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Energy security to be tackled by Energy Cork

Wednesday, 1st May, 2019 4:50pm

With the approaching end of the age of fossil fuels, energy security is set to be one of the most critical issues in the future for Ireland’s success.

Taking place at the Clayton Hotel Cork City on 17 May, the Energy Cork 2019 Annual Conference aims to promote decarbonisation and climate action, and the management of energy supply for industry and citizens. This year’s conference addresses the dual challenges of Ireland’s energy security in a low carbon future.

In order to meet EU and global targets, Ireland must transition to low carbon energy solutions and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuel energy. Energy security will become even more of a key priority as the country bridges the energy gap from carbon-intensive to renewable fuels in homes, offices, workplaces, transport systems and agriculture.

Energy Cork recently enabled Ireland’s first green bus passenger journey in Cork recently, and it is delivering a conference focusing on the policies and mechanisms that may be employed to enhance energy security through technology, innovation and behaviour change and vital components in Ireland’s path to a low carbon future.

Speaking at the launch this week, Chair of the Energy Cork Jackie Quinn said: “Focusing on deploying new technologies and innovations that will make our energy infrastructure more resilient and enable Ireland to reduce carbon emissions, across heat and transport particularly, is critical for our energy security and sustainability. Addressing climate change does not require a ‘silver bullet’ solution.

“Implementing already existing solutions and making sensible changes to how we live and work can tackle this global threat. This conference brings together key stakeholders, energy innovators and businesses to discuss and engage on this important topic, and to promote networking and collaboration in the energy sector,” she added.

Private and public sector organisations, businesses, researchers and startups are invited to attend the Energy Cork conference, sponsored by Eirgrid, which will begin with a networking breakfast and conclude with lunch.

The event includes speakers from Eirgrid, SEAI, ESB, Navigant Energy, Gas Networks Ireland Gen Europe, IERC, AEMS and Teagasc among others. Tickets are available at https://energysecuritylowcarbon2019.eventbrite.ie.

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