Book Chapter Details
Mandatory Fields
Goggins, G., Fahy, F. and Heaslip, E.
2019 June
Energy Demand Challenges in Europe
Reducing Residential Carbon Emissions in Ireland: Challenges and Policy Responses
Palgrave Pivot
Optional Fields
Energy policy; Sustainable consumption; Residential carbon emissions; Ireland; Transition
Carbon emissions from the residential sector in Ireland are higher than the European average and are rising. This is a concern in a country already struggling to meet its agreed climate targets. In this chapter, the authors highlight key trends that underpin household energy use in Ireland and undertake a critical examination of related energy policy, with particular attention to the role of the consumer. They find a broad objective to place the consumer at the forefront of Irelandís energy transition, but specific detail of how complex social and technical changes will be realised are lacking. The chapter concludes with a case study demonstrating how sustainable energy initiatives can bring together multiple actors with the common aim to address fuel poverty and lower carbon emissions.
Grant Details
Horizon 2020 GA number 727642
Publication Themes
Applied Social Sciences and Public Policy, Environment, Marine and Energy