Climate Action

“Enable positive climate action through the provision of leadership in the areas of climate mitigation, climate adaptation, climate science, and climate dialogue”

The impetus for creating a sustainable society has never been clearer. Our economies are approaching the ecological limits within which they are embedded and we are already experiencing the consequences in areas such as climate change, biodiversity loss and resource depletion. Population growth, changing lifestyles and economic growth will compound challenges such as climate change. Hence, it is essential that our response to these challenges is coordinated into defined plans for positive Climate Action.

MaREI has established itself as a leader in developing research capacity and delivering impact in key Climate Action areas. In addition to those topics outlined under Research Priority 1 (The Energy Transition), we are also specifically focussing on key topics such as climate mitigation, climate adaptation, and climate science. We are developing tools that can support the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon environment, increasing the evidence base underpinning climate and energy policy decisions in Ireland, and are exploring the key role of society and innovation in addressing climate action. We are supporting energy demand reduction and the decarbonisation of buildings, and have developed underlying science in the areas of air pollution and atmospheric composition. We have also assumed an important educational role through initiatives such as the Climate Ireland platform, and in facilitating citizen engagement, dialogue and regional assemblies

Objective 1: Develop technology pathways to support climate mitigation and adaptation, including climate- proofing and decarbonisation in the built environment, and bioenergy in circular bioeconomy systems

Objective 2: Provide the necessary underlying climate science in the areas of air pollution and atmospheric composition required to support climate mitigation and adaptation measures

Objective 3: Support climate education in order to grow and develop the role of society in positive climate action, including transdisciplinary research on sustainability