About The National Energy Summit 2023
The Climate Action Plan 2021 commits Ireland to a legally binding target of net-zero greenhouse gas emissions no later than 2050, and a reduction of 51% by 2030. To contribute to the achievement of these targets, the Government has committed that up to 80% of electricity consumption will come from renewable sources by 2030. The targets are ambitious and the pressure is on to achieve them whilst at the same time ensuring continued security of electricity supply during the transition period.
Furthermore, Ireland now has to deal with the potential impact of the current geopolitical crisis and to draw up contingency plans in an attempt to prepare for possible energy supply issues and cyber-attacks.
Decarbonisation of the electrical grid is one of the most important Irish societal activities this decade. It is the catalyst for addressing transport and home heating which combined are 45% of Ireland’s emissions and unless electrified will leave Irish society continuing to be classified as an action laggard on all things climate crisis. However Ireland still requires gas-fired power stations over the coming years to ensure stability of its electricity grid.
The connection of large energy users to the grid needs to take into account the potential impact on security of supply on the short and long term. The fear of power shortages and demands from data centres and others need to be addressed collaboratively to ensure security of both storage and supply.
Digitalisation of the energy sector is revolutionising data processes and operations, and accelerating the implementation of digital solutions and energy system integration across multiple energy carriers, infrastructures and consumption sectors.
Where are the opportunities for companies in offshore wind, district heating, bioenergy, anaerobic digestion, waste to energy projects, green hydrogen, BioLPG, solar PV generation etc and what is their role in the development of renewable energy resources? Whilst there has been some successful progress in relation to renewable electricity, additional capacity in both demand response and storage is needed to decrease the frequency and severity of supply shortages.
The Summit, brought to you by Business Post LIVE and iQuest, will bring together industry experts and thought leaders from both the public and private sectors to find solutions to the issues facing us in securing our energy supply. It will examine the programme of work that is being delivered to secure the longer term enduring capacity that is needed to reach our 2030 targets and to meet the demands of our growing and decarbonising economy.
- Achieving 2030 climate targets: what can be done now
- Policies and measures to integrate climate and energy plans
- Securing and delivering energy supply
- Additional capacity needs in demand response and storage
- Synergies between the electricity and heating sectors
- Electrification of Irish Industry – available technologies
- Reducing dispatch down of wind turbines
- International cooperation with the UK and Europe
- State grants and loan schemes to accelerate the transition
- Capital financing
- Grasping the opportunities for energy businesses
- Enhancing capabilities and upskilling in new areas
- Digitalisation of the energy sector
- Smart energy applications, electric vehicle charge points
- Micro-generation support scheme
- Offshore wind energy and harvesting energy from ocean waves
- Bioenergy, anaerobic digestion and waste to energy projects
- Liquified petroleum gas (LPG) and BioLPG
- Solar PV generation and nuclear energy
- Senior management from local and central government sectors such as energy, transport, planning, urban development, climate, infrastructure, ICT, finance and sustainability
- Relevant policy-makers and advisors in national and local government
- Transmission system operator & distribution system operator representatives
- Engineers, technicians, communications professionals, business developers
- Ecologists, planners and project managers
- CEOs, CFOs, CTOs and other senior IT executives from the energy industry
- Sustainability, engineering & finance managers of companies with large energy and heat use
- Industry representative groups who help to educate and support companies to decarbonise
- Senior decision-makers in the energy, technology, sustainability and ESG sectors
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