180 degrees is a podcast series that looks at the energy choices we make when it comes to transport, our homes, business and technology.
180 Degrees - Season 2
For Season 2, we’re sharing stories from people across Ireland, working towards a cleaner energy future. We’re talking about sustainable transport, energy in the home and in our communities, how businesses and public sector bodies are cutting carbon emissions and how energy research is informing policy decisions.
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Bonus episode: What climate change means for business
This bonus episode of 180 Degrees comes from our recent Energy Show. The SEAI Energy Show is Ireland’s leading sustainable energy business event and this year we hosted it all online.
The event offers a unique opportunity to learn about the latest innovations in energy efficiency and renewable energy and policy developments underpinning Ireland’s clean energy ambitions.
We had a fantastic line-up of speakers over the two days. One of which was Daniel Murray, a journalist with the Business Post, who chaired the session ‘Pathway to Net Zero’. Daniel shared some brilliant insights into Ireland’s energy transition and what challenges, risks, and opportunities it presents for business. In this episode, we hear Daniel speak at the Energy Show.
Bonus Episode: Inspirational Climate Leadership
This episode is coming to you straight from the SEAI Energy Show. Fergus Sharkey, Head of Business and Public Sector at SEAI, interviews two business leaders who are actively looking to decarbonise their business for the long term.
Fergus talks to Ian Ryan from Wyeth Nutrition and Shaun McKevitt from Terra Spirits and Liqueurs who share their insights from their own decarbonisation journeys.
Episode 8: Women in Energy
In this episode, Louise is looking at the careers of two senior women leading on change and innovation in what has historically been a very male populated sector.
Our guests are Martina Hennessy, Principal Officer of Offshore Renewable Energy at the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications, and Patricia Comiskey, Programme Manager of Offshore energy at SEAI.
We are also chatting about the offshore wind sector and what measures are being taken to increase its viability in Ireland.
Episode 7: The difference a home energy upgrade makes
Homeowner Francis Clauson shares his fascinating story of building a home to an A1 rating – also known as a passive house. Louise finds out why he did it and what’s it like living there eight years on.
Susan Andrews from SEAI’s Home Energy team, explains what exactly is involved in upgrading your home to a BER B2 and the benefits of doing so.
Episode 6: Public Sector - are they doing enough to meet climate targets?
Louise is joined by Céline Reilly, Manager at Dublin City Council (DCC) and Alan Ryan from SEAI’s Public Sector Programme.
Here they examine what DCC is doing to meet (or exceed) its energy targets and why other public sector bodies need to get serious about decarbonisation.
DCC won the Leadership in Public Sector Award at the SEAI Energy Awards 2020 making it well placed to lead the conversation on decarbonisation in the public sector.
Episode 5: Becoming a sustainable energy community
In this episode, Louise speaks to Carol Loftus, from Mulranny GreenPlan Sustainable Energy Community (SEC), about how the local community came together to reduce their energy consumption, and change behaviour that will have a positive impact on climate change.
Ruth Buggie from SEAI’s Sustainable Energy Communities programme outlines the support SEAI and other communities can offer aspiring SECs across Ireland.
Episode 4: Deep Retrofit through the eyes of a contractor
In this episode, Louise chats to Eoin Madigan, Waterford Insulation and Brian McIntyre, SEAI.
Eoin shares his experience working on deep retrofit projects. They look at the start-to-finish project experience through the eyes of a contractor and hear why people make this investment in their homes.
Brian discusses the challenges for homeowners, how SEAI is supporting the process, and the target of bringing 500,000 homes to a B2 by 2030.
Episode 3: Why I switched to an EV
Host Louise Ryan finds out why Jan-Bart Spang, Co. Cork, switched to an electric vehicle (EV) and how he’s finding it so far. Jan-Bart explains what motivated him to make such a change, how he found the process from researching cars to getting a home charger installed, and what are the benefits of driving electric.
Shane Prendergast from SEAI’s Transport team, along with Jan-Bart, helps to dispel outdated concerns about ‘short range’ and ‘lack of chargers’ and looks to the future of EVs in Ireland.
Episode 2: How energy research is shaping Ireland’s future
Joining Louise are Paul Blount, Portfolio Director at Coillte, and Dr Lucy Corcoran from SEAI’s Research and Innovation Department to discuss how energy research is informing Ireland’s Climate Action Plan.
