The team working on the Envisioning Ireland’s Energy Futures project for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency has submitted this report. Feasta will hold a one-day seminar to discuss its conclusions when the EPA publishes it in the Autumn. The strongest conclusion is the need to move to a low-carbon economy as rapidly as possible, even if this slows down economic growth. The report also anticipates the development of rural biorefineries and the re-location to the countryside of energy-intensive manufacturing so as to be close to renewable energy sources.
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This paper argues that the main reason why there is such a wide range of estimates about when oil peak will happen is one of definition: experts differ as to which type of oil we should be most concerned about.
Date: Wednesday 12 October 2005
Venue: Cultivate, Temple Bar, Dublin
Without the cheap fossil energy that has fuelled economic growth since the industrial revolution our economies will change radically. What steps should be taken to ensure that Ireland can continue to thrive in a world where supplies of oil and gas are increasingly constrained if increasing energy demand is driving prices higher and higher?
How high will oil and gas prices go?
Will economic growth continue at its present pace?
How will changes in price affect the Irish economy and our way …