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Danger Zone: Ireland’s emissions pathway

Danger Zone: Ireland’s emissions pathway

The Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (DCCAE) released the terms and conditions for the Support Scheme for Renewable Heat (SSRH) on 7 August. DCCAE has recently been active in the environmental space, announcing the following since the beginning of June: €500 million Climate Action Fund; Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation; Cabinet approval of the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS); Sectoral Planning Guidelines for Climate Change Adaptation; and €453,000 of department funding for Local Environmental Initiatives. The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) also announced a domestic solar grant.

These announcements followed an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) forecast in May that Ireland would barely make a dent in its overall emissions by 2020 on 2005 levels. Earlier in the year, the Climate Action Network (CAN) ranked Ireland second-worst among European Union nations for action on fighting climate change.

In this week’s blog, we consider Ireland’s performance against a range of relevant energy and climate oriented indicators.

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This article was originally written in Energy Spectrum on 21 March 2021. To find out more about a subscription to Energy Spectrum, please contact Nick on n.palmer@cornwall-insight.com. There are several challenges to reaching net zero, where its proponents believe nuclear could add value. Some of tomorrow’s main issues concern: How to provide low...

Commercial and market outlook

Heat pumps and peak power demand in North-West Europe in 2030

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Answers to some FAQs about Brexit

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Let markets run or regulate to accelerate: a false choice or key net zero decision?

Earlier this week Cornwall Insight convened a group of industry leaders from across the energy and investment space to discuss business preparedness for net zero, and what more can be done to unlock capital to make net zero a reality. The session, hosted by our non-executive chairman Volker Beckers, is...

Net zero corporates and ESG

Major energy policy and regulatory changes discussed in our December Net Zero Business forum

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