28th Sep 2017
37-42 McCann Fitzgerald, Sir John Rogersons Quay, Dublin 2
7:30 – 9:15am


Climate change is a key issue. Recent natural disasters show the very real cost that climate change could cause insurers in the future. And according to a recent report by the European Environment Agency, climate change-induced flooding and severe weather has resulted in economic losses of €2.9bn to Ireland from 1980 to 2013. The report warns that future damages would arise as average temperatures continue to rise.

With so many international insurance companies located in Ireland, Sustainable Nation Ireland is exploring the potential opportunity to develop a climate risk cluster of expertise based in Ireland.

As such, our fourth Breakfast Leadership Series will focus on the topic of climate risk, examples of climate risk insurance activity already ongoing in Ireland and discuss the possibility of Ireland developing an expertise in climate risk.

Panel members to be published shortly.

This breakfast series is hosted by our Sustainability Skillnet in partnership with McCann Fitzgerald.

Register here


McCann Fitzgerald, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

7:30 – 9:15am

27th April 2017


There is an enormouse opportunity for Ireland to position itself as a focal point as global capital flows into sustainability.
Our status as a fund domicile and our asset management and asset servicing expertise could and should be exploited to make
Ireland the sustainable investment destination of choice, especially when aligned with our sustainability business expertise.


Panel details to follow shortly.


Register here


Tuesday 4th October, The Studio, National Concert Hall, Dublin

Book your tickets now

‘Making Nature Count’ brings together scientists, economists, NGOs, accountants, policymakers and businesses to look at the natural capital approach from a variety of perspectives and examine its potential to help address the environmental and social challenges we face.

Natural Capital is defined as the planet’s stocks of water, air, minerals and living things, which deliver ecosystem services that we depend on. These services are seen as ‘free’, as such we do not value them in the same way we value things we have to pay for. Today, many of the most important ecosystem services our growing global population needs are being compromised and some are showing signs of failure. Why? Part of the reason is that the laws of economics were laid down before we understood the laws of ecology: you can’t have infinite growth on a finite planet. Can we retrofit capitalism for a sustainable society? Can we reflect the true value of the natural world in political and economic decision making? Can we make nature count?

On Tuesday 4th October at the National Concert Hall, Ireland’s Natural Capital Forum supported by Sustainable Nation Ireland is exploring answers to these questions with a unique group of internationally renowned speakers, including Tony Juniper (former Director of Friends of the Earth, author and campaigner); Gary Gillespie (Chief Economic Adviser to the Scottish Government, who made ‘increased natural capital’ a national performance indicator and enshrined nature in Scotland’s economic strategy); and Ambassador David Donoghue (Ireland’s permanent Ambassador to the UN and Co-Chair of the Sustainable Development Goals – video address).

Natural Capital Forum is also hosting an exclusive 1 hour Business Breakfast Briefing on the morning of the conference at Bank of Ireland, Burlington Plaza, Dublin 4. This event is for private sector organisations interested in learning more about the Natural Capital Protocol for business, which has been piloted by Nestle, Dow Chemical, Coca Cola, Olam, Tata, Shell, and many more. To secure your place, contact Ireland’s Natural Capital Forum directly – naturalcapitalireland@gmail.com

Find out more – visit www.naturalcapitalireland.com

Natural Capital Conference ‘Making Nature Count’, supported by Sustainable Nation Ireland


ClimateLaunchpad, the European Union’s cleantech enterprise platform, is the world’s largest cleantech business idea competition. The competition is an opportunity for Irish entrepreneurs to take part in a European competition that will see them present their green business pitch, value proposition and business model to a national jury.

It aims to discover Europe’s most promising cleantech innovations – be it an innovation in renewable energy, a sustainable transition in the food chain, a mind shift in urban mobility or another way to tackle climate change. It now works with partners in 30+ countries to support new cleantech startups by offering training, coaching, and support. The mentoring process starts with 2–day bootcamp where Climate-KIC trainers cover everything that is required to jumpstart a cleantech business. This is followed up by intensive coaching to ensure businesses have perfected their pitch, value proposition and business model in time for the National Final.

Business ideas are generally aligned to one of the Climate KIC themes:
• decision metrics and finance,
• sustainable land use,
• sustainable production systems and
• urban transitions.

These themes also align with a number of key areas on Ireland’s national research prioritisation list – in particular:

  • Smart Cities and Smart Grids,
  • Sustainable Food Production and Processing and
  • Marine Energy.

2016 sees Sustainable Nation mentoring 8 teams for the Climatelaunchpad National Final on September 1st. Business ideas range from harvesting crickets to produce protein for energy bars, to innovative models that focus on domestic demand response to developing equipment that will reduce emissions and improve the efficiency of timber processing. The top three teams will go to Estonia to represent Ireland in the European final.

Climatelaunchpad is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate-change innovation platform. Sustainable Nation is the manager for the Climate-KIC Ireland hub.


On the 28th October, the global Climathon is on! A hackathon focused on finding solutions to major urban climate challenges, this year’s Climathon takes place simultaneously in 121 global cities, including Dublin and Cork.

