Authors: This report has been prepared by the EPA on behalf of the Climate Research Coordination Group, May 2020
Summary: This second report presents a summary of the Climate Research Coordination Group’s activities in 2019.
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The Climate Research Coordination Group (CRCG) was established under the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) 2014–2020 Research Strategy. The CRCG acts to coordinate climate change-related research in Ireland. It does so by supporting and promoting coordination between relevant research funding organisations and by providing a forum for the exchange of information on activities and plans. A key objective is to advance shared strategic objectives for climate change research and ensure coherence in climate change research investments in Ireland and effective linking of these to European Union (EU) funding streams. The CRCG is facilitated by the EPA. Its membership is made up of departmental officials, local authority representatives, state agency representatives and relevant stakeholders, who either fund or use outputs from climate change research.
This document responds to Action 11 of the 2017 National Mitigation Plan (NMP) and contributes to achieving Action 14 of the 2019 Climate Action Plan (CAP). These require that the CRCG provides an annual report on its activities. The NMP also requires an assessment and synthesis of key findings from the research programmes and wider research activities every 5 years.
The 2019 report presents a summary of investments, progress on strategic goals and related developments during 2019, as well as activities over that period. It builds on and updates the material from the first CRCG report (June 2017–December 2018).
Activities detailed in this 2019 report cover competitive research funding committed by members of the CRCG, leveraged funding from EU schemes and core research activities carried out by CRCG members over the period from 1st January 2019 to 31st December 2019. This report is based on the information provided by the members of the group. This report does not provide an assessment or synthesis of the funded research, which is the aim of the 5-year Assessment Report.
In summary, in 2019: