We would always maintain we have an offering to rural customers that's better than oil. "Cool Planet is trying to get a young audience, school-going children, and the more we can support an audience like that the better. I think it's going to be a very fun, interactive place. I still think there is a proportion of the population who like doing something, but aren't in the mindset yet." Rosheen Mc Guckian, NTR Foundation The NTR Foundation was established in 2008.
An independent philanthropic organisation, it has invested in organisations including the Marei Centre for Marine and Renewable Energy at UCC, the Wind Energy Centre at Letterkenny IT and Dublin's Science Gallery.
"At the end of Cool Planet, you're encouraged to take a personal action which is incredibly reasonable. "Some 20pc of emissions today come from electricity generation, and 35pc come from transport and heat.
If you can electrify all of transport and heat from clean electricity, it moves from being the problem to the solution," he says.
The Cool Planet Experience is, in many ways, an idea borne out of frustration. The brainchild of entrepreneur Norman Crowley, Ireland's first interactive climate change experience will explain the science of climate change, allow visitors to experience changing weather patterns first hand, and show how gridlocked, polluted and dirty cities can be transformed into smarter places to live, using off-the-shelf technology.
There's an appetite for it, but it's all about education and choice.I'm of the view that all the players in this have an obligation to inform.There are big decisions to be made here, some of which have cost implications." Sharon Nolan, Calor Gas supplier Calor has been involved with Cool Planet since 2015, and aims to offer its customers a product which is "better than oil" in terms of performance and emissions."Myself and my fellow sponsors live in a world of budgets and targets, so we can bring a realism.If we are depending on behavioural change we're f**ked. We need people with money to adopt it earlier, and we need government to legislate faster.
The company has connected more than 3,000MW of renewables to the system, but admits that burning coal and peat at its plants is a major issue.