Review of COP21: Implications for EU & national policy

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Date(s) - 01/02/2016
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm


This EAI Lunchtime Workshop, hosted by McCann FitzGerald, will examine the contribution envisaged for electricity in meeting Ireland’s commitments towards the objective of the COP21 agreement.

The Paris Agreement concluded at COP21 is the first comprehensive and enduring global climate accord. The temperature goal of significantly below 2°C signals a new level of ambition. In support of this aim there is already political pressure in some countries for a commitment to carbon neutrality by 2050, going beyond the EU objective of an 80 – 95% reduction compared to 1990.

In Ireland, delivery of our EU commitments guides policy development (viz. the recent Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Act and the Low Carbon Energy White Paper). Ireland is required to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture, transport and heating by 20% by 2020 on 2005 levels contributing to an average 10% reduction in these sectors across the EU. We will be required to achieve a deeper reduction by 2030 to help meet the much more ambitious EU average reduction of 30% in these sectors.

Delivering the national target for reductions in agriculture, transport and buildings is especially challenging for Ireland, given our proportionally larger contribution of emissions in this sector to overall emissions (70% compared to EU average of 57%) and the scale of emissions from agriculture (30% vs 11% for the EU).


  • Karl Vella, Co-ordinator Environment & Climate Change, Eurelectric
  • Eamon Ryan, Senior Associate, E3G
  • Peter O’Shea, Head of Regulatory Affairs and Corporate Strategy, ESB
  • Elva Carbery, Senior Associate, McCann FitzGerald

Further information

The event, aimed at energy professionals, will take place on Monday 1st February, from 12:00 – 14:00, at  McCann FitzGerald, Riverside One, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2, D02 X576.

Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 26 January via email to

Networking and light lunch on arrival, followed by group discussion.

Download a pdf of the event flyer.

Event sponsors

With approximately 500 people, including over 350 lawyers and professional staff, McCann FitzGerald is one of Ireland’s premier law firms. It is consistently recognised as being the market leader in many practice areas and offers a full range of services to corporate, financial, service and industrial companies. McCann FitzGerald’s clients include international organisations, major domestic concerns and emerging Irish companies. It also works with many clients in the State and semi-State sectors.