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Where is the low carbon [sic] energy vision Ireland needs to mitigate climate change?

posted Mar 13, 2018, 3:44 AM by Barry McMullin   [ updated Mar 13, 2018, 4:17 AM by Paul Price ]
The 2018 Spring Energy Policy Seminar of the Nuclear Free Local Authorities (NFLA) All Ireland Forum took place on Friday 9th March in Omagh, Northern Ireland. The NFLA "... lobbies for improvements in the provision of renewable energy across Ireland, the encouraging of Council-led decentralised energy schemes and provides information on the risks to Ireland from the UK's nuclear energy and waste programme, as well as promoting the support of moves for international multilateral nuclear disarmament. The All-Ireland Forum is part of the UK and Ireland NFLA organisation which has four national Forums and itsheadquarters in Manchester."

I was invited to give a presentation at the event, with suggested title "Where is the low carbon energy vision Ireland needs to mitigate climate change? And how can it be delivered?" I explained to the organisers that nuclear energy is not prima facie excluded from the energy system scenarios I explore. Nonetheless, they kindly gave me the opportunity to present without any restriction, which I was very pleased to take up.

The presentation slides, including embedded links to more detailed resources are now available for download. The seminar itself was not recorded. However, I have made a screencast version of my own presentation, which can be viewed on the ie-nets youtube channel:

YouTube Video

 While the slides are exactly the same as the original live presentation, I took the opportunity to elaborate on a number of points, and this version is a good deal longer (at just over one hour) than the original c. 25 minute version presented in Omagh.

As I mention in the presentation, virtually every proposition I make is a simplification of some sort and could certainly be contested. I would welcome any comments or questions. I can be reached at: barry.mcmullin@dcu.ie