The city and others set up local climate change challenges which can include planning, infrastructure, housings, water, waste, transport, data and others. These also reflect the decarbonisation imperative of a world that will be 80% urban by 2050.

Over the course of 24 hours, participants will work in teams and coaches will be available to help ideate and develop solutions. A jury will then select the best idea for each city.

Climathon is an initiative of Climate-KIC, Europe’s largest climate-change innovation platform. Sustainable Nation is the manager for the Climate-KIC Ireland hub.



Date: 28th Oct 2016
Time: 08.00 to 20.00
Location: Trinity, Foster’s Place, College Green, Dublin 2

A solution-driven approach: Sustainable Nation Ireland, in partnership with Smart Dublin have identified a number of priority climate challenges facing the Dublin Region. Successfully addressing these challenges can help enhance city life and also lead to greater
efficiencies and savings in areas such as public lighting, energy usage and urban transport activities.

Climathon Dublin will focus on two core urban challenges:

    • Transport – how to ensure mobility and connectivity of citizens, where a growing economy and the need to be more sustainable converge. Dublin local authorities and DAA are reducing the number of car parking spaces both in the city and at the expanding airport-city campus. In this context, how can businesses ensure their employees, customers and citizens can commute, enjoy the city and environs with reliability on private cars.


  • Energy – Dublin city has a desire to be a carbon neutral city, and wants to focus activities in districts. A key challenge to develop “carbon neutral districts” is the supply and distribution of low carbon energy. Smart Dublin want to support the increased installation of solar PV, focusing on private/ corporate sector uptake. The challenge is corporates are distrustful of benefits, thus a paradigm shift in mindset is required to build trust in technology, financing models and benefits to society.


The Approach: Participants will work in teams, with mentors, domain experts and designers available who will help ideate and develop solutions. A jury of low-carbon leaders will then select Dublin’s best idea, which will be pushed out to the global Climathon city family in 121 cities across 30 countries!
We are bringing together domain experts and designers to assist teams in idea formation and execution. Experts include: Trinity College Dublin and Relayr. There will be an open innovation ethos and a mixing of participants and skillsets will be encouraged. Internet of Things (IoT) tools will be on hand to support development.

Sustainable Nation will host the Dublin Climathon Challenge 2016 in partnership with:




For more information on the Dublin Climathon contact aideen.ohora@sustainablenation.ie or to register your interest please fill out your details in the form below and we will be in contact with next steps. 



Date: 28th Oct 2016
Time: 08.00 to 08.00 (24hrs)
Location: Environmental Research Institute, UCC, Lee Road, Cork City

Cork the Food Capital: Cork is the food capital of Ireland with its reputation for fine food and drink. Cork also sits within the “Golden Vale”, an area of tremendous agricultural productivity in Ireland. Cork City is home to the English Market with its locally sourced food and international ingredients, there is an array of unique restaurants and eateries including vegetarian and vegan, and there are food initiatives such as Food Academy and farmer’s markets with organic and local produce directly sourced from farmers. County Cork also has the highest (per county) amount of family run farms, 10% of the national total.

On the other hand, the agricultural sector in Ireland is responsible for 30% of total country GHG emissions while the EU average is 10%. The majority of these emissions come from cattle grazing. Hence, it is clear that savings in agriculture are crucial to achieve the GHG emissions targets beyond 2020. There is also a need to create a secure food system in Ireland since as much as half of country’s food bill comes from imported products.

The Challenge: In the Cork Climathon 24 hour challenge we will define together the key challenges of food and agriculture management in Cork. These could be food production, meat consumption, transport, food waste, water, organic farming, locally sources produce and food security. We will work with stakeholders across the food chain to identify key climate challenges for them and work on practical, innovative solutions that address both the climate change and food management issues in the city.

The Approach:  The approach will be trans-disciplinary and anyone is welcome to register. Places are limited so please give us a much information as possible on your skills, interests in the area of climate change, and ideas when you register as applications will be assessed to ensure an appropriate mix of skills and backgrounds in the Climathon teams.

The Cork Climathon Challenge 2016 in partnership with:







For more information on the Cork Climathon contact cork.climathon@gmail.com  or to register at https://climathon.climate-kic.org/join/steps 

Get Involved

Climathon Dublin & Cork offers you and your team an opportunity to literally roll-up your sleeves and help Dublin and Cork tackle these challenges head on. The full day will be covered by a dedicated social media team ensuring your brand features prominently as a responsible and smart business.

To join the movement, please register you interest below and if you are selected to participate, we will be in contact about next steps.

For the Dublin Climathon please contact aideen.ohora@sustainablenation.ie

For the Cork Climathon please register at https://climathon.climate-kic.org/join/steps


VISIONS 2100: Stories from Your Future

Tailors’ Hall, Back Lane, Dublin 8

Monday 25 July 2016

17.30 to 20.00


Visions 2100 shares eighty stories from some of the world’s leading environmental thinkers and influencers and tells of their visions of the future world.
Climate Change visions can be truly scary but foretelling of catastrophe may not inspire the wider community. Storytelling of a better world can mobilise communities and global networks to deliver extraordinary outcomes. The global Visions 2100 Project seeks to recalibrate environmental communications by telling stories of a better world.

