In Ireland and beyond, 2021 represents a decisive moment in the transition to a net zero carbon future.

Legislating for a total reduction of 51 per cent of emissions by 2030 and a national objective of climate neutrality “no later than 2050”, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 will establish a legal framework for Ireland to meet these targets, as well as its European and international commitments and obligations.

Given the scale of the ambition to 2030 and beyond, this year’s conference will consider how the energy sector must respond; transforming how we generate and consume energy to deliver the transition.


Key themes for 2021:

  • Implications of an Irish Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act
  • European energy policy outlook
  • Irish energy leaders’ debate: Electricity; heat; transport; and industry
  • Future of energy markets
  • Decarbonising Ireland’s gas network
  • The potential of geothermal and bioenergy for heat in Ireland
  • Offshore wind: The Offshore Renewable Electricity Support Scheme
  • Digitalising energy for a sustainable future
  • Renewable energy technologies: Solar; green hydrogen; and bioenergy

Speakers include:

  • Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications
  • Kadri Simson, European Commissioner for Energy
  • William Walsh, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland
  • Stephen Wheeler, SSE
  • Dave Kirwan, Bord Gáis Energy
  • Marguerite Sayers, ESB
  • Jim Gannon, Commission for Regulation of Utilities
  • Cathal Marley, Ervia
  • Niamh McGovern, Arthur Cox
  • John FitzGerald, Climate Change Advisory Council
  • Brian Ó Gallachóir, MaREI Centre, University College Cork
  • Conall Bolger, Irish Solar Energy Association
  • Leo Quinn, Mainstream Renewable Power
  • Eamonn Confrey, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
  • Paddy Phelan, Irish Energy Storage Association
  • Tanya Harrington, Renewable Energy Ireland
  • Sarah Blake, Geological Survey Ireland
  • Noel Cunniffe, Wind Energy Ireland       
  • Catherine O’Brien, Accenture Ireland
  • Lisa Ryan, University College Dublin
  • Claire Madden, Ervia     
  • Rory Monaghan, NUI Galway    
  • Ashling Cunningham, Ervia
  • Ciarán Flynn, Goodbody
  • Richard Murphy, Pinsent Masons
  • Seán Finan, Irish Bioenergy Association
  • Nguyen Dinh, MaREI Centre, University College Cork     
  • Ute Collier, International Renewable Energy Agency
  • Paul Cuffe, University College Dublin     
  • Prof J Owen Lewis, Energy Institute       
  • Mike Fulwood, Oxford Institute for Energy Studies
  • Shaharyar Khan, MIT Sloan School
  • Stephen Woodhouse, Afry
  • Kevin McPartlan, Fuels for Ireland    
  • Oisín Coghlan, Friends of the Earth
  • Marie Donnelly, Climate Change Advisory Council 
  • Susanna Pflϋger, European Biogas Association

See full programme:

Five reasons you should book your place now!

  1. Ireland’s major annual energy conference – all key players attend
  2. Hear from Ireland’s energy leaders: DECC, CRU, ESB, Ervia, Bord Gáis Energy, SSE, SEAI, Bord na Móna
  3. High profile visiting experts presenting external perspectives
  4. Opportunity to hear all the latest developments in Irish energy in one place
  5. Opportunities for Q&A with speakers

Conference format

The 2021 Energy Ireland Conference will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference.

This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will present with slides and video
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
  • IT support for delegates throughout the event
  • Access to speaker presentations after the conference

Further information

For more information on Energy Ireland or to view the full conference programme go to the website or to book a place at the conference, email or call us on +353 (0)1 661 3755.