More than 250 million tonnes of CO2 emissions can be saved by 2050 by embracing wind power, smart grids, and electric vehicles.
22 December 2011
Three roadmaps, which outline paths to a sustainable energy future for Ireland, a member of the International Energy Agency (IEA), were unveiled by the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) on 15 December.
The roadmaps – which focus on wind power, smart grids and electric vehicles – were each constructed in line with methodologies developed by the IEA and Deputy Executive Director Richard H Jones was on hand to congratulate the Irish authorities on their successful adaptation of the IEA work to their national circumstances.
“The Roadmaps are a further important mapping of the long-term opportunities in energy and the road to a decarbonised energy system for Ireland,” said Professor J. Owen Lewis, Chief Executive of SEAI. “They show a great many benefits, including reduced energy imports leading to increased security of supply, increased use of renewables leading to lower CO2 emissions and significant employment and economic opportunities.”
The roadmaps concluded:
In response to requests from Ministers from G8 countries, the IEA has led the creation of a series of international energy technology roadmaps with almost 20 either published or currently under development. These low-carbon energy technology roadmaps cover the most important technologies, from biofuels to energy efficient buildings. But it lies in the hands of national governments to implement selected roadmaps to really make a difference.
Click here to read a press release from the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland