Our Ambition

Population growth, urbanisation and rising consumption of scarce resources such as food, water and energy are increasing pressure on the planet’s diminishing natural resources. These trends are driving the need to foster and develop responsible and sustainable business practices.

The purpose of Sustainable Nation is to support and develop ideas, innovations and investment strategies to successfully transition Ireland to a low-carbon economy.

Forming part of the Irish Government’s IFS 2020 strategy, its ambition is to have €250 billion managed, domiciled and deployed into low carbon enterprise solutions, all underpinned by sustainable and responsible investment principles by 2021.


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Our Focus

Our Focus

  • To provide a voice for the sector, a platform for (international) collaboration and vehicle for the promotion of the Irish sustainability and low carbon sector
  • To accelerate the growth of Ireland’s indigenous low carbon sector, including increase the amount of capital deployed to Irish projects and enterprises
  • To promote Ireland as a location of choice to domicile / manage assets from underpinned by responsible and sustainable investment principles
  • To develop a skills programme for the enhancement of world-class knowledge and competence
  • To support the development of innovative financial services and products that support sustainable economic development
  • To embed responsible and sustainable business practices across Irish enterprises
  • To share industry insight and collaborate with sector stakeholders

Our History

Sustainable Nation Ireland was created through a 2015 merger of Ireland’s Green International Financial Services Centre (Green IFSC) and The Green Way, an organization leading the cleantech cluster in Ireland’s capital city, Dublin. A formal government memorandum led to Green IFSC’s establishment with the support of state agencies Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, Bank of Ireland, legal firm Arthur Cox and the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC). The Green Way was founded by Dublin City Council, Fingal County Council, Dublin City University, Dublin Institute of Technology and Dublin Airport Authority.

Meet our team

  • Ché McGann
    Ché McGann | Programme Executive Che is currently working as a Programme Executive for Sustainable Nation. In her spare time she is completing a full-time MSc in Sustainable Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology. Her background is in process development and manufacturing engineering, and has worked for multi-nationals such as Boston Scientific Corporation, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and FT Technologies. Che has a proven capacity for driving and coordinating technical projects to ensure their smooth development from concept to production. Che holds a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Dublin City University.
  • Stephen Nolan
    Stephen Nolan | CEO Stephen is widely acknowledged as an accomplished senior business professional who has led and delivered expertly crafted initiatives and businesses across both public and private spheres. He possess a strong background in technology and policy with a recent focus on climate finance. He is recognised as an energetic, charismatic and well-connected leader whose drive and determination to achieve challenging goals generates high levels of motivation and a ‘can-do’ attitude amongst peers and subordinates alike. Over the past fourteen years he has developed a distinct skillset encompassing a unique understanding of the machinery of Government, international agencies and businesses and where they intersect both nationally and internationally. His experience has equipped him with an ability to successful lead, raise capital for and project manage complex, multi-stakeholder undertakings at the highest levels.

    Stephen is a former Executive Director Green IFSC; ICT Special Advisor to the Secretary General, Department of Communications, Marine & Natural Resources Ireland; CEO of the UN founded Global eSchool & Communities Initiative; Advisor to UN Secretary General Kofi Annan ICT Task Force; and Executive Assistant to the Chairman & CEO Rivada Networks.

    Stephen is a member of the International Advisory Group of the Climate Bonds Initiative; the Advisory Group for the UN Environment Programme Global Environment Monitoring System for Water Capacity Development Centre; and the UN founded Network 11 initiative.

    Stephen is also a Board member of the Haven Partnership, the Irish Chamber Orchestra and the Children’s Cancer Fund for Ireland.
  • Aideen O’Hora
    Aideen O’Hora | Director Sustainable Innovation Aideen is the Director of Sustainable Innovation. Formerly the Executive Director of The Green Way, Aideen is passionate that Irish businesses and organisations can step up to meet the challenges and opportunities of low-carbon economic development. Prior to this Aideen worked for the private and public sector, which included working at the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland to develop Irelands Smart & Sustainable Energy Communities programme, influencing change not just in Ireland but through Europe’s Smart Cities Programme.
  • Ron
    Ron Immink | Entrepreneur in Residence Ron is the Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Sustainable Nation and is currently focused on ClimateLaunchpad. He is a serial entrepreneur who has successfully established and developed several companies and his global experience spans training, consultancy, publishing, education, innovation and tech transfer. Ron regards “green as the new normal” and is working with a number of start-ups and SMEs who are developing exciting green economy solutions.

Team bios

Ché McGann | Programme Manager Che is a Programme Manager at Sustainable Nation. With a background in process development and manufacturing engineering, she brings her project management skills and a structured approach to this role. She has worked for multi-nationals such as Boston Scientific Corporation, Fisher and Paykel Healthcare and FT Technologies UK. Che has a proven capacity for driving and coordinating technical projects, supporting the transition from initial concept design to the transfer of new products to production. Che is completing an MSc in Sustainable Development at the Dublin Institute of Technology and holds a B.Eng. in Biomedical Engineering from Dublin City University.