Event: Putting a Price on Carbon: Exploring Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

Join RPS and hear from Director of Energy and Resource Management Olivier Gaillot at the Engineers Ireland Annual Seminar from their Energy, Environment and Climate Action Division.

This year, the seminar will explore the role of carbon pricing mechanisms and the impacts of current and future solutions on your business, your home and your wallet.

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Key details Programme Venue information


Thursday, 12 March 2020

09:30 - 16:00

22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland

Seminar overview

Becoming the world’s first climate-neutral continent by 2050 is the greatest challenge and opportunity of our times. Reduction measures announced in Project Ireland 2040 are projected to be insufficient to meet Ireland’s 2030 decarbonisation targets.  As we look ahead, carbon pricing will play a central role in achieving National and European emissions reductions, however, the approaches and implications of this policy instrument are not widely understood. This seminar will provide an understanding of the different carbon pricing mechanisms and  promote debate about how engineers can use these to  address these challenges and opportunities for the betterment of our climate.


Our Director of Energy and Resource Management, Olivier Gaillot will be conducting a talk entitled The EU Green Deal and Irish Policy. In this talk, Olivier will be discussing the vital aspects of the EU's Green deal and how this impacts Ireland and our climate emergency.

Aerial picture of Dublin and the river Liffey

Seminar aim

Engineers Ireland's Energy, Environment and Climate Action Division holds an annual seminar for engineers working in the Energy sector.

This year, the seminar will explore the role of carbon pricing mechanisms and the impacts of current and future solutions on your business, your home and your wallet. 

Attendees include engineers working in the energy supply industry, energy intensive businesses, consultancy, education, research and development, energy technology and software development and the implementation of energy management systems.


Session 1 - The scale of the challenge/opportunity for engineers

Opening Address - Marguerite Sayers, President of Engineers Ireland

Climate Change and Irish Perspective - Keith Lambkin, Met Eireann

The EU Green Deal and Irish Policy - Olivier Gaillot, RPS

Session 2 - Understanding Carbon Pricing Mechanisms

Dept. of Public Expenditure & Reform Perspective on the Role of Carbon Pricing - Ken Cleary, DPER

Carbon Taxes and Shadow Pricing - Theory, Effectiveness and Impact - Muireann Lynch, ESRI

The Role of Carbon Pricing in Building a New Low Carbon Economy - Conor Minogue, IBEC

EU ETS - Implementation to Date and Future Trends - Maria Martin, EPA

Session 3 - Impact on the Engineering Profession

Project Design - Adam Farenden, Arup

Procurement and Supply Chain Management - Lorraine McCann, EY

Technological Advancements - Tony Day, IERC

Learning Objectives

Learning objectives

Delegates will learn:

  • What are the national and European decarbonisation ambitions. 
  • What current carbon pricing mechanisms are used to day. 
  • How industry participants are  implementing carbon pricing today.
  • How carbon pricing can assist engineers to make more climate conscious decisions.
  • How carbon pricing can foster innovation of low carbon technologies. 


Who should attend?

  • Those wishing to learn from thought-leaders and policy in relation to the challenges posed by carbon pricing.
  • Those looking to contribute and offer their valued opinion on climate action policy & innovation.
  • Those seeking to get an understanding how carbon pricing will impact their businesses, homes and wallet. 

Getting there

By bus
Dublin Bus routes 7/B/D, 8, 18, 39/A, 46A, 47 and 145 - 10-15 minute walk as no public bus comes up Clyde Road.

The Aircoach to/from Dublin airport – less than 5 minute walk

By train
The DART to Lansdowne Road station – 15 minute walk

By Luas

The Luas to Ranelagh station – 15 minute walk

By car

Engineers Ireland is on Clyne Road, Ballsbridge. 

Paid parking is available on Clyde Road from 10am to 6pm, Monday to Friday. Parking costs €2.90 per hour; you will have to feed the meter regularly or you can set up phone parking with parkingtag.ie.

Alternatively, there is parking available in the RDS which costs approximately €7 per day. Please contact the RDS in advance to ensure there is space available and mention that you are visiting Engineers Ireland to avail of this rate. You can reach the RDS Operations Team on +353 (0)1 668 0866 (during regular office hours).

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