Planning our Energy Future is Ireland’s first energy planning conference and will explore the important role that energy planning can play in developing and implementing actions that will help us achieve ambitious national climate targets towards 2030 and 2050.
Organised by the Dublin Energy Agency Codema, this is a non-sponsored, not-for-profit online event taking place on Thursday 11th November from 9.30am-1pm, as COP26 draws to a close and the government’s new Climate Action Plan 2021 is published.
What is Energy Planning?
Energy Planning is a practice that is well established at local and regional levels across Europe, but has yet to be widely practiced in Ireland. Some of the key advantages of energy planning are the ability to assess and assist the practical application of national level policy and targets on the ground at a regional and local level, to understand the unique regional and local level energy characteristics and synergies which are often overlooked, and to future-proof energy supply and demand for the low-carbon transition through integration of local energy and spatial planning.
Topics to be covered during the conference include:
- The importance of energy planning within an Irish/national context
- The role of energy planning in achieving government ambitions and aligning with policies such as the forthcoming Climate Action Plan 2021
- Current situation on energy planning in Ireland – local to national
- The evolution of energy planning at a local level
- Irish case studies: The Dublin Region Energy Master Plan, which has been developed with the support of SEAI RD&D funding, and the Dingle Peninsula/Corca Dhuibhne 2030 Initiative
- International examples and learnings for Ireland
- Donna Gartland, CEO, Codema – Dublin’s Energy Agency
- Niall Cussen, Planning Regulator and Chief Executive, Office of the Planning Regulator
- Declan Meally, Director of Business, Public Sector and Transport at Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI)
- John O’Shea, Energy Systems Analyst / Heat & Electricity Lead, Codema – Dublin’s Energy Agency
- Rebecca Cachia, Energy Engineer/ Emissions & Energy Efficiency Lead, Codema – Dublin’s Energy Agency
- Tom Fitzgerald, Dingle Peninsula/Corca Dhuibhne 2030 Initiative
- Connor McGookin, MaREI / Dingle Peninsula/Corca Dhuibhne 2030 Initiative
- Judith Neyer, Senior Expert at Urban Innovation Vienna
- Jakob Zinck Thellufsen, Associate Professor in Energy Planning, University of Aalborg