Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Ireland low-carbon future a key focus for IERC 2017 Conference

The global ‘trilemma’ on how to provide sustainable, stable and cost effective carbon-neutral energy is also a real challenge for Ireland. The EU has a 20% energy savings target through use of renewables such as wind, solar, wave and biomass by 2020, and recently updated to a new 30% energy efficiency target by 2030. Member states, including Ireland, may face significant financial penalties if the EU targets are not met. The International Energy Research Centre (IERC) is bringing together global experts along with indigenous startups, industry leaders, researchers and government representatives on Thursday 30 March at Fota Island Resort to discuss “Industry Driven Innovation: Realising Future Energy Systems”.

Speaking at the IERC Conference launch, Prof. Tony Day, Executive Director of IERC said, “At the IERC, we are focused on a collaborative approach which brings together all relevant parties to accelerate progress in the area of renewable energy. Government, industry, analysts, academics and researchers from across the globe will convene in Cork, with the agenda addressing the development of technologies to integrate energy sources, energy provision and ultimately usage by industry and consumers.”

Speakers from Bloomberg Finance, the European Commission, ESB Innovation, MaREI, SEAI, Amarenco and IERC among others will convene for a full day conference programme on Thursday 30 March 2017 in Cork. The conference sessions will look at how to drive energy performance of buildings, and innovate systems that enable households and communities to access affordable and secure electricity, while also accelerating the exploration of new clean energy solutions.

“We are delighted to welcome key influencers and policy makers, such as the European Commission Director of DG Energy, Marie Donnelly and industry leaders like Bloomberg Finance Head of EU Power and Carbon, Jonas Rooze as well as indigenous companies in the sector including Startup of the Year, Urban Volt’s Kevin Maughan to the IERC conference this year. The calibre of speakers and attendees demonstrates the ambition that we have at the IERC to maximising collaborative solutions for this sector,” added Prof. Tony Day.

For more information and to register for the IERC Annual Conference, please visit