The inaugural Dublin Climate Dialogues seeks to scale up ambition in the run up to the critical COP26 Summit. On May 19 and 20, the Dialogues will bring together senior government representatives from the US, China, Europe, UK and the UN along with high-profile business representatives and leading economists to forge a declaration on how to turn net-zero pledges into concrete energy policies and actions to be adopted at COP26 including ways to strengthen the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Declaration will be handed to the COP Presidency at the conclusion of the conference.

On day two, the event will also aim to set-out how global energy systems should be recast to facilitate net-zero and on the technology underpinning the drive to sustainability.

Our High-Profile Speaker List confirmed to date includes

John Kerry

U.S. Special Presidential Envoy For Climate

Damilola Ogunbiyi

Chief Executive Officer And Special Representative Of The UN Secretary-General For Sustainable Energy For All, Co-Chair Of UN-Energy

Dr. Fatih Birol

Executive Director, International Energy Agency, Paris

Dr. Satyendra Prasad

Fiji’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York and Chair of the Pacific Small Island Developing States

Dr Rhian-Mari Thomas OBE

Chief Executive, Green Finance Institute

Pascal Lamy

President of the Paris Peace Forum and Brunswick Europe Chair

Michael Liebreich

Chairman and CEO of Liebreich Associates

Mary Robinson

Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the Elders

Marrie Toussaint

French Greens/EFA Member of the European Parliament

Rabia Ferroukhi

International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) Director of Knowledge, Policy and Finance Centre

Dublin Climate Dialogues

Designed to encourage meaningful conversations towards a more effective Paris Accord. The topics for presentation and debate include:

  • The impact and cost of current and future damage of climate change
  • The social and economic benefits to global GDP from decarbonising energy and industrial production
  • The benefits of an accelerated global decarbonisation pathway and the opportunities to deploy renewable technologies at scale, including storage and green hydrogen
  • The opportunities for global trade in a world of carbon pricing and border adjustments
  • The role of the private sector in effecting the transformation, including financing the transition to sustainability.

This event will be critical to attend for anyone in a leadership position who is serious about climate change and decarbonising our economies

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Steering Committee

Dr Eddie O’Connor

Chairman and Founder, Mainstream Renewable Power, CEO and Founder, SuperNode

Pat Cox

Former President of the European Parliament and Chairman, SuperNode

Adam Bruce

Global Head of Corporate Affairs, Mainstream Renewable Power

Professor Patricia Maguire

Director of the UCD Institute for Discovery

Professor Andrew Keane

Director, Energy Institute, University College Dublin

Mike Hayes

Global Lead Renewables and Decarbonisation, KPMG

Dr. Pradeep Monga

Former Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD and Director of Energy and Climate Change, UNIDO

Professor Liming Wang

Director of Irish Institute for Chinese Studies at UCD and UCD Confucius Institute for Ireland

Niamh McGrath

Marketing Manager, Mainstream Renewable Power

John Barry

Director of Major Strategic Partnerships, University College Dublin

Michelle T. Davies

Partner and International Head of Clean Energy and Sustainability, Eversheds Sutherland