Government Minister to Address NUI Galway Conference on Ireland’s Response to Climate Change Call to Action

Mar 01 2017 Posted: 11:24 GMT

Minister of Natural Resources, Seán Kyne T.D., will participate in a high-profile panel discussion at NUI Galway that will explore Ireland’s response to the Paris Climate Accord. The discussion is part of NUI Galway’s Energy Night, the seventh instalment of Ireland’s first and largest student-run energy event, which will take place on Wednesday, 8 March in the Engineering Building at NUI Galway.

Energy Night 2017, which is organised by the University’s student-run Energy Society, will begin at 5pm with a ‘Careers in Energy’ seminar for students. Speakers from Accenture, ESB, Medtronic, and the Coffey Group will deliver presentations on their current projects and employment opportunities in Galway, Ireland and beyond. At 6pm, a poster display will showcase the wide array of cutting edge energy research currently underway at NUI Galway. This year for the first time, the showcase will include winners of an energy poster competition for Galway secondary schools.

A panel discussion will take place at 7pm with the theme Achieving the Paris Agreement; the framework agreed upon by the international community to avoid dangerous climate change by limiting the global temperature rise to below 2°C relative to pre-industrial levels. The public are invited to attend and participate through an audience Q&A session.

In addition to Minister Kyne, panellists include Professor Gerry Boyle, Director of Teagasc and Denis O’Sullivan, Head of Commercial at Gas Networks Ireland. The moderator for the event is Dr Diarmuid Torney, Lecturer in International Relations, Dublin City University, and author of European Climate Leadership in Question: Policies toward China and India. The discussion will attempt to reconcile emissions reductions targets with projections for growth in the Irish economy in general, and in agriculture specifically.

Lee-Ann Coughlan, NUI Galway Engineering student and Events Officer with the Energy Society, said: “This year’s Energy Night promises to build on the success of the past six years events and maintain its legacy as Ireland’s largest student-run energy event. We would like to thank our sponsors Accenture Ireland, Bank of Ireland, the Ryan Institute for Marine, Environmental and Energy Research at NUI Galway, and the Science Foundation Ireland-backed Marine and Renewable Energy Research Centre (MaREI).”

Dr Rory Monaghan, Lecturer of Energy Systems Engineering at NUI Galway, said: “Climate Change and the decarbonisation of energy are the defining challenges of our age. Our actions in the next five years will determine how successful we are likely to be in addressing them over the following 100.”

The event is free of charge and all are welcome. For more information including a detailed schedule of events follow @EnergySocNUIG on Twitter or on Facebook at Energy Night 2017.

For more information contact Laura Dennehy at, 0877559539.


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