The Summit, which is Europe’s leading event on climate innovation, focused on the finance needed to accelerate climate action.
Organised by EIT Climate-KIC, Europe’s climate innovation body funded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology, the summit coincides with Ireland’s 2018 Year of Sustainable Business, and was developed in partnership with Sustainable Nation Ireland, supported by Ireland’s Department of Finance. Stephen Nolan CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland and his talented team greatly enhanced the reputation of Dublin as an emerging green business hub.
Pictured: Paul Brosnan, Marketing Director Veon Ltd, Terry McCallion Director Energy Efficiency & Climate Change European Bank for Reconstruction and Development and Cecelia Repinski, Executive Director, Stockholm Green Digital Finance.
From 6 to 8 November, 600 decision makers from across Ireland and Europe convened at Dublin Castle to discuss innovative finance solutions that will accelerate the decarbonisation of transport, buildings, and food production.
Paschal Donohoe TD, Minister for Finance, Public Expenditure and Reform, opened the event and stated that: “Underlining Ireland’s commitment to this vital agenda, I am delighted that Europe’s Climate-KIC has chosen Ireland as the venue for this important gathering. Climate change is one of the most crucial issues facing the world today”.
The Summit, which has taken place annually since 2016, connects policymakers, businesses, entrepreneurs, scientists and academics to share best practice and create the opportunities to scale-up the solutions that accelerate climate action. An impressive array of speakers included Maroš Šefčovič, Vice President, Energy Union European Commission, Andrew McDowell, Vice-President, European Investment Bank, Teresa O’Flynn, Managing Director, Global Head, BlackRock Real Assets Sustainable Investing, Sasja Beslik, Head of Sustainable Finance, Nordea Asset Management and Andrew Parry, Head of Sustainable Investing, Hermes Investment Management among many notable others.
Climate-KIC is Europe’s largest public-private innovation partnership, driving innovation in climate change through creative partnerships large and small, local and global, between the private, public and academic sectors. It plays the role of innovation engine, matching and nurturing supply and demand and adding value through each stage of the climate innovation process. Partners bring their industry experience to the community and are connected through Climate-KIC’s centres across Europe.
Paul Brosnan of Veon stated that he was “delighted to attend the event and engage with other delegates from across the globe as we collectively seek to accelerate climate action in our various field of endeavour and learn from each other’s experience.” Veon is Ireland’s leading forest management and consultancy company and is committed to the principles of ESG.