Caption: L to R: Jamie Heaslip; Mark Foley, Managing Director, Coillte Land Solutions; Kevin Maughan, CEO, UrbanVolt; Caroline Pope, Associate Director, Climate Change and Sustainability KPMG; Ray O'Neill, Head of Sustainable Business, AIB.

Business Leaders Lineout for Sustainability Gathering 2016

Ireland’s biggest gathering of business leaders, policy makers and innovators focused on sustainability, skills and investment will take place over two days in Dublin in November. The ‘Sustainability Gathering’ is be held in Dublin from November 21, bringing together more than 500 hundred established businesses, investors, policy-makers and start-ups.

The event, hosted by Sustainable Nation Ireland, will discuss and showcase the many ways that Irish businesses can grab a share of the estimated €85 trillion which will be invested in global sustainability and resource efficiency by 2030.

Among those lending support to the Sustainability Gathering is Ireland rugby star and businessman Jamie Heaslip.

Sustainability Gathering Launch 2016


Heaslip, an investor in UrbanVolt which provides Lighting as a Service (LaaS), was speaking at a Sustainable Nation/UrbanVolt partnership event.

The Ireland international said: “To remain competitive and improve profitability, Irish businesses must address sustainability challenges – investors, consumers and society now expect it.”

“The Sustainability Gathering ensures that Irish companies have access to key insights that can only help to increase their competitiveness, their focus on innovation and how best they can finance their sustainable business activities. I am delighted that UrbanVolt, a company in which I am investor in, is a Sustainability Gathering 2016 partner.”

The Sustainability Gathering aims to steer businesses towards making smart, low-carbon investments in Ireland’s future. In doing so this can ensure that Irish investment and enterprise firms remain competitive, improving profitability and driving innovation at a regional level.

Sustainable Nation Ireland is a not-for-profit organisation that mobilises finance, leadership and skills with aim of transitioning Ireland to a low-carbon economy.

After last year’s Cop21 climate change talks in Paris, a clearer global policy framework is emerging that has put global sustainability at the top of the business agenda- creating vast opportunities.

Currently, more than 650 Irish-based firms are engaged creating scalable, world-beating solutions and winning investment totalling billions of euro.

Sustainable Nation Ireland helps those companies to accelerate the financing and deployment of low-carbon technologies and products in a world where the Internet of Things is becoming ever-present.

Building on this momentum, this year’s Sustainability Gathering aims to steer businesses towards making smart, low-carbon investments in Ireland’s future.

In doing so it will ensure that Irish investment and enterprise firms remain competitive, improve profitability and drive innovation at a regional and national level.

Focused on the entire capital chain – policy makers, capital providers, intermediaries and enterprise companies, this year’s Gathering is once again chaired by Pat Cox, former President of the European Union.

Over the course of the 21st – 22nd November, with some 500 people due to attend this year’s event series, separate events will include the first meeting of the EU’s Climate-KIC British-Irish Advisory group; a gala dinner; a full day session focused on responsible investing; the launch of the CDP Ireland 2016 report; and the plenary session taking place in Dublin Castle. There will also be a number of important job and investment announcements.

As part of this year’s event, Sustainable Nation will also launch its new five-year strategic plan ‘Positioned to Lead’ with key goals including the targeting of 2,000 new jobs at a regional level, and €250 billion in low-carbon funds domiciled, managed or deployed into low-carbon enterprises by 2021.

Stephen Nolan, CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland, commented: “As in previous years, the Sustainability Gathering maps the sustainability investment and innovation landscape for Ireland.

“It gives the community an opportunity to celebrate Ireland’s leadership capacity in sustainability – across innovation, finance and talent development. And we have much to celebrate, while exploring what more we can do to compete globally.”

Sustainability Gathering discussion panel members will include investment leaders managing billions of euro in sustainability investments; enterprise leaders driving sustainability innovation; policy leaders shaping the energy, jobs and investment policy framework; and editors of major international publications.

Speakers will include Shaun Kingsbury, CEO UK Green Investment Bank; Sean Kidney, CEO Climate Bonds Initiative; Pat Cox, Board member Michelin; Colin Hunt, Managing Director AIB; John Mullins, CEO Amarenco Solar; Peter Cripps, editor, Environmental Finance; and Daniel Brooksbank, editor, Responsible investor, with more to follow.

Sustainability Gathering 2016 partners include UrbanVolt, Coillte, AIB, KPMG, and Climate-KIC.

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