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IAE Response to Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s call for submissions to METROLINK proposal

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2018

The Academy has made a response to Transport Infrastructure Ireland’s (TII) call for submissions in relation to its METROLINK proposal. The Academy’s proposals are in line with its Feb 2015 submission to the National Transport Authority (NTA) on Transport Strategy for the GDA 2015-2035 and its April 2016 report Sustainable Transport Infrastructure 2035. Both documents called for the development of Metro North/South, from Swords to Sandyford, as now proposed by TII. The Academy’s submission indicates that by choosing an alternative alignment, to that proposed between the M50 and the Royal Canal, the requirement for bored tunnelling could be substantially limited and the number of underground stations reduced from six to one, thus saving over €500m on civil engineering costs. The Academy also considers that the alternative alignment it put forward would also make a greater contribution to integrated land use and transport planning and make a comparable contribution to social inclusion. The Academy also identified a number of technical issues in the city area where alternative solutions may be more appropriate.

 

NATURAL GAS Essential for Ireland’s Future Energy Security

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2018

Natural gas plays a critical role in Ireland’s energy mix and economy. Gas provides around 30% of Ireland’s total primary energy and generates about 50% of Ireland’s electricity. Many industries and homes in Ireland depend on gas for heating. Ireland’s Government has a vision of transitioning to a low-carbon economy by 2050. This will require a large increase in renewables and a shift to lower-carbon fuels like natural gas. Natural gas has the lowest carbon emissions of all fossil fuels and is an ideal complement to renewables. Natural gas will be critical for Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon future. Ireland needs to develop alternative sources of gas supply and supply routes. Developing a Liquefied Natural Gas import terminal in Ireland would enhance Ireland’s security of gas supply and provide access to the increasingly competitive global LNG market. Exploration for gas offshore Ireland should also be promoted, with appropriate licensing terms. A strategic national plan is required to diversify Ireland’s gas supply needs.

 

BREXIT Implications for Transport Infrastructure Investment

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2018

The report was prepared by an Academy taskforce and is one of a series that has and will continue to focus on important topics with a significant engineering dimension The Academy generally seeks to engage with issues of longer term import but on occasion will also address more pressing subjects with a view to helping to identify appropriate solutions. No issue is more immediate and pressing from the current Irish standpoint than that of Brexit. The ongoing uncertainties generated by the process of UK withdrawal from the EU as well as the dependence of a high proportion of Irish trade on either the British market or access to third countries via Great Britain pose significant risks requiring attention. This report on the implications for transport infrastructure investment is both timely and, it is intended as, a contribution by the Academy to the overall Brexit discussion.

 

Ireland’s 2030 Greenhouse Gas Emissions Target

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2017

An assessment of feasibility and costs in achieving the Climate and Energy Policy Framework targets.

 

Critical Infrastructure. Adaption for Climate Change – Progress Report Q1 2016

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

Highlights to government policy makers and owners of critical infrastructure those concerns and recommendations from the Academy’s 2009 report which are still relevant and which still need to be addresssed.

 

National Broadband Plan Ireland – Policy Advisory

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

Advisory prepared to assist in developing a national policy in providing an internationally competitive, ubiquitous, high speed broadband service based on long term planning (30yrs).

 

Sustainable Transport – Infrastructure 2035

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

An all island study of Sustainable Transport Infrastructure, to be delivered over the next 20 years, to support competitive economies, enhance social wellbeing and underpin optimum spatial planning.

 

The Atlantic City Regions

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

By completing an an intcreasingly connected network of co-operating and complementary city regions, achieve more balanced regional development and investment.

 

Dublin-Belfast Economic Corridor

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

The development of an economic corridor connecting the island’s two main cities is recommended as the best way to maximise economic growth, to compete with larger city regions internationnaly and attract inward investment.

 

Spatial Planning on the island of Ireland

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2016

Sets out the key concepts on which development of Spatial Planning Frameworks should be based and highlights teh main challenges to be addressed in developing these frameworks

 

Policy Advisory – Towards Low-Carbon Transport in Ireland

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE)
2014

Irish Academy of Engineering (IAE) - 2014

Recommendations for national policy review based on a review of improved engine efficiencies, IT impacts, higher occupancy levels and greater utilisation of existing rail assets.