The EPA annual Climate Change Conference was inaugurated in 2019 when we hosted a large one-day event in May 2019 at the Aviva Stadium. This event was entitled "Ireland as a Leader in Climate Change". The event was opened by the then Minister for Communications, Climate Action & Environment Richard Bruton, TD. The speakers over the course of the day were Dr Artur Runge-Metzer of the EU Commission, Stephen Treacy EPA, Dr Charles Sabel, Columbia Law School; Maria Vassilakou, Deputy Mayