We need to radically change the way we produce and use energy in Ireland.
We currently rely on fossil fuels (oil, coal, peat and natural gas) to power our cars, buses and trucks and heat and light our homes and schools. However, fossil fuels when burnt release carbon dioxide (CO2) which is harmful to our planet.
Carbon dioxide, along with other greenhouse gases, is responsible for the heating up of the earth’s surface. This is known as global warming or climate change.
The energy transition sets out how Ireland will move away from burning fossil fuels, towards clean and renewable fuels which release little or no carbon dioxide.
By using less energy and replacing fossil fuels with renewables we can help reduce the impact of climate change on our planet.
We have produced a short Guide to the Energy Transition to help the next generation to understand:
- What is the energy transition?
- Why is the energy transition important?
- What can you do?
And for the younger audience why not download our energy colouring sheet (demonstrating wind, solar, tidal and hydro-power).
EAI would like to thank everyone who entered our 2016 schools' competition 'The Value of Electricity'.
Congratulations to the winner; Julia Piotrowska from St Laurence’s National School, Baldoyle. Julia was presented with a cheque for €500 from EAI, on behalf of her school.
Two runners up were also chosen; Matthew McCormack from St Laurence’s and Sarah Burrowes from St Brigid’s GNS, Glasnevin.
All three pupils received framed copies of their posters and EAI branded mugs in recognition of their efforts.
It was clear from the entries received that the future generation does understand just how important electricity is.