WIT and AIB to collaborate on low carbon research

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Pictured at the funding announcement is WIT researcher Norah Storey

Pictured at the funding announcement is WIT researcher Norah Storey

Decision-making process of institutional investors in the low carbon assets across Germany, Ireland and the UK to be explored in IRC-funded research

AIB is the partner on a WIT research project which has been included for funding in the Irish Research Council’s Enterprise Partnership Scheme which supports collaborations between researchers and partner organisations.

An Exploration into the Influences Underpinning the Decision-Making Process of Institutional Investors in the Low Carbon Agenda: Perspectives from Germany, Ireland and the UK is the topic of research to be completed by Norah Storey’s in collaboration with enterprise partner Allied Irish Bank.

Climate change

Climate change is a reality disrupting national economies with much debate over how greenhouse emissions can be reduced to achieve the targets set under the Paris 2015 global climate change agreement. The International Energy Agency estimate that $53tn in investment is needed by 2035 to meet these targets with an increasing need for private sources of funding with institutional investors one key source.

This research aims to explore key influences and factors underpinning the decision-making process of institutional investors in the low carbon assets across Germany, Ireland and the UK capturing a diverse mix of jurisdictions. 

Policy influence

This study will contribute to both academic and policy literature by gaining insights into the drivers, motives and barriers to investing by large investors in low carbon projects.

Speaking at the launch of this award, supervisors Dr Tom Egan and Dr Sheila O Donohoe stated, “We are delighted to have AIB as our enterprise partner who have the low carbon economy central to their strategy and a dedicated team in place to support investing in this area. We along with our PhD student Norah will gain much from working with AIB are a hugely committed partner and supporter of this research”


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