This research in Trinity College Dublin aims to foster sustainable transition in Irish communities. The main aim here is to understand which factors are important for each community in driving their transition.
Transition and transformation of consumption at the individual and community scale is needed for sustainability and imperative if we are to halt runaway climate change. These enablers provide the optimal environment for behaviour change to occur: this is important, as behaviour-change interventions drive greater resource and energy savings than any other type of intervention, be that product design or energy efficiency.
The evidence can be seen in Figure 1, where behaviour change (top right) passes out all other interventions. It is not that these other interventions are not worthwhile, but more that you ignore behaviour change at your peril.
The funding from the Environmental Protection Agency has enabled me to compile a list of factors which have enabled sustainable transition in communities across the globe. It has also enabled me to bring these enablers/factors to communities who test, rank and prioritise them.
Sarah McCormack is a professor, lecturer and researcher in renewable energy in Trinity College Dublin. Her specialist interests lie in solar PV and she has set up a research laboratory where her postdoctoral and postgraduate students work. Her research profile can be seen on Researchgate. She was one of seven TCD researchers in 2015 to acquire major funding for her research winning 1.5 million euro. Her work with Carragher sees the school of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering expand its expertise and include the domain of community. This research aims to enhance the sustainable transition of communities in Ireland and beyond.