David Connolly: The speed at which we are tackling climate change is nowhere near fast enough

The chief executive of Wind Energy Ireland outlines key moves that could mitigate climate change and turn Ireland into the powerhouse of Europe

David Connolly, former chief executive of Wind Energy Ireland, talks about five changes he would make for a greener world

On a trip to Moneypoint power station as part of his mechanical engineering degree nearly 15 years ago, David Connolly was curious about the volume of energy produced by Ireland’s largest power generator.

When the tour guide revealed that a considerable amount was going into the river Shannon as excess heat, Connolly was stunned.

“He made a passing joke about heating up the fish,” Connolly said. “It just hit me like a brick. How are ...