Energy Policy

MaREI’s Energy Policy capabilities focus on increasing the evidence-base to allow informed policy choices by developing robust energy models and by building a range of future scenarios and energy models to inform these choices. The ‘Energy Policy’ team work closely with the ‘Energy Systems Modelling’ and ‘Low Carbon Opportunities’ teams to provide a holistic and integrated approach to the optimisation and advancement of MaREI’s Energy Policy & Modelling objectives. Models that are used to inform policy decisions include the Irish TIMES energy systems model, which provides optimised least-cost future energy system pathways for the future.

At a global level, political leaders have agreed to limit temperature rise associated with human induced climate change to 2oC above pre-industrial levels, and hence a significant shift in policy towards a low carbon energy system is required. The ‘Energy Policy’ team’s research has been published extensively, and has also been utilised to inform a wide number of energy and climate policy decisions at a national level. For more information relating to MaREI’s ‘Energy Policy’ capabilities, please contact one of the team members below, or visit the following link.

Core Research Areas Include

  • Policy Modelling

Ongoing Projects

  • Low-Carbon Transition Policy – Gemma O’Reilly
  • Increasing Residential Gas – Kathleen Krah
  • Fossil Fuel Lock-in in Ireland. How much value is at risk? – Conor Hickey
  • Building transport and residential energy systems models for Ireland – Eamonn Mulholland
  • Community engagement on climate change and energy – Clare Watson
  • LEAP Ireland 2050 Energy and Emissions Model – Tomas Mac Uidhir
  • Renewable Policy Modelling – Matthew Clancy
  • Modelling energy efficiency and energy savings using ODEX indicators – Emer Dennehy

For more information about these project, please contact the appropriate researcher using the contact details from below.