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Leave No Roof Behind: Ireland’s Solar Energy Potential, with Seán Kelly MEP

Buildings are responsible for 36 % of greenhouse gas emissions and 40% of the energy consumption in the EU. It is clear they need to be sufficiently addressed if we are to reach our climate targets. The energy crisis has highlighted the need to utilise available resources, from a buildings perspective, solar becomes an ever more attractive investment. The use of energy saving and generation technologies will be pivotal for buildings. These are cost effective solutions with a high yield on return of investment, allowing us to utilise much cleaner primary energy consumption.

The ‘Solar Rooftop Initiative’, a core element of the REPowerEU plan unveiled, includes a proposal to be added to the Energy Performance of Building Directive that will make rooftop solar photovoltaic (PV) panels much more integrated into households, businesses and the energy system.

 

Women & Girls of Afghanistan: How Europe can provide the opportunity the Taliban remove, hosted by Seán Kelly MEP

While the ongoing Russian invasion of Ukraine has rightly been dominating the political agenda over the last few months, it is crucial that we do not lose sight of ongoing issues elsewhere. This webinar will shed light on the situation in Afghanistan since the Taliban takeover in August 2021.

The discussion will focus on the situation of women and girls in Afghanistan, and particularly the lack of access to education for girls. I have been moved by the many stories of untold suffering emerging from Afghanistan over the past few months, and I am determined to continue raising awareness of this very important topic.

 

Green Hydrogen: Making Ireland’s Potential a Reality – Hosted by Seán Kelly MEP

The event focused on harnessing Ireland’s potential in the area of green hydrogen and how producing, storing and using green hydrogen can complement the role of electricity in a secure, resilient, zero carbon integrated energy system, and what policy support measures could be introduced to speed up the transition to a hydrogen economy. The event also discussed the broader context with of ensuring energy security and system resilience, while working towards the overarching goal of a decarbonisation of the economy.

Although the European Commission has outlined a clear vision for the use of green hydrogen in the EU Hydrogen Strategy (2020), the Irish government has yet to develop a similar strategy for Ireland, something which would speed up Ireland’s development in this area.

Thanks to its geographic position, Ireland has the potential to become a European leader in the area of green hydrogen. In spite of the lack of a coordinated strategy at present, there are a number of innovative new hydrogen projects being developed across the island of Ireland. A coordinated, all-island strategy would further facilitate and encourage such projects. The ever-worsening climate crisis and recent geopolitical shifts have underlined the need to ensure the security of our energy supply from reliable, sustainable sources.

 

 

 

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