Climate & Sustainability

Climate & Sustainability Analysis

3rd June 2021

Harnessing Inclusive Multilateralism for International Development

Commissioner Urpilainen reflects on the role of inclusive multilateralism in international development and provides insights as to how it can used to foster partnerships in the context of international development.
1min
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.
2min
21st May 2021

The Value of Energy: A New Framework for the Transition to Net-Zero Emissions

This explainer looks back at the recent IIEA/ESB REthink Energy event, entitled “The Value of Energy: A New Framework for the Transition to Net-Zero Emissions”. It outlines 5 key takeaways, offers a summary of the presentation, and highlights one key slide from the presentation.
11min
14th May 2021

The Value of Energy: A New Framework for the Transition to Net Zero

Three expert speakers assess the implications of a new framework to accelerate economic growth and facilitate a clean energy transition.
3min
14th May 2021

Enhancing Global Health Preparedness for the Future

Peter Sands reflects on the lessons of the COVID-19 pandemic for future-proofing global health systems and identifies avenues for enhancing global health preparedness
2min
11th May 2021

The Future of Flying: Zero-Emission Aviation

Mr Llewellyn highlights the factors needed to lay the groundwork for a climate-neutral commercial aircraft.
2min
11th May 2021

Ireland’s Priorities for International Development

Minister Brophy reflects on the ambitions of Ireland’s international development programme and particular commitments in the areas of climate action and gender equality.
1min
11th May 2021

Circularity to Restore the Earth

Ms Andersen argues that incorporating circularity into economic models will be vital to restore the earth and to secure humanity’s future.
2min

Climate & Sustainability Publications

22nd October 2020

Course Correction: China is going Carbon Neutral

This paper considers China’s ambitions to hit peak greenhouse gas emissions before 2030 and become carbon neutral by 2060, arguing that such a significant shift would make a profound contribution to the effort to keep global temperatures well below 2oC and would play an enormous part in possibly achieving the targets of the Paris Climate Agreement.  
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2nd December 2019

Greening the European Investment Bank

The European Investment Bank (EIB) is an important actor in the EU’s efforts to transition to carbon neutrality by 2050. In response to calls from the European Council and European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen, the EIB has committed to scaling up its climate-related activities in order to become the EU’s dedicated climate bank. This briefing examines the EIB’s recent activities in support of climate action and considers the Bank’s capacity to finance the green transition in the EU.
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25th October 2019

Angela Merkel: The Climate Chancellor?

Germany’s 2030 Climate Protection Programme was unveiled on 20 September 2019. This briefing outlines the context in which the programme was launched and how it fits into Angela Merkel’s legacy as the Climate Chancellor.
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2nd April 2019

One Step Forward, One Step Back Again: Assessing the Consequences of Three Decades’ Climate Gridlock in the US

This IIEA report reviews three decades of US Federal climate “gridlock” and estimates the damage caused to the global economy from “unnecessary” greenhouse gas emissions.  
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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.
 
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Climate & Sustainability Past Events

19th March 2021

Cities and Climate Action: Perspectives from Dublin and Marseille

Hazel Chu, Lord Mayor of Dublin and Michèle Rubirola, Deputy Mayor of Marseille discuss their efforts in making Dublin and Marseille sustainable and climate-resilient cities.
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2nd March 2021

Ireland and the Arctic Council

The Department of Foreign Affairs and the IIEA jointly host this public webinar on “Ireland and the Arctic Council”  to discuss some of the issues and opportunities arising from Ireland’s application for observer status to the Council.
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10th February 2021

The Future of Water: Opportunity and Risk

Mr Loïc Fauchon argues that equitable access to safe water is a prerequisite for sustainable development and is integral to harnessing ecological resilience.
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13th January 2021

The European Green Deal: Future-Proofing Energy in Ireland

Minister Eamon Ryan examines the impact that the European Green Deal will have on Irish energy policy in the context of the transition to net-zero emissions.
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13th January 2021

Innovation Driving a Green and Just Transition: Mission 2050

Dr John Bell examines the important role of research and innovation in the drive towards a green and just transition.
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