Dr James Glynn

Title: Research Fellow
Role: Researcher
Location: University College Cork
Email: james.glynn@ucc.ie
Phone: +353 (0)21 420 5280


James’ research interests focus on the integrated energy systems models focusing on energy systems interactions with the climate and economy. He seeks sustainable development and climate mitigation transition pathways through integrated energy systems models such as IEA ETSAP-TIAM (Global), TIMES-GEO (Global), Irish-TIMES, TIMES_IRELAND, applied to the integrated assessment of climate mitigation and adaptation pathways, to explore macroeconomic impacts, and energy security impacts.


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James holds PhD in Energy Engineering (UCC), an M.Sc. in Energy Systems and the Environment (Strathclyde), an M.A. in Economic and Environmental Modelling (NUIG), and a B.Eng. in Mechanical Engineering (NUIG). He is an expert TIMES user and developer of  Irish-TIMES, TIMES_IRELAND, the global IEA-ETSAP TIMES Integrated Assessment model (ETSAP-TIAM) and TIMES_GEO. He contributes to the global ETSAP-TIAM developers group exploring novel developments in TIMES integrated energy system modelling, the TIMES source code, including high performance computing, climate interactions with the energy system, methods for model uncertainty using monte-carlo analysis and hybrid methods linking energy systems models with macroeconomic models to understanding the macroeconomic impacts of decarbonising the energy system. He is an EU-commission invited expert in TIMES. His recent publications including the role of direct air carbon capture and storage in global mitigation scenarios, as well as developing the first zero carbon energy system pathways for Ireland consistent with the Paris Agreement and the impact of local air pollution on equitable global decarbonisation. He has successfully lead multiple national and international research projects most recently completing a review of role of carbon capture and storage in global Integrated Assessment models for the IEAGHG and OGCI. He is currently leading the CHIMERA project developing the next generation TIMES_IRELAND and TIMES_GEO models in collaboration with Tsinghua University Beijing and Peking University Beijing. He is an executive committee member of the International Energy Agency’s technology collaboration program in energy technology and systems analysis (IEA-ETSAP), he serves on the steering group for the development of ESRI’s I3E-COSMO, IRELANDS environmental macroeconomic CGE model, he is on the advisory comittee for the German DLR BEAM-ME project on high performance optimisation algorithms, he was an expert reviewer of the EU Commissions DG-ENER new METIS energy system model and collaborates on multiple international energy-climate networks including the Integrated Assessment Modelling Consortium (IAMC) and JPI-Climate. He has been an invited as government panelist and adviser on energy security and energy poverty strategies for the most recent Irish Energy White Paper. He contributed to the technical modelling for the Irish Low Carbon road map during his PhD. James has  also published as part of Insight-E, an Academic-Industry think-tank advising the European Commission on energy security.


  • ETSAP-TIAM Community Integrated assessment climate-energy system model.
  • IEA-ETSAP “SubRES project” (replace eTechBriefs) – open source energy technology systems parameters database development
  • Associate to Climate Action Modelling Group (CAMG) in Ireland (MODELS: Irish-TIMES, LEAP-IE, I3E, Plexos_IE)
  • Associate to Connecting the Continents project (MODEL: PLEXOS-WORLD)


Realmonte, Giulia, Laurent Drouet, Ajay Gambhir, James Glynn, Adam Hawkes, Alexandre C. Köberle, and Massimo Tavoni. “An Inter-Model Assessment of the Role of Direct Air Capture in Deep Mitigation Pathways.” Nature Communications 10, no. 1 (2019): 1–14. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41467-019-10842-5.

Glynn, James, Maurizio Gargiulo, Alessandro Chiodi, Paul Deane, Fionn Rogan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir. “Zero Carbon Energy System Pathways for Ireland Consistent with the Paris Agreement.” Climate Policy 19, no. 1 (January 2, 2019): 30–42. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2018.1464893.

Winning, Matthew, James Price, Paul Ekins, Steve Pye, James Glynn, Jim Watson, and Christophe McGlade. “Nationally Determined Contributions under the Paris Agreement and the Costs of Delayed Action.” Climate Policy 0, no. 0 (May 23, 2019): 1–12. https://doi.org/10.1080/14693062.2019.1615858.

