Research Papers 2011

Synopsis: Here you will find a list of Committee for Enterprise, Trade and Investment research papers published during 2011.

Key Concerns Surrounding ‘Fracking’

- Date: 09/12/2011 - Author: The Research and Information Service

This briefing paper discusses the key concerns concerning hydraulic fracturing. This includes the disposal of frack fluid and the effects of fracking on human health. This paper reports experiences in North America and analyses the French ban on fracking.



- Date: 08/12/2011 - Author: The Research and Information Service

Fracking is the common term applied to the process of hydraulic fracturing used to recover natural gas from deep shale formations. This briefing paper explains the process of fracking and identifies where this process is used across the globe. The paper also discusses the approaches to fracking in the UK, the island of Ireland, and Northern Ireland. It examines the environmental impact of hydraulic fracturing and highlights instances where this process has been banned or delayed to allow for further investigation.


Framework programme 7

- Date: 08/11/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

The following paper provides information on Framework Programme 7and the regional distribution of participants and funding under the scheme.


R&D Policy, Performance and Barriers

- Date: 08/11/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

The following paper looks at R&D strategy, expenditure and constraints in Northern Ireland and beyond.


EU Innovation Policy – Best Practice

- Date: 08/11/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

This paper provides case studies on best practice EU innovation policy. It examines the research and innovation systems of the three top performing EU Member States: Sweden, Germany and Finland


Energy Brokering

- Date: 06/10/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

The following paper provides background information on energy brokering and comment from the Utility Regulator and Consumer Council on the potential impact it may have on energy consumers in general


The impact of public sector gas uptake

- Date: 21/06/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

This paper provides a range of background information that goes some way toward answering the question – What would the impact on the retail price of gas be if public sector gas use was increased within areas where gas is currently available? It does this in three ways – by outlining the Utility Regulator’s response to that very question, by comparing the use and cost of gas and oil in the public sector, and by outlining historic trends in the retail price of each fuel.


Legislative consent motion – renewable heat incentive

- Date: 04/03/2011 - Author: Aidan Stennett

This Paper provides background to the Department of Enterprise, Trade and Investment’s intention to bring a legislative consent motion on renewable heat. Details of the UK renewable heat incentive are also included.


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