Pictured at the event were President of UL, Professor Don Barry, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Mr Éamon Ryan and Dr Martin Leahy, Director of CPI.
The implications of the growing energy crisis and dwindling fossil fuel reserves, have been recognised by the University of Limerick (UL), with the establishment of the Charles Parsons Initiative on Energy and Sustainable Environment (CPI) to tackle issues of immediate national priority in energy and sustainable environment. Officially launched today by Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Mr Éamon Ryan, CPI represents a merger of six research centres and 30 faculty at UL, focussed on researching environment and sustainable forms of energy across the areas of electrochemistry, physics, electronic, mechanical and aeronautical engineering, computer science, maths & statistics and accounting & finance.
Speaking from the launch of CPI, UL President Professor Don Barry said that there has been a paradigm shift in the Energy and Sustainable Environment research landscape over the past two years.
"The weight of scientific evidence has brought the national and international communities to focus on the need to find technological solutions for the responsible exploitation of our natural resources. In recognition of this the Minister has initiated a climate change action plan and the ESB has announced a €22Bln move to low carbon energy production and distribution by 2020 and zero carbon by 2035. With this challenge come huge responsibilities and opportunities for our scientists, engineers and other professionals. Managing climate change, increasing energy efficiency and ensuring a sustainable environment could be much harder 'challenges of tomorrow' if we don't tackle them seriously today and this University by its very mission statement has committed to doing just that," continued Professor Barry.
To mark its launch today, CPI also hosted the Energy Solutions '08 Conference, bringing scientists, researchers, Government and industry representatives together to discuss the three main issues of Energy Generation and Storage; Sustainable Hydrocarbons and Solutions for Sustainable Environment. The plenary sessions were addressed by Minister Éamon Ryan, Lord Oxburgh of Liverpool (formerly chair of Royal Dutch Shell Plc), Professor Don Barry, President of UL and Dr Martin Leahy, Director of CPI.
Pictured at the event were Mayor of Limerick Ger Fahy, Minister for Communications, Energy & Natural Resources Mr Éamon Ryan and Prsident of UL Professor Don Barry.