SEAI and the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment (DCCAE) represent Ireland on IEA Standing Groups and Committees. In addition to the Governing Board, the IEA has several Standing Committees that are made up of member country government officials.

Committee on Energy Research & Technology (CERT)

The CERT co-ordinates and promotes the development, demonstration and deployment of technologies to meet challenges in the energy sector. The CERT has established four working parties:

  1. Working Party on Renewable Energy Technologies (REWP)
  2. Working Party on Energy End-Use Technologies (EUWP)
  3. Working Party on Fossil Energy (WPFF)
  4. Fusion Power Co-ordinating Committee (FPCC)

The CERT and REWP Representative for Ireland is Dr. Phil Hemmingway (SEAI).

Phil Hemmingway

Head of the Research & Technology Department

Dr Phil Hemmingway is a member of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) Senior Management Team, and Head of the SEAI Low Carbon Technologies Department. He is jointly responsible for a range of research & innovation, behavioural economics, modelling, statistics and technology innovation activities in support of SEAI’s vision for Ireland’s energy to be sustainable, secure, affordable and clean. Phil is Ireland’s representative on the following:

  • Europe’s Strategic Energy Technology Plan (SETPlan)
  • Ireland’s representative on the International Energy Agency’s Committee on Energy Research & Technology (CERT)
  • Ireland’s Technology Delegate to the UNFCCC and Ireland’s National Delegate for the European Commission’s Horizon 2020 Energy Programme Committee.
  • Ireland’s SEAI Climate Action High Level Steering Group
  • SEAI Innovation 2020 Steering Group
  • Horizon 2020 High Level Group

Prior to joining SEAI, Phil held positions at Science Foundation Ireland where he was responsible for development & governance of multi-million Euro R&D investment programmes and leadership of SFI energy, engineering & environment activities. He was also a Lecturer in the School of Biosystems Engineering (UCD), and RPS Group as an energy consultant/design engineer. Phil is a Chartered Engineer and holds Bachelors (engineering) & Doctoral (energy) degrees from UCD.

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