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Ireland's Energy Security in the Context of Brexit and the Renewable Energy Transition

  • Date(s)
    Thursday, 15 March 2018
  • Time(s)
    9:30 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member Rate: €245

    Non-Member Rate: €295

    NOTE: You can only book online using credit or debit card details.  If your preferred method of payment is by invoice / purchase order / bank transfer / other, please contact the CPD Training Team on 01-6651305, or email to secure a place.


  • CPD Credit
    5 hours   C1

Seminar overview

Ireland’s energy demands need to meet the objectives of the energy trilemma by being environmentally sound, economically viable and supplied from a secure source. Following on from COP21, and the subsequent Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act (2015), the Government have set out a course to enable the State to pursue, and achieve, the transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by  the end of the year 2050. But how will we get there and what are the short to medium term threats and opportunities that we will encounter along the way.

Seminar Aim

By inviting experienced experts and thought-leaders to present their views on Irelands energy security in the context of Brexit and the renewable energy transition, this seminar will provide attendees with a solid understanding of the challenges and opportunities facing Ireland and seeks to promote debate about how we can use these challenges and opportunities for the betterment of the Nation.

Learning Objectives

Delegates will learn:

  • What the DCCAE’s position is on transitioning to a low carbon economy
  • What options do we have to meet our long term energy and carbon objectives
  • What engineering opportunities are available to us
  • How climate change must influence policy-making in Ireland

Who Should Attend

  • Those wishing to learn what thought-leaders and policy makers are saying about Brexit and the low carbon economy
  • Those looking to contribute and offer their valued opinion on the matter
  • Those seeking to get an understanding of what Ireland’s ambitions are in relation to a low carbon economy, and the challenges and opportunities facing the State in the short, medium and long terms


Programme includes:


  1. Keynote address: Ireland’s commitment to security of supply and renewable energy | Martin Finucane, Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  2. "Future Energy Scenarios" consultation outputMarie Hayden, Manager of Scenario Planning, Eirgrid
  3. Ireland's fuel storage requirements |Shane Malone, Byrne Ó Cléirigh & Pat Meehan, Chief Executive, NORA
  4. Q & A


  1. Grid infrastructure and suitability of distribution system present and future | Jonathan Sandham, Smart Networks Manager, ESB
  2. Planning/county development plans relationship with future renewables penetration and energy efficiency | Niall Cussen - Chief Planner, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government
  3. Renewable Gas penetration | PJ McCarthy, Chair of the Renewable Gas Forum Ireland
  4. Q & A


  1. Interconnection with GB | Simon Ludlam, Project Director of Greenlink Interconnector, Element Power
  2. Technical solutions to the possible impacts of BrexitSean Collins, PhD Researcher,  UCC
  3. Climate change at the centre of policy-making in Ireland | Professor Peter Thorn, Maynooth University/Citizens' Assembly Expert Advisory Group
  4. Q & A

Make a Booking

15 March 2018


Confirmation is subject to event fee being finalised. Cancellation fees calculated at 50% of the estimated total bill will be charge for confirmed bookings cancelled less than 5 working days prior to the date of the planned event. A replacement person can attend instead. Cancellations made the day prior to an event will be charged 75% of the total estimated bill. No-shows will be charged the full fee. All cancellations must be confirmed in writing by email. Engineers Ireland will not be liable for any costs in the event of a course being re-scheduled.  This applies, but is not limited, to any travelling, subsistence or consequential expenses incurred by delegates.