Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Much of the research on the social sustainability of renewable technologies has focused on local acceptance issues, community benefits from exogenous developments, and matters related to the planning and development process. Grassroots-initiated wind energy schemes as a form of rural enterprise have received less attention, especially in the Irish context. Using a case study approach, … Continue reading Community: a powerful label? Connecting wind energy to rural Ireland

Ireland’s electricity should be 70 per cent renewables by 2030, says wind farm group

IWEA conference hears wind energy could provide renewable energy for heat and transport as well as clean power for the electricity sector The Government should set an ambitious target for Ireland of producing 70 per cent renewable electricity by 2030, which would help transform the energy sector and benefit consumers, according to the Irish Wind … Continue reading Ireland’s electricity should be 70 per cent renewables by 2030, says wind farm group

Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

February 2018: The German Environment Agency (UBA) released the first two studies in a commissioned series examining climate policies and future mitigation opportunities in ten countries. The studies look at: emissions and energy use; current climate mitigation actions with a focus on implementation of Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs); and emission reduction potential and barriers. Country … Continue reading Country Reports Assess Climate Policies and Mitigation Potential

UN Conference Discusses Progress on SDG 7

23 February 2018: The UN has concluded a Global Conference meant to inform the review, during the July 2018 meeting of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF), of Sustainable Development Goal 7 (affordable and clean energy). The three-day Conference brought together stakeholders to exchange lessons learned and to identify gaps and challenges to the achievement of … Continue reading UN Conference Discusses Progress on SDG 7

IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost

19 February 2018: The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) has released a report on cost effective opportunities for the expansion of renewable energy deployment in the EU. IRENA prepared the report, which is titled, “Renewable Energy Prospects for the European Union,” at the request of the European Commission to determine pathways to meet the European … Continue reading IRENA Finds EU’s Share of Renewables Could Double Without Extra Cost