Canada’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, Catherine McKenna, will tomorrow (12th October) address senior Irish business leaders on how best to unlock the potential for jobs and investment in the clean technology industry.
The Minister will speak tomorrow morning at a leadership event hosted by Sustainable Nation Ireland, the organisation tasked by Government in its IFS 2020 Strategy with promoting Ireland’s green finance and innovation activities.
The event, which will focus on areas of cooperation between Ireland and Canada, and by extension Europe, comes with this year’s crucial global climate action talks (COP23) in Bonn, Germany, just a few weeks away.
Attendees at the 7.30am Dublin event, held at the offices of law firm McCann Fitzgerald, will include leading Irish enterprises, capital market participants as well as officials from government departments and State agencies.
Speakers include Canadian Minister Catherine McKenna and Dr. Tom Mitchell, Head of the European Union’s U.K.-Ireland Climate-KIC initiative – the EU’s flagship climate change initiative overseen in Ireland by Sustainable Nation Ireland.
Also speaking is Ruth Kent, CFO Brookfield Renewables Europe. Brookfield is a leading Canadian asset manager whose European HQ for renewable investment is in Cork. 100 people are employed managing €1 billion in clean energy assets.
Long-term business growth and success is inextricably linked to the risk posed by climate change. The Bonn Cop23 talks are expected to address demands by global investors for a roadmap that sets out clear targets for responsible investment in non-polluting sectors.
Sustainable Nation Ireland promotes Ireland as a green finance hub and helps Irish business to embed sustainable best practice within its operations, while supporting early-stage low-carbon companies scale their businesses.
In Ireland, approximately 350 companies are actively producing new low-carbon products and services. In addition, €28 billion in green finance capital is also managed, domiciled or listed in Ireland.
The Leadership event is supported by the Sustainability Skillnet, Ireland’s national skills platform for the sustainability enterprise and investment sector.
Pic: Irish Prime Minister Leo Vradakar, T.D. and Canadian Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Catherine McKenna MP