Climate & Sustainability

Climate & Sustainability Analysis

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.
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.
28th November 2017

Guest blog – Charlotte Petri Gornitzka, Chair of the OECD’s Development Assistance Committee

We have witnessed remarkable improvements regarding extreme poverty around the world over the last number of decades. The global extreme poverty rate is down to around ten percent, 9 out of 10 children worldwide get primary education and World Bank data show that around 45 countries have left the Low Income Country category during the last 30 years.
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

IIEA Presentation to Citizen’s Assembly on Climate Change

IIEA Senior Fellow, Joseph Curtin, presented to the Citizen’s Assembly on Saturday, 30 October 2017 on the topic of How Ireland Can Become a Leader on Climate Change.
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.

Climate & Sustainability Publications

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.
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 & Sustainability Past Events

5th July 2017

Urbanisation: A Tool for Development

The recognition of the transformative power of urbanisation as an engine for sustainable development is a historical paradigm shift initiated by Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development. Dr Clos argued that cities provide a unique opportunity to effectively address many of our problems today: social inequality, economic development, climate change and resilience to natural and man-made disasters. At this critical junction in our global history, innovative solutions are required to meet the most pressing challenges faced by our cities. The New Urban Agenda is an action-oriented plan which sets global standards for sustainable urban development, rethinking the way we build, manage, and live in cities, contributing to prosperity, employments and development.
22nd June 2017

Crash or Cooperate? – Climate Change, Brexit and the Future of Europe

Brexit will have a profound impact on energy and climate change policy in both the United Kingdom and the EU27. For the United Kingdom, the post-Brexit absence of EU environmental legislation and EU-level long-term climate and energy targets will pose environmental sustainability and energy security challenges. At the same time, the EU is set to lose some of its most skilled and experienced climate diplomats in a time where EU leadership on global climate change issues is crucial. In his address, Nick Mabey discussed how leaders on both sides of Brexit negotiations can generate a constructive dialogue around these critical policy areas.
5th May 2017

Electricity Industry Perspectives on the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” Package

In this presentation, Dr Fergal McNamara gave the reaction of the electricity industry to the “Clean Energy for All Europeans” package, with special emphasis on Distribution System Operator (DSO) viewpoints. EURELECTRIC is the sector association which represents over 2,700 DSOs, retailers and generators across Europe in public affairs matters in Brussels. 
24th April 2017

Climate science and skepticism: a history of the warming hiatus

Despite a robust multi-decadal long-term trend of global warming, much scientific attention and publicity has surrounded an alleged global warming hiatus, or slowdown. Record-breaking global temperatures in 2014, 2015 and 2016 have reaffirmed the warming trend, and effectively ended discussion of a hiatus. In his talk, Prof. Peter Thorne provided an insider’s perspective on the hiatus’s rise to prominence, and assessed the scientific and societal implications.
29th March 2017

International Development: Meeting the Challenges with Resolve – Ireland’s Perspective

As the world faces an increasingly complex series of interlocking crises, the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda is a call to action for countries to rethink their commitment to international development.