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IERC Annual Conference 2021: Post-Pandemic Charge Towards our 2030 Targets

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Post Pandemic Charge Towards our 2030 Targets

IERC Conference will take place virtually on the mornings of 27th, 28th & 29th April 2021.

Each morning will be divided in to three sessions:

  1. Achieving Ireland’s carbon reduction targets for 2030
  2. Reimagining the role of the energy market in the transition to Net Zero
  3. Championing Low Carbon Heat and Decarbonisation

Further details of the conference including agenda and speakers can be found on the IERC Website

Conference sessions:

Tuesday, 27th April 2021 10:30 – 13:00

Achieving Ireland’s carbon reduction targets for 2030

In 2020, Ireland’s coalition government committed, as part of its final programme for government, to an average 7% per annum reduction in overall greenhouse gas emissions from 2021 to 2030 (a 51% reduction over the decade) and to achieving net zero emissions in Ireland by 2050. This goes beyond the targets that have been set previously and will require significantly deeper decarbonisation of the energy, heat and transport sectors than previously planned. This session will explore the implications of this commitment and what might need to happen from a technology, policy and societal point of view to make this 51% reduction in carbon a reality.

Wednesday, 28th April 10:30 – 13:00

Reimagining the role of the energy market in the transition to Net Zero

Electrical power systems and markets were conceived in an era when large-scale fossil fuel generation plant, connected to the transmission grid, was used to achieve economies of scale and reduce costs for all electricity users. In order to reach Net Zero, the electricity sector will need to be completely decarbonised and become instead highly reliant on renewables installed off-shore, on-shore and distributed deep within the electricity system including in people’s homes and communities. Ireland is at the cutting edge of this revolution within one of highest penetrations of renewable energy in the world. This session will focus on the challenges of developing an energy market that equitably delivers value for all customers and energy producers in the context of zero-marginal cost renewable energy distributed across the system from micro-generators up to multi-GW offshore windfarms.

Thursday, 29th April 10:30 – 13:00

Championing Low Carbon Heat & Decarbonising Buildings

Building and construction are responsible for 39% of all carbon emissions across the globe. In Ireland, the residential sector accounts for almost a quarter of Ireland’s carbon emissions with over two thirds of these coming from fossil fuels used primarily to heat residential buildings. Decarbonisation of buildings is non-trivial and existing approaches are expensive and disruptive, in particular to their occupants. Experts from across the building sector provide insights into some of the challenges associated with decarbonising buildings and the potential for low carbon heat generation, in all its forms, to support this transition.

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