A year ago, Sustainable Nation’s then international ambassador Pat Cox said there was an opportunity for Ireland and the UK to work together to mobilise capital into ‘climate resilient infrastructure’.
Those words will be very much to the fore again as 90 guests gather for the second Irish-UK Green Finance dinner at the Irish Embassy on October 9.
The London dinner is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the closeness of our two nations and that continuing relationship once the Brexit process has concluded.
Last year’s event was addressed by Mr. Michael D’Arcy TD, Minister for Financial Services, who highlighted the huge potential of green finance for investors and Ireland.
The embassy event also showcased Ireland’s expertise in the area and explored ways to further strengthen relationships with the UK as both countries ramp up national decarbonisation efforts.
This year’s guest list will again include representatives from some of the biggest names in world finance as well as global agencies tasked with tackling climate change. They include the UN-supported Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) body, Climate Bonds Initiative, Climate-KIC, the UK Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the Irish Strategic Investment Fund.
Companies attending the Green Finance dinner last year included Impax Asset Management, Hermes Investment, Rothschild, BNP Paribas, JP Morgan, McKinsey, AIB, McCann Fitzgerald, Bank of Ireland, Brookfield Renewable, NTR Plc, Blackrock Renewable Power, KPMG, Irish Life Investment Managers, Solar 21, Microsoft, Ulster Bank, Investec, Temporis Capital, Nord LB, Greencoat Capital, Fidelity International, Coillte, Bord na Mona, Abundance Capital, Mainstream Renewable Power and Lockheed.
Forming part of the Government’s IFS 2020 Strategy, Sustainable Nation Ireland is working to mobilise private sector capital in support of Ireland’s national decarbonisation and showcasing Ireland as a location to manage, domicile, service or list low-carbon funds.