2015 Press Releases

ERI delegation heads to COP21

30 Nov 2015

An Environmental Research Institute (ERI) delegation, led by Prof Brian Ó Gallachóir, is attending COP21 in Paris. Representatives from 195 countries will meet to reach a new international climate agreement. 

The ERI successfully secured UNFCCC Observer Status for UCC in June, 2015 enabling the ERI to send a delegation.

Prof Brian Ó Gallachoir and his research team at the ERI are organising a side event at COP21 on Dec 3rd entitled Equitable Decarbonisation of the Global Energy System and will present results of research carried out on an equitable approach to meeting the 2 degree cap on human induced global warming alongside former Irish President Mary Robinson.



This event will explore what fair decarbonisation of the energy system means from a justice, technology and financial perspective. Results from a global integrated assessment model, which examines how the world (as subdivided into 15 regions) can stay on a 2˚C pathway and equitably decarbonise by 2100, will be presented.  To learn more about this event click on  http://www.ucc.ie/en/eri/eri@cop21/

The ERI has over 50 live climate change research projects ranging from energy modelling to inform mitigation policy, marine renewables, biofuels, building national platforms to support adaptation, climate technologies, atmospheric chemistry and financial appraisal of renewable energy assets and carbon liabilities. The Institute works to achieve impact on addressing climate change at both national and regional level in Ireland; their research teams are currently assisting the Irish Government in negotiations with the EU regarding Ireland’s 2030 targets for greenhouse gas emissions reduction and at regional level they are conducting a series Regional Climate Adaptation Seminars to help local authorities plan for ongoing and future climate changes using in-house tools.

Principal Investigators at the Institute currently chair and/or are members of a number of national and international advisory bodies related to climate change e.g. the recently established National Expert Advisory Council on Climate Change, Royal Irish Academy Climate Change Committee, Irish Environmental Protection Agency Advisory Board along with a number of International Energy Agency working groups. In October 2015 UCC signed the Outcome Statement of the International Scientific Conference “Our Common Future under Climate Change” supporting the principle that science is a foundation for smart decisions at COP21 and beyond.

If you would like to learn more about climate change research at the ERI  contact Institute Manager, Dr Paul Bolger at p.bolger@ucc.ie.

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