Maros Sefcovic, vice president of the European Commission in charge of energy union, with  Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources Alex White, at the Powershift ESB energy  in Dublin. Photograph: Sam Boal/

One third of Irish households will be generating their own electricity within 10 years, the ESB’s chief executive has predicted. Pat O’Doherty said (...)

 Pat O’Doherty: “Technology is enabling profound changes in the way that we generate and consume energy, and this has huge implications not just for the energy sector, but also for society as a whole and our economy.”  Photograph:  Alan Betson / The Irish Times

A “power shift” is taking place within the energy industry as a result of the convergence of energy, technology and the drive for sustainability. The (...)

US president Barack Obama invoked his presidential veto to block the Keystone XL project on environmental grounds. Photograph: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg

The State’s main sovereign wealth fund holds more than €70 million worth of investments in some of the most polluting industries on the planet. An a(...)

Joseph Curtin of the IIEA pictured speaking at the Leadership From in Climate Smart Agriculture held in the RDS on Thursday. Photograph: Aidan Crawley

Ireland needs to develop its agricultural sector to be climate smart but also economically rewarding to farmers and to food producers, a new group has(...)

John McHale (left), chairman of the Irish Fiscal Advisory Council, and Graham Stull, EU Commission, at the Budget Perspectives conference in Dublin. Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

The State’s budgetary watchdog has again warned the Government its plans for spending increases and tax cuts in the budget run counter to the “lette(...)

Prof Matthews’ comments are likely to prove controversial with those working in the beef sector here. Photograph: Brenda Fitzsimons/The Irish Times

Ireland would be financially better off getting out of beef farming and transferring large tracts of land over to forestry, according to one of the St(...)

One possible implication of a British EU exit could be the isolationism of nationalism in the North, the director general of the International and (...)

European economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici warns that Ireland remains vulnerable to economic shock

EU economics commissioner Pierre Moscovici said “concrete proposals” were under discussion with Greece to settle its funding gap, but he warned that f(...)

Dr Bruce Campbell says Ireland has “a major challenge” in relation to greenhouse gas emissions because a large proportion of the total emissions comes from agriculture. The agriculture sector accounts for nearly one third of overall Irish greenhouse gas emissions.

Ireland should become a global leader in encouraging countries to produce more food in a sustainable way while reducing emissions, climate change exp(...)

Does Brian Cowen merit him being grilled for up to 20 hours when the executives who actually led the banks and almost bankrupted the State have only been required to spend about four hours each in the witness box?

The Oireachtas Banking Inquiry resumes today with Bank of Ireland chief executive Richie Boucher appearing in the morning followed after lunch by Corm(...)