Job announcements expected as 2015 Sustainability Gathering begins in Dublin

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A number of job and investment announcements are expected at the 2015 Sustainability Gathering, which begins in Dublin Castle today.

Some 600 people are expected to attend the event, with the theme ‘Capital Working For Sustainability’, over the next three days.

The main aim of the event will be to facilitate the transactions that will steer capital towards investments that are both environmentally and socially sustainable, and make a healthy return.

Separate events today and tomorrow will focus on the financing of Irish cleantech start-ups and see the launch of Docklands 21, a partnership between SEAI, Dublin City Council and Green IFSC to ensure that Dublin’s Docklands are undertaking best-in-class resource efficiency measures.

Pat Cox, Chairman of the Sustainability Gathering, said: “Ireland’s third Sustainability Gathering, which I am delighted to chair, will provide an opportunity for hundreds of investors, entrepreneurs and policy-makers from Ireland and across the globe to explore the opportunities in this field.

“This year we are celebrating Ireland’s leadership capacity in sustainability – across innovation, finance and talent development. And we have much to celebrate!

“The sector is creating innovative, world-beating solutions. Irish firms are creating jobs and winning global investment. We are regularly competing and winning against the best in the world.”

Discussion panel members include investment leaders managing billions of euro in sustainability investments; enterprise leaders driving sustainability innovation; policy leaders shaping the energy, jobs and investment policy framework; and editors of major international publications.

Stephen Nolan, executive director of the Green IFSC, commented: “”The Sustainability Gathering is unique. It is rare to find all these people in one room at one time.

“This event defines the sustainability investment ecosystem for Ireland and it allows the community to celebrate Irish Innovation while exploring what more can be done to compete globally.”

The Sustainability Gathering 2015 will also feature the following speakers: Angus McCrone, chief editor, Bloomberg New Energy Finance; John Mullins, CEO Amarenco Solar; Richard Nourse, CEO Greencoat Capital; Mark Foley, managing director, Coillte Enterprises; Peter Cripps, editor, Environmental Finance; Terence O’ Rourke, chairman, Enterprise Ireland; Ken Spratt, assistant secretary general, Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources; Dr. Brian Motherway, CEO, SEAI and Paul Mulvaney, executive director ESB, with more to follow.

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