Energy Policy and Modelling Research Group Outputs

The Energy Policy and Modelling Research Group (EPMG) are at the forefront of researching the future of Ireland’s energy system, the EPMG is dedicated to applying energy systems modelling and our expertise in the energy transition to advance the evidence base for the sustainable energy transition in Ireland and beyond. They are part of the Energy Policy & Modelling research area in MaREI, the Centre for Energy, Climate and Marine in the Environmental Research Institute, University College Cork, Ireland. 

Speaking of the impact EPMG (as part of MaREI) has had on policy, Jim Breslin, Former Secretary General, Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science stated, “MaREI is one of the standout success stories in Ireland’s efforts to achieve excellence and impact in research. […] Perhaps most impressively, MaREI has implemented a sophisticated and persistent engagement strategy to ensure the policy relevance and impact of this research. As a result, MaREI is highly respected and trusted by policy makers and is providing crucial expertise to successfully guide Ireland’s transition to net zero.”

According to Aoife MacEvilly, Commissioner for Energy Regulation “We have found [EPMG] modelling work to be invaluable, of a consistently high quality and have cited it in our consultation papers. We have also really valued the positive engagement with the EPMG team in helping to develop our own understanding of the implications of the sectoral emissions ceilings limits in our area”.

The Energy Policy and Modelling Research Group are leaders in research communications and engagement and their impact has been cited in the Climate Action Plan 2024 which noted, “work by the SFI MaREI Research Centre, whose research has informed the development of national climate policy for a decade and continues to inform annual Climate Action Plans”.

The infographics below provide an overview of their outputs and impacts. 



For more information on the EPMG group and current research projects, including information on the CAPACITY Phase 1 and Phase 2 projects, please visit the Energy Policy and Modelling Group (EPMG) website. 

Feature Project

CAPACITY (Climate Action Pathways & Absorptive Capacity)

The CAPACITY project will further develop and update tools to facilitate insights and robust decision making about the appropriate long-term decarbonisation pathway for Ireland.

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