Dublin will next year host one of the globe’s biggest gatherings of international financiers, to discuss and promote responsible and sustainable investment, in Ireland and across the world.

Sustainable Nation Ireland, a group that promotes Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon economy, is partnering with global publication Responsible Investor to host the Global Sustainable Capital Forum in March 2017.

The forum will discuss the opportunities and challenges facing all institutions in the investment chain for sustainable capital flows into low-carbon, resource-efficient investment projects in Ireland and across the world. The event is hoping to build on the momentum of the global climate deal agreed in Paris.

At a sustainable and responsible investment leadership breakfast briefing in Dublin today, more than 100 business leaders heard that there is an enormous opportunity for Ireland to position itself as a world leader in this area.

Stephen Nolan, CEO of Sustainable Nation Ireland, which hosted the event, said: “It is clear that the world’s capital markets and major global investors have woken up to the challenge of climate change, environmental sustainability and the role of finance in helping solve society’s problems.

“This shift presents a significant opportunity for Ireland in terms of increasing environmental funds serviced, under management or deployed into Irish enterprise activities with potential for exponential growth.”

More details on the 2017 forum will be released later in the year. Sustainable Nation Ireland was created through a 2015 merger of Ireland’s Green International Financial Services Centre (Green IFSC) and The Green Way, an organisation leading the cleantech cluster in Dublin.

Photo: L-R Pat Cox, Sustainable Nation Ireland international ambassador; Hugh Wheelan, co-founder Responsible Investor; and Ambassador Dan Mulhall, Irish Embassy UK

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