3rd Annual Sustainability Gathering
Dublin Castle 10-11th December 2014
A forum for the global green economy
This December will see the third annual Sustainability Gathering take place in Dublin, Ireland. Following the success of last year’s event, which attracted 300 attendees, hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers are expected to converge on Dublin castle for two days of discussion, cutting edge debate and deal making.
The sustainability opportunity
Leading financiers and entrepreneurs have embraced the vast array of opportunities presented by the sustainability challenges faced by the world: the $1 trillion each year that needs to be invested to address climate change; the enormous capital demands of a sustainable agricultural sector fit to feed 9 billion people; the $22 trillion required for global water infrastructure over the next two decades and the forecast 40% increase in energy demand by 2030.
The Sustainability Gathering brings together those finding solutions to the world’s sustainability challenges – whether by developing products and services, or by laying the policy foundations – with the investors and asset managers looking to provide capital.
A vibrant domestic market…
Emerging EU policies across renewable energy, natural capital, waste and water sectors are prompting a massive shift towards investment in European sustainable infrastructure. Ireland is counted amongst the leaders in Europe in embracing the move towards a comprehensive green economy. Ireland is harnessing its key natural resources, excellence in the new technologies and indigenous entrepreneurial flair to punch above its weight across the range of sustainability sectors.
The government and its agencies have fully supported business growth in the sustainability sector, playing a key role in facilitating international investment and talent development. Critically it has re-purposed the country’s €6.8bn sovereign wealth fund towards clean infrastructure and sustainability.
…with an international outlook
But Ireland’s green entrepreneurs are also looking overseas – exporting the skills and products developed in Ireland to a host of countries across Europe, Asia and the Americas. Following in the footsteps of Mainstream Renewable Power, one of the world’s largest clean energy companies, a whole ecosystem of project developers has sprung up, financing sustainable projects globally.
And a world-leading centre for environmental finance
Dublin is emerging as a hub for environmental finance. The government is seeking to replicate the success Ireland has had since the 1990s in attracting international fund managers to the capital, by positioning Ireland as a centre for green asset management.
All together in one place
This year’s Sustainability Gathering will bring together the key players in Ireland’s markets with their international peers, to help enable, finance and deliver the global green economy.