Sharma, Tarun, James Glynn, Evangelos Panos, Paul Deane, Maurizio Gargiulo, Fionn Rogan, and Brian Ó Gallachóir. “High Performance Computing for Energy System Optimization Models: Enhancing the Energy Policy Tool Kit.” Energy Policy 128 (May 1, 2019): 66–74. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2018.12.055.

Winning, Matthew, Steve Pye, James Glynn, Daniel Scamman, and Daniel Welsby. “How Low Can We Go? The Implications of Delayed Ratcheting and Negative Emissions Technologies on Achieving Well Below 2 °C,” 2018, 51–65. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74424-7_4.

Yue, Xiufeng, Fionn Rogan, James Glynn, and Brian Gallachóir. “From 2 °c to 1.5 °c: How Ambitious Can Ireland Be?” In Lecture Notes in Energy, 64:191–205. Lecture Notes in Energy. Springer, Cham, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74424-7_12.

Karlsson, Kenneth, Jørgen Nørgård, Juan Gea Bermúdez, Olexandr Balyk, Mathis Wackernagel, James Glynn, and Amit Kanudia. “The Role of Population, Affluence, Technological Development and Diet in a Below 2 °C World.” In Lecture Notes in Energy, 64:85–102. Lecture Notes in Energy. Springer, Cham, 2018. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-74424-7_6.

Kypreos, Socrates, James Glynn, Evangelos Panos, George Giannakidis, and Brian Ó Gallachóir. “Efficient and Equitable Climate Change Policies.” Systems 6, no. 2 (April 13, 2018): 10. https://doi.org/10.3390/systems6020010.

Glynn, James, Alessandro Chiodi, and Brian Ó Gallachóir. “Energy Security Assessment Methods: Quantifying the Security Co-Benefits of Decarbonising the Irish Energy System.” Energy Strategy Reviews 15 (March 2017): 72–88. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.esr.2016.11.005.

Glynn, James, Patrícia Fortes, Anna Krook-Riekkola, Maryse Labriet, Marc Vielle, Socrates Kypreos, Antti Lehtilä, et al. Economic Impacts of Future Changes in the Energy System—Global Perspectives. Lecture Notes in Energy. Vol. 30, 2015. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-16540-0_19.

Ó Gallachóir, Brian P., J.P. Deane, Alessandro Chiodi, James Glynn, and Fionn Rogan. “Energy Modelling to Inform the White Paper.” Dublin, Ireland, December 2015.

Glynn, James, Alessandro Chiodi, Maurizio Gargiulo, J. P. Deane, Morgan Bazilian, and Brian Ó Gallachóir. “Energy Security Analysis: The Case of Constrained Oil Supply for Ireland.” Energy Policy 66 (2014): 312–25. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.enpol.2013.11.043.

Deane, Paul, John Curtis, Alessandro Chiodi, Maurizio Gargiulo, Fionn Rogan, Denis Dineen, James Glynn, et al. “Technical Support on Developing Low Carbon Sector Roadmaps for Ireland,” no. 021 (2013): 1–125. papers2://publication/uuid/CE7C43F1-5449-4120-9C71-AB63D8680D4B.


  • IEA-ETSAP: Addressing uncertainty in TIMES [ETSAP-TIAM] using Monte Carlo Analysis
  • IEAGHG: CCS in Energy and Climate Scenarios
  • IEA-ETSAP: Linking TIMES to GTAP
  • IEA-ETSAP: Enhancing and Preparing TIMES for High-Performance Computing (HPC)
  • IEA-ETSAP: Introducing Local Air Pollution in IEA-ETSAP TIAM
  • IEA-ETSAP: Linking Energy Systems Models to Macro Economic Models
  • IEA-ETSAP: ETSAP-TIAMv.v2 Update
  • TIAM-MACRO global integrated economy-climate-energy system model.
    • Finance required for equitable decarbonisation.
    • Evaluating the external damage costs of Local Atmospheric Pollution.
  • Irish-TIMES integrated energy systems model for Ireland.
  • Irish-TIMES-MACRO hybrid integrated economy-energy system model for Ireland.
  • Science Foundation Ireland funded energy-economy work stream.
  • Gas Innovation Group project on maximizing opportunities for renewable gas.
  • SEAI – Energy Security Index Development for Ireland

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