Climate change remains an unresolved collective challenge. Actions to address its causes and consequences are needed.
These actions can also give rise to major societal benefits and development opportunities. Research is central to advancing actions on climate change.
The 2014-2020 research programme is framed by the vision of Ireland’s transition to a carbon-neutral, low emission and climate-resilient society and economy by 2050, as well as being a source of climate change information and solutions.
It builds on the success of previous years and responds to developments and emerging issues.
It is shaped around two concepts; “Towards 2050” and “Laboratory Ireland”.
“Towards 2050” encapsulates research that informs the transition to a carbon neutral, low emission climate resilient Ireland by 2050.
“Laboratory Ireland” promotes an experimental approach to analysis of solutions and technologies and promotes Ireland as a key location for innovation. Together these aim to leverage action and support sustainable economic growth.
The goal for the 2014-2020 period is to enable an effective research programme that is practical, solutions-focused and strategic.
The thematic areas under EPA Research’s Climate Pillar for 2014-2020 will be:
- Theme 1: Carbon Stocks, GHG Emissions, Sinks and Management Options
- Theme 2: Ireland’s Future Climate, its Impacts, and Adaptation Options
- Theme 3: Climate Solutions, Transition Management and Opportunities
- Theme 4: Air Science
The objectives of the programme include:
- To provide essential information and analysis to inform actions on climate change
- To maintain and develop research capacity and expertise
- To inform innovation and sustainable economic growth
- To support and inform engagement with national and international organisations