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.

3rd June 2021

Climate and Community│’Le climat, Tous ensemble!’

This conference highlights the important role that each of us can play to address the serious climate and environmental challenges which we face.
14th May 2021

Climate and Community │ ‘Le climat, Tous ensemble!’

This conference will highlight the important role that each of us can play to address the serious climate and environmental challenges which we face.
13th May 2021

Ireland’s Priorities for International Development

Following the recent webinar address of Colm Brophy TD, Minister of State for Overseas Development and Diaspora, this blog considers the priorities he set out for Ireland’s international development agenda.
28th January 2021

Blog: Environmental Resilience and the Future of Water

On Monday, 1 February Loïc Fauchon, President of the World Water Council, will address the Institute as part of the Environmental Resilience lecture series, which is co-organised by the IIEA and EPA. A link to this event can be found here. This blog aims to give some background to the themes that will be discussed during the series and seeks to provide analysis on the major issues driving the international water sustainability agenda.
13th January 2021

Stabilising the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Special Representative Zerrougui discusses the current situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the work of the UN in the country, and long-term prospects for peace and stability.
18th December 2020

Stabilising the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Following the recent webinar address by Leila Zerrougui, Head of the UN Stabilisation Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO), this blog considers past progress and the outlook for MONUSCO as it moves towards gradual withdrawal.
8th December 2020

Politics and Governance in the Horn of Africa

This blog considers the governance challenges facing the Horn of Africa as outlined by Special Envoy of the UN Secretary-General, Parfait Onanga-Anyanga, in his recent webinar address.

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

30th April 2020

WEBINAR: The Global Implications of COVID-19: A World Health Perspective

In his presentation to the IIEA, Dr David Nabarro discusses the international Implications of COVID-19 and considers the role of the private sector in responding to it. This webinar is a part of the IIEA’s ‘Irish Aid Development Matters Lecture Series’.
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.