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Ireland and China to Collaborate in a Global Climate Effort

29 Jun 2018

Researchers MaREI/ERI and the Peoples Republic of China have secured €1,470,000 in funds from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and Nationa Science Foundation Chins (NSFC) for a joint project on reducint Co2 emissions.

Tánaiste Simon Coveney and Minister Pat Breen announce over €12 million in joint research funding with Chinese Science Foundation

Eight new Science Foundation Ireland – National Natural Science Foundation of China Partnerships have been announced with MaREI/ERI and the Peoples Republic of China securing €1,470,000 in funds from the overall allocation of 12 million from Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) and National Science Foundation China (NSFC) for a joint project on reducing CO2 emissions.

The partnership was setup to fund innovative projects that support excellent collaborative scientific research that have potential economic and societal impact. ‘CHIMERA[1]’ (China Ireland Modelling Energy Research Assessments) is the first SFI-NSFC project funded in the Energy and Environmental Sustainability category.

Prof. Brian Ó Gallachóir, Director of MaREI commented “Ireland and China have both signed up to the Paris Agreement on Climate Action. This presents significant economic opportunities and challenges for both countries. This project will explore how we can achieve the greatest economic advantage from the transition to a low carbon clean energy future. We will investigate which energy technologies, processes, and services will provide new job opportunities in the future by linking energy computer models with economic models. Prof. Chen and I have collaborated previously through a Technology Collaboration Programme of the International Energy Agency that I’m the Chairperson of. I am really looking forward to harnessing this opportunity provided by SFI and NSFC to strengthen the collaboration between MaREI and the Tsinghua University.”

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