Energy Security and Competitiveness in a Rapidly Changing World
Dublin - 10th June 2011
On June 13th 2011, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) is hosted a seminar on “Energy Security and Competitiveness in a Rapidly Changing World” which was opened by the Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources, Mr. Pat Rabbitte T.D.
Energy security is becoming a more pressing issue globally, with its potential economic and social implications being raised recently by bodies such as the International Monetary Fund and the International Energy Agency. There is growing concern about the risks of disruption related to oil in particular, with prices high and demand likely to considerably outstrip supply growth in the coming years. Ireland's large renewable energy resource, coupled with a greater immediate emphasis on efficient use of all energy, represents a path out of our dependence that also offers opportunities for enterprise and export growth. Energy security is now an important national strategic issue for Ireland.
Attendees heard from leading energy professionals on the changing international context, the impact of energy security on our competitiveness and our opportunities for change and mitigation.
The speakers were:
- Mr Pat Rabbitte T.D., Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources,
- Richard O’Rourke, Association for the Study of Peak Oil and Gas (ASPO)
- Katrina Polaski, Head, Low Carbon Technologies, SEAI
- Fergus Cahill, Irish Offshore Operator’s Association
- Peter Clinch, Jean Monnet Professor (Economic Integration/Environmental Policy) at University College Dublin (UCD)
View the video presentations from the day below: