Modelling Energy Efficiency in Irish Industry

Modelling Energy Efficiency in Irish Industry

Funding Body (EPA, FP7, etc): Sustainable Energy Ireland

Project type (PhD, post-doc, etc): PhD

Period (start to end): Feb 2008 – Jan 2011

Researcher: Caiman Cahill

Project Description

It is estimated that the European Union could reduce its energy consumption by at least 20% by improving the energy efficiency of all sectors. Energy efficiency is about doing more with less. Therefore, improving it will involve reducing consumption or increasing output, or both. Effective policies must be based on a good knowledge of the elements that influence energy efficiency in an economy. This research will deepen the understanding of the factors that effect the achievement of greater energy efficiency in Irish industry. The work will examine the influence of productivity in particular, on energy efficiency. Furthermore, the research will identify the best top-down methods to measure energy efficiency achievements in the industry sector.

Environmental Research Institute

University College Cork, Lee Road, Cork