Paul has a wealth of experience in wind energy and is the Irish Wind Energy Association’s (IWEA) Person of the Year 2020. He recently led the model development and analytics aspects of an innovative wind energy project supported by SEAI. While Dr Corcoran leads a range of energy research and innovation activities at SEAI.
Episode 1: Why green hotels are here to stay
Our first episode features Áine Martin, Green Team Leader at Hotel Doolin, Co. Clare and Dearbhla Stapleton, Programme Manager for Business and Industry at SEAI. Áine tells host Louise Ryan, SEAI, about Hotel Doolin’s journey towards becoming Ireland's first carbon neutral hotel. While Dearbhla explains how Irish businesses can become more energy efficient with SEAI’s support.
About Season 1 of 180 Degrees
Throughout Season 1 we talked to guests such as architect Dermot Bannon and quantity surveyor Lisa O’ Brien about tips for home energy upgrades. We talked to experts in the field of motoring, journalist Geraldine Herbert and car reviewer Mark Noble (aka Nobby from FM 104) about the future of electric cars. Ali Sheridan, Country Sustainability Leader at IKEA, Dublin and Bernadette Phelan from Business in the Community Ireland joined us to discuss what businesses can do to tackle climate change.
We also looked at Ireland’s energy future and talked to guests Liam Delaney, Professor of Economics at UCD and Liz Walsh, meteorologist from the Met Éireann forecasting division about their views.
To finish, we chatted to Cool Planet Champion Karen Finnigan and actress / climate change activist Aoibhéann McCann about what individuals can do now to support our transition to a low carbon economy. Where do they start?
Season 1: 180 degrees teaser
Episode 1: Should I buy now or wait to buy an electric car?
In this episode, we discuss the electric car market in Ireland and Europe, and where perhaps the market will be by 2030 with journalist and motoring expert Geraldine Herbert, car reviewer Mark Noble, and Graham Brennan, Transport Programme Manager with SEAI.
Episode 2: Is an A rated home achievable for everyone?
Are you interesting in learning more about how Irish houses perform compared to years ago?
This round table discussion talks about Ireland’s attitude to housing and energy upgrades with guests; architect Dermot Bannon, social affairs correspondent for the Irish Times Kitty Holland, SEAI architect Jenny Power and financial journalist and broadcaster Sinead Ryan.
Episode 3: How much is it to upgrade my home?
Are you thinking about upgrading your home? Our latest podcast will give you all the tips and advice you need to know about energy upgrades and grants.
We also talk about the costs of energy upgrades with quantity surveyor Lisa O’Brien as well as reviewing building technologies with SEAI architect Jenny Power and retrofit specialist Brian McIntyre.
Episode 4: Are businesses doing enough to tackle climate change?
Do you think Irish firms have a role in tackling climate change? For many companies; time, funding and lack of knowledge can be obstacles. There is also the fear of drifting into merely green-washing.
For an in-depth chat on this topic, we speak to; Ali Sheridan, Sustainable Leader at IKEA, Irish Times journalist Mark Hilliard, Bernadette Phelan from Business in the Community Ireland and Fergus Sharkey, Head of Public and Private Sector Business at SEAI.
Episode 5: What will Ireland's energy future look like?
What are the are the behavioural and tech trends for the future
With climate change at the centre of this debate - we talk to Liam Delaney, Professor of Economics at UCD about our behaviour and attitudes towards this subject along with views from meteorologist Liz Walsh at Met Éireann. We also get a future tech and energy perspective from Ruth Buggie, programme manager at SEAI.
Episode 6: What can an individual do to tackle climate change?
There are many people who want to make a difference but are not sure where to start. In this episode, we talk about the challenges and opportunities available for people in Ireland.
Chatting to us on this topic is actor and climate change activist Aoibhéann McCann, Environment and Science Editor at the Irish Times Kevin O’Sullivan, Gillian Gannon from SEAI’s community programme and Karen Finigan, Cool Planet Champion and chairperson of the Kilanerin Ballyfad Sustainable Energy Community in Wexford.
Bonus Episode: Special Podcast with former president Mary Robinson
Delighted to bring you this very special espiode recorded with former president Mary Robinson. Mary joined us at our recent Public Sector conference where over 700 public sector representatives came together to learn more and be inspired to take action. The theme of the day was ‘Accelerating leadership towards 2030’. Marys focus on climate change both locally and internationally serves as an inspiration to many. She exemplifies leadership values and we were delighted she agreed to speak at our conference and share her wisdom.