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.

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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.


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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.

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