Energy Ireland 2021
Towards a net zero carbon future
Hybrid event

15 and 16 September 2021 ∙ Croke Park, Dublin / Online

Confirmed sponsors

Towards a net zero carbon future

Now in its 25th year, Energy Ireland continues to be the major annual event on the Irish energy calendar, attracting influential delegates from across the sector.

Energy Ireland is a two-day, multi-stream conference designed to offer optimal opportunities for focused sessions which maximise discussion and debate. All-island in outlook, the conference seeks to comprehensively examine the latest developments across all components of the Irish energy sector, including: renewables; electricity; gas; energy markets and infrastructure; sustainability; and digital energy.

In Ireland and beyond, 2021 represents a decisive moment in the transition to a net zero carbon future. Legislating for a total reduction of 51 per cent of emissions by 2030 and a national objective of climate neutrality “no later than 2050”, the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 will establish a legal framework for Ireland to meet these targets, as well as its European and international commitments and obligations. Given the scale of the ambition to 2030 and beyond, this year’s conference will consider how the energy sector must respond; transforming how we generate and consume energy to deliver the transition.

Confirmed speakers

Eamon Ryan TD
Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications

Kadri Simson
European Commissioner for Energy

William Walsh
Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland

Stephen Wheeler
Ireland Country Lead

Cathal Marley
Chief Executive Officer

Marguerite Sayers
Executive Director

Dave Kirwan
Managing Director
Bord Gáis Energy

Jim Gannon
Commission for Regulation of Utilities

Tanya Harrington
Renewable Energy Ireland

Alex McLean
Head of the Energy, Renewables & Natural Resources Group
Arthur Cox

Noel Cunniffe
Wind Energy Ireland

Catherine O’Brien
Energy Transition Lead
Accenture Ireland

Lisa Ryan
Professor in Energy Economics
University College Dublin


John FitzGerald
Climate Change Advisory Council

Brian Ó Gallachoir
Director, MaREI Centre
University College Cork

Claire Madden
Chief Legal Officer

Rory Monaghan
Director, Energy Systems Engineering
NUI Galway

Ashling Cunningham
Chief Information Officer

Úna Nic Giolla Choille
Principal Officer
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Ciarán Flynn

Richard Murphy
Pinsent Masons

Conall Bolger
Irish Solar Energy Association

Eamonn Confrey
Principal Officer
Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

Leo Quinn
Senior Offshore Development Manager
Mainstream Renewable Power

Rachel McEwen
Chief Sustainability Officer

Seán Finan
Irish Bioenergy Association

Paddy Phelan
Irish Energy Storage Association

Sean Finlay
Business Development Director
Geoscience Ireland

Nguyen Dinh
Senior Research Fellow
MaREI Centre, University College Cork

Dr Ute Collier
Head of Policy Renewable Energy Markets
International Renewable Energy Agency

Paul Cuffe
Assistant Professor
University College Dublin

Prof J Owen Lewis
Energy Institute

Mike Fulwood
Senior Research Fellow
Oxford Institute for Energy Studies

Shaharyar Khan
Research Scientist
MIT Sloan School

Kevin McPartlan
Fuels for Ireland

Stephen Woodhouse

Susanna Pflüger
Secretary General
European Biogas Association

Oisín Coghlan
Friends of the Earth

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Feedback from past #EnergyIreland delegates

Delighted to present this morning @energyireland. We had a great discussion on i) how we accelerate the additional technologies, ii) how much it will cost, iii) who pays, iv) how do we move the discussion beyond one of electrification and v) how do we get the necessary governance in place. Thanks to @energyireland audience!

— @BOGallachoir

Great to be part of today's @energyireland Annual Conference. We’re leading Ireland’s ambition to deliver 1GW of new #offshorewind by 2025 and 5GW by 2030, helping to create a cleaner and more resilient economy that will support new local jobs and drive our green recovery.

— @sserenewables

Enjoyed the @energyireland conference over the last 2 days in @CrokeParkEvents. Fantastic to meet with others who are passionate about the power of #renewableenergy #energyireland

— @Solar21_

Ready for day 2 of #EnergyIreland. Great conference so far!

— @Greenlink_IC

A near full house at @energyireland conference at Croke Park today; lots to discuss - is Ireland on the cusp of a major advance in clean energy development? @TLT_LLP #energyireland #CleanEnergy

— @EnviroLaw_NI

Sponsorship & exhibition opportunities available:
Don't miss out!

Join Ireland’s leading energy organisations in partnering with Energy Ireland 2021. An excellent way to showcase your organisation at Ireland’s major annual energy conference, there are a small number of high profile sponsorship packages available. For further information please contact Ciarán Galway on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email

There are a limited number of opportunities to become involved with this conference as an exhibitor. This is an excellent way for organisations to showcase their expertise and raise their profile with a key audience of senior decision makers from across Ireland’s energy sector. This interactive conference provides an excellent opportunity for making contacts and networking. For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact Sam Tobin on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email

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How to register


Conference format

Energy Ireland 2021 will take place as a hybrid event on 15-16 September. We look forward to welcoming delegates back to Croke Park for the full conference and networking experience. Your safety will remain our highest priority with all necessary social distancing and hygiene measures in place. If you can’t join us in person, delegates can watch the event from the comfort of their own home or office. Virtual attendance will be easily facilitated by our online conference platform and dedicated technical team. We will follow Government guidance and keep you updated of any changes to the event — we have priced this year’s conference in a way that gives flexibility to delegates who wish to attend in person or online.

Getting to the venue

Croke Park is easily accessible by public transport, primarily by rail and bus links. Please visit the Croke Park website for further information by clicking here. Croke Park is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. For cyclists, please note bike parking is also available at the venue. If you are arriving by car, there is complimentary parking available for conference delegates, with more information here. There is an e-car charging point at the Croke Park Hotel, directly opposite the venue.

There is a delegate room rate available at Croke Park Hotel, please quote BOOK140921. In order to book this rate, please contact the hotel on 01 8714444 or and provide them with this booking code.