180 Degrees - an SEAI podcast about climate action
Join Journalist Sinead Ryan for practical advice on reducing your energy bills, saving money and adopting a more energy-efficient lifestyle. Sinead chats to expert guests to address some of the key questions around Ireland’s energy revolution, what renewable technologies are coming into our homes to help improve our lives and our communities and how we can prepare for a fossil free future.
Episode 8. Do Data Centres align with Ireland’s Climate Goals?
Data centres are adding more demand onto Ireland’s electrical grid, but can our grid keep up with the scale of the demand, or do we need to add more capacity? In this episode we discuss how increased demand on our data centres impacts our Climate Action plan. Can we reach our 2030 goals while increasing capacity, and what does that mean for Ireland’s energy future.
Episode 7. District Heating; learning from our neighbours
One of the oldest methods of heating buildings, District Heating has played a key role in making cities like Denmark and Copenhagen some of the most sustainable in the world, while also lowering costs for customers. District heating currently delivers 9% of Europe's total heating demands. So how does it work and how can it be developed in Ireland? In this episode we talk about the plans to develop District Heating projects across Ireland’s towns and cities while also looking at some examples of where it is working.
Listen to Episode 7.
Episode 6. The Potential of Renewable Energy in Ireland
Renewable energy projects are key to helping Ireland reach net-zero. In this episode, SEAI’s Director of Policy Research and Policy Insights, Margie McCarthy and Dr. Lee Carroll of SEAI speak with Sinead Ryan about how we can make the most of our natural resources, like wind, sea and sun to create our own energy in Ireland.
Listen to Episode 6.
Episode 5. Transport; How you move matters
In this episode, we delve deep into the data surrounding our transportation habits. We unpack the design elements and infrastructure that have driven our car-centric culture and explore the solutions that will propel us toward a more sustainable, public and zero-carbon transportation system.
Listen to Episode 5.
Episode 4. Energy in Ireland; why our targets matter.
The latest Energy in Ireland report shows that, our CO2 emissions are going up, again! But why does this matter to you? SEAI's Director of Research and Policy Insights Margie McCarthy and Dr. Lee Carroll, Programme Manager for SEAI's Energy Statistics team, chat about Ireland’s energy and carbon emissions trends with Sinead Ryan.
Listen to Episode 4.
Episode 3. Electric Vehicles; Where are they taking us?
In this episode, we dig deep and get down to the real truths about EVs– how affordable are they in Ireland right now? What options do you have when it comes to owning or leasing an EV? What EV legislation is coming down the road in the next few years?
Listen to Episode 3.
Episode 2. Should I Switch to a Heat Pump?
Sinead Ryan and Brian McIntyre, joined by homeowner Pamela Potterton, return for episode two of our latest Podcast season, talking all things Heat Pumps – why they’re a good renewable heat source, how they work, the grants you can receive to purchase one and more.