Ireland faces challenges in meeting its Climate Change policy commitments to the period 2020. These challenges become more acute for the period to 2030. To deliver on the measures which will be contained in the forthcoming Mitigation and Adaptation Plans of the Government, profound behavioural changes will be required across all sectors and strata of society to further the transition to a low carbon economy and to adapt to the implications of climate change.

The BEAST project generates essential information and analysis from the behavioural sciences, complementing existing approaches that aim to tackle climate change. The project supports the effective translation of opportunities for mitigation and adaptation into actionable policies with the objective to design behaviourally-informed policies that promote sustainable behaviour in businesses and households.

The project is based at EnvEcon and closely collaborates with the behavioural economics group led by Liam Delaney at the UCD Geary Institute.