What Contributors to Vis/ions 2100 have to say

‘Poverty is eradicated. Every child goes to school regardless of sex, race, religion or place of birth. Every woman enjoys equality with every man. Every household has access to energy. In 2100, the world is just.’ Mary Robinson, Special Envoy on Climate Change, United Nations
‘Opportunity from 2100 forward is unimaginably vast and incredibly varied.’ Christiana Figueres, Executive Secretary, UNFCCC
‘Timing is everything, and it hurts to think we blew it.’ Bill McKibben, 350.org

Dublin Launch

Join author John O’Brien, contributor John Gibbons with Aideen O’Hora, Alex White and Cara Augustenborg to find out more, hear their futures and learn how to create your
own better world.


Register at dublin@visions2100.com. When registering please stating your name and organisation.



‘The new bottom line’.
Sustainable and Responsible Investment

28th April 2016
Royal College of Physicians, No. 6 Kildare Street, Dublin 2
7:30 – 9:15am

Goldman Sachs recently declared that sustainable investment has now become mainstream – and that awareness of ESG (environmental, social and governance) factors is a minimum requirement for investment. It called it the ‘new bottom line’.

Ireland’s Opportunity

There is an enormouse opportunity for Ireland to position itself as a focal point as global capital flows into sustainability.
Our status as a fund domicile and our asset management and asset servicing expertise could and should be exploited to make
Ireland the sustainable investment destination of choice, especially when aligned with our sustainability business expertise.

28th April Panel Members

Will Quiton, Global Head of Responsible Investment First State Investment
Sandra Rockett, Director International Business Irish Life Investment Managers
Flavia Micilotta, CEO EuroSIF
Daniel Brooksbank, Editor-in-Chief Responsible Investor

This breakfast series is hosted by our Sustainability SKillnet in partnership with the IIEA adn CDP Ireland, kindly supported by KPMG.

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Royal College of Surgeons, 123 St. Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2

7:30 – 9:15am

21st June 2016


€85 trillion will be invested in global sustainability & resource efficiency infrastructure by 2030. Irish firms are playing their part by leading the way in sustainability tech & innovation while winning billions in investment. How can we further stimulate this growth, win greater market share, while increasing access to capital and emerging markets?


Nations are starting to embrace the necessity of a low-carbon economy as climate change, population growth, increasing urbanisation and rising consumption place increasing demand on scarce resources.

This is now driving the business of clean technology and investment in sustainable products and services at a rapid rate. Non-sustainable investments are being assigned negative risk scores, prompting global investors to look for alternative businesses and assets in which to invest.

Tipping point

Which means that we have reached a tipping point. An €85 trillion tipping point to be invested in global sustainability and resource efficiency infrastructure by 2030. An opportunity hotspot!

Capture the opportunity

Post COP21 and with a clearer global policy framework emerging, we feel it is timely to focus on what is potentially required from a domestic policy, funding and skills perspective to further support the emergence of Irish enterprise leadership in sustainability. We also feel there is scope for Irish located businesses to re-invent themselves and positively transform their business models to take advantage of the shift. Now is the time for university incubators, start-ups and mature companies to embrace this agenda.

This breakfast series is hosted by our Sustainability Skillnet in partnership with the IIEA and CDP Ireland, kindly supported by KPMG.


Register here




37-42, McCann Fitzgerald, Sir John Rogerson’s Quay, Dublin 2

7:30 – 9:15am

08th June 2017


Why the growth of international ‘climate finance’ is an opportunity for Ireland

The Paris climate summit signalled a fundamental shift in the global economy towards a more sustainable model that will limit global warming to 2°C above pre-industrial levels. One of the key planks of the Paris agreement is ‘climate finance’ – a pledge that developed countries will by 2020 channel $100 billion a year of funding to poorer countries to help them meet the challenges posed by climate change. For Ireland, this ramping up of climate finance represents a significant opportunity.
Ireland is already playing its part in the fight against climate change, but it can – and will – do more.
Ireland has said it will continue contributing its current level climate finance, which between 2016 and 2020 ensures €175 million in public funding, mainly for adaptation.
In addition to this, it will this year begin to make contributions to the Green Climate Fund – a vehicle set up by the UN to channel finance to projects in developing countries – with a view to ramping up support over the coming years.
Ireland has also said it will increase its contributions to the Least Developed Countries Fund, which helps countries adapt to deal with the impacts of climate change.
But the public sector alone cannot solve climate change or deliver the required amount of climate finance. For the 2°C target to be met, the private sector will need to invest at-scale in climate solutions. Ireland can play a major role in helping channel this private finance.

Panel details to follow shortly.

This breakfast series is hosted by our Sustainability Skillnet in partnership McCann Fitzgerald.

Register here