3rd October 2017

Managing Climate-Related Financial Risk

As the impacts of climate change become increasingly apparent, climate-related risks have become prominent considerations for the financial sector and regulators.
20th July 2017

Shared Mobility as a key instrument for better Quality of Urban Life

In his keynote address, Mr. Viegas discussed the main mobility-related problems affecting quality of urban life and proposed a new approach to address these challenges, taking advantage of the possibilities opened by digital connectivity. He showed how ride sharing can play a key role in addressing congestion, air pollution, greenhouse gas emissions, parking, car use and car ownership. He focused in particular on lessons learned on the International Transport Forum simulations that have been run in Lisbon in which buses and cars were replaced by different types of shared vehicles. Finally, he discussed the potential application of ride sharing in Dublin.