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Rethinking Demand:
Reality and Opportunity

26 Oct 2022

By Sun 11 Sep 2022May 20th, 2023CIRCULAR ECONOMY, Events

This event is now over

You can READ our report here:
VIEW our video of the event here, and
SEE our photos of the conference here.


You can also READ Green House Think Tank’s Rethinking Energy Demand here.

Event Details


Green European Foundation, with the support of Green Foundation Ireland, invite you to participate an afternoon Hybrid Conference (in-person and online):

Reality and Opportunity

14:00 – 17:30 (Irish time)

Venue – for those who wish to attend in-person:
Oak Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin, D02 XK40.

by Zoom – for those who wish to attend online:
Log-on details will be issued nearer the time to those who register.

Book Here


While admission is FREE to this event, registration is REQUIRED beforehand as places, both in-person and online, are extremely limited.

Please secure your place, either in-person or online, by booking here.


The Mansion House is situated in Dawson Street, Dublin 2 – here is a map to help you located it. Access to the Oak Room (where our event is being held) is via the entrance to the left of the building. This is a shared entrance with the Round Room. For those with a disability, access is via a platform lift which can be found to the left of the building. Please let us know in advance if you require assistance, so a member of the Mansion House staff can be assigned to help you on the day.

Public transport is probably the best option as car parking in front of the Mansion House is strictly forbidden. The location is close to the LUAS at the Dawson stop and to bus routes that travel along Dawson Street.

The nearest car parking is either at Dawson Street (which is via School House Lane and is immediately behind the Mansion House) or at the Setanta Centre.

Our Event


Green European Foundation is bringing together Green Foundation Ireland, Green House Think Tank (UK), and Etopia (Belgium) at a conference hosted with the Deputy Lord Mayor of Dublin, Darcy Lonergan, in the Oak Room of Dublin’s Mansion House. We will launch our Rethinking Demand Framing Paper and explore the complexity of the actions needed to reduce our demand for energy as well as how we go about doing this.

As the urgency of the need to limit emissions to prevent further climate harm grows, and the all-encompassing nature of achieving this dawns, the pivotal role of rethinking how our societies deliver wellbeing for all has become ever more critical. Sessions will explore how social and business practices, infrastructure, and our governance structures can be transformed to reduce the collective demand for energy and unlock a future without fossil fuels.


Please see a short overview below.

14:00 Address by Dublin’s Deputy Lord Mayor Darcy Lonergan.

Presentation and discussion of Green House Think Tank’s framing paper “Rethinking Energy Demand” by two of its authors, Jonathan Essex and Peter Sims.

Responders will be Sadhbh O’Neill and Orla Kelly.

Panel discussion facilitated by Michael Smith (Editor of The Village magazine) with keynote speaker John Gibbons (Environmental journalist and commentator) and Claire Downey (Rediscovery Centre), Davie Philip (Cultivate) and Rosalind Skillen (Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful).

“Circular Economy and Demand Reduction” with Minister Ossian Smyth.

17:00 Closing reflections and drinks reception.

As always at our events,
an important part will be the
Q&A session which will allow full
participation by those attending.

Our PROGRAMME OF EVENTS (last updated on 25 Oct 2022)
is available here.

Further updates on this event will appear on this page.


Europe’s insatiable demand for energy and other resources is fuelling a global climate emergency. Amid war and a cost-of-living crisis, it is having a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of many Europeans as well, with the poor and vulnerable disproportionately affected.

Join us, either in-person or online, to discuss this reality and the fundamental changes needed, but also to explore the opportunities that lie ahead once we start rethinking demand.

With thanks to the European Parliament for financial provision to Green European Foundation.