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Energy Systems Integration: Harnessing Innovation for a Low Carbon, Sustainable Economy

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Date: Monday 7th December 2015 

Time: 16h00 - 18h00
Venue: the Embassy of Ireland, 12 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris, France
 
 
 
University College Dublin, Energy Institute together with the Irish Embassy in Paris will host a seminar entitled “Energy Systems Integration: An Innovative approach to a Low Carbon, Sustainable Economy” to take place on Monday, 7th December, in the margins of the 2015 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change 21st Conference of the Parties (COP21).  The seminar will aim to raise awareness about the need to build a shared understanding of the research required to attain an integrated and sustainable energy system through international collaboration in support of the COP21 targets.   
 
Energy System Integration (ESI) is the process of optimizing energy and related systems across multiple pathways and physical scales.  Well integrated energy systems reduce emissions, are energy efficient, economic and sustainable. ESI is a prerequisite in delivering the core elements of climate change mitigation: a transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy and dramatic improvements in energy efficiency. This is reflected in the importance accorded to  ESI in recent international public research and policy initiatives such as the EU SET Plan Integrated roadmap, the Clean Energy Ministerial, the US DOE research laboratory complex , and soon a Joint Programme within European Energy Research Alliance.
 
The seminar will provide an opportunity for policy makers and potential partners to contribute to identifying ways in which ESI research outcomes can best deliver a low carbon, sustainable economy and how an international collaborative effort can be resourced. The participants will have the opportunity to outline their own role in the process of energy system integration testing and implementation, while a strong emphasis will be given in the discussion on the regulatory framework necessary for technology transfer and capacity building. 
 
UCD is part of an international effort to build collaboration in ESI research which can provide evidence for energy policy options.  This initiative is supported by leading US energy research laboratories (NREL, PNNL and EPRI) and top European universities including KU Leuven (BE), DTU (DK), and Imperial College (UK) who are already collaborating in the Intenational Institute for Energy Systems Integration.
 
The seminar will take place at 16:00 on Monday 7th December 2015 at the Embassy of Ireland, 12 Avenue Foch, 75116 Paris, France.
The seminar will conclude with a reception.
 
DRAFT AGENDA and REGISTRATION link are below.
 

For further information:

- COP21 in Paris, visit: http://www.cop21.gouv.fr/en

- United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Global Climate Agremeent news, visit: http://newsroom.unfccc.int/cop21parisinformationhub/ 

 

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  1. Draft Agenda

Agenda

 

DRAFT AGENDA

Time

Speaker

Topic

4.00-4.05

Ambassador Geraldine Byrne Nason

Welcome

ESI research- a Paris COP Agreement

Moderator: Avril Doyle

4.05-4.20

Prof. Mark O’Malley

(Director Energy Institute, UCD)

ESI Background & UCD Energy Institute’s International Role

4.20-4.35

Sean O’Driscoll (CEO, Glen Dimplex)

ESI, Business Growth and Job Creation

4.35-4.50

Fabien Roques

(Senior Vice President, Compass Lexecon)

What Policies are needed for ESI?

4.50-5.05

Doug Arent

(Executive Director of the Joint Institute for Strategic Energy Analysis , NREL)

US Perspective

5.05-5.20

Schneider Representative TBC

TBC

5.20-5.35

Prof. Goran Strbac

(Chair in Electrical Energy Systems, Imperial College London)

Maximising the Technical & Market Potential of ESI to support Cost-Effective Transition to a Lower Carbon Energy Future

5.35-5.55

Comments from Attendees

5.55-6.00

Sean Kelly (MEP)

Closing Comments

6.00-7.00

Reception