The Annual IERC Conference “Post-Pandemic Charge Towards our 2030 Targets” took place virtually on 27th, 28th & 29th April


Conference Sessions

Tuesday, 27th April 2021  10:30 – 13:00 

Achieving Ireland’s carbon reduction targets for 2030 

In 2020, Ireland’s coalition government committed, as part of its final programme for government, to an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030 (a 51% reduction over the decade) and to achieving net zero emissions in Ireland by 2050. This goes beyond the targets that have been set previously and will require significantly deeper decarbonisation of the energy, heat and transport sectors than previously planned. This session will explore the implications of this commitment and what might need to happen from a technology, policy and societal point of view to make this 51% reduction in carbon a reality.  


Wednesday, 28th April 10:30 – 13:00

Reimagining the role of the energy market in the transition to Net Zero 

Electrical power systems and markets were conceived in an era when large-scale fossil fuel generation plant, connected to the transmission grid, was used to achieve economies of scale and reduce costs for all electricity users. In order to reach Net Zero, the electricity sector will need to be completely decarbonised and become instead highly reliant on renewables installed off-shore, on-shore and distributed deep within the electricity system including in people’s homes and communities. Ireland is at the cutting edge of this revolution within one of highest penetrations of renewable energy in the world. This session will focus on the challenges of developing an energy market that equitably delivers value for all customers and energy producers in the context of zero-marginal cost renewable energy distributed across the system from micro-generators up to multi-GW offshore windfarms.


Thursday, 29th April 10:30 – 13:00

Championing Low Carbon Heat & Decarbonising Buildings 

Building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions across the globe. In Ireland, the residential sector accounts for almost a quarter of Ireland’s carbon emissions with over two thirds of these coming from fossil fuels used primarily to heat residential buildings. Decarbonisation of buildings is non-trivial and existing approaches are expensive and disruptive, in particular to their occupants. Experts from across the building sector provide insights into some of the challenges associated with decarbonising buildings and the potential for low carbon heat generation, in all its forms, to support this transition. 



Professor Brian Norton, Head of Energy Research at IERC
William Walsh, Chief Executive Officer in SEAI
Dr. Piyush Verma, Senior Energy Market Analyst at IERC
Professor Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director of MaREI, University College Cork 
Clare Duffy, Network Development & Electrification Manager at ESB Networks 
Úna Nic Giolla Choille, Principal Officer in the Department of the Environment, Climate & Communications
Marie Donnelly, Chair of Climate Change Advisory Council
Dr. Shafi Khadem, Senior Researcher at IERC
Professor Andrew Keane, Director of the Energy Institute at University College Dublin 
Daniel Ring, Managing Director at Lawlor Consulting
Ruth Mourik, Chief Executive Office at DuneWorks B.V.
Dr Venizelos Efthymiou, Chairman of FOSS Research Centre for sustainable energy of the University of Cyprus & Cigre Cyprus.
John Mullins, , Executive Chairman at Amarenco 
Marion Jammet, Head of Policy and Advocacy at Irish Green Buildings Council
Donna Gartland, Chief Executive Officer at Codema 
Siona Daly, Acting Chief Executive Officer at Tipperary Energy Agency
John Beirne, Hydrogen Development Manager at Ervia  
Professor Sarah Culloty, Head of College, Science, Engineering and Food Science at University College Cork


Conference Agenda

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