Climate change has the power to impact our way of life, the viability of otherwise thriving businesses, and increase unemployment.
Dublin Chamber believes a more sustainable future can be achieved, but only through a holistic approach. Sustainable mobility, flexible working practices, a focus on renewable energy, circular economy adoption by business, and urban density are all key to a sustainable reset.
To understand the challenges climate change presents and to examine how we can achieve a more sustainable future Dublin Chamber will run a series of four events for senior decision makers from Dublin Chamber’s membership. The aim of the series is to update and inform Dublin Chamber members on the legislative and political context of climate action and the benefits and opportunities that a move toward a low carbon and more circular economy can present to business.
This event is kindly sponsored by AIB, Matheson, Pinergy and Tesco
08:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2
The theme for the event is learnings from COP26 and how we move forward to secure net zero. The format is a panel discussion.
Some of the key areas this event will cover with its panel speakers includes:• Why securing net-zero is now a core principle at strategic level for larger and mid-sized businesses• How business leaders must act to accelerate climate action to ensure commitments are delivered• Why businesses need to understand the innovations and opportunities that a move to net zero will bring.
Deirdre Ryan, Director of Quality Assurance and Origin Green
Deirdre has extensive experience in the food industry with a strong track record of driving impact through by embedding sustainability into business strategy.
In her role as Director of Quality Assurance and Origin Green at Bord Bia, Deirdre is responsible for driving the Origin Green ambition; that farms and food manufacturing businesses throughout Ireland sign up to the sustainability agenda, with progress independently measured, assessed and verified. Origin Green plays a crucial role in driving continuous improvement across Ireland’s food and drink sector, with significant reductions achieved to date in carbon emissions on farm and in energy and water use in processing and manufacturing. The ultimate aim of the programme is to safeguard Ireland’s global reputation and competitive advantage as a producer of quality sustainable food.
Prior to her appointment, Deirdre was Head of Corporate Social Responsibility for Lidl Ireland & Northern Ireland, where she led the development and implementation of Ireland and Northern Ireland’s sustainability strategy. From 2013 to 2015, as part of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Ambassador programme, Deirdre was responsible for building trade awareness globally for the sustainability credentials of Irish food and drink producers.
Deirdre has also held positions with leading dairy exporter Ornua, Nestle Switzerland, and Metro Group, the world’s fourth largest retail group.
Deirdre holds an MSc in Business Sustainability and an MBS in International Business from UCD Smurfit Graduate School, and a Commerce International with Italian from University College Dublin. She is also an Irish Olympian; she competed in the high jump at the London 2012 Olympics. Deirdre is also a board member on the Board of Sport Ireland since July 2021.
Dr Paul Ryan Head of International Finance and Climate Division, Department of FinanceBio to follow Seán Scally, Partner in Energy & Natural Resources and Project & Infrastructure Groups, Matheson
Seán Scally is a partner in Matheson’s Energy and Natural Resources and Projects and Infrastructure Groups. Seán advises developers, lenders and sponsors on the development and financing of energy and infrastructure assets (conventional and renewable energy assets, telecoms infrastructure, PPPs and oil and gas). Seán also advises buyer and seller on the acquisition/disposal of these types of large scale energy and infrastructure assets. Seán advises clients on regulatory matters and has a particular specialism in the areas of electricity and gas market regulation and trading as well as having advised on the majority of Corporate PPAs which have been concluded in Ireland to date. Prior to working in the legal sector, Seán completed his degree in Mechanical Engineering in 2004 and worked in the medical device industry between 2004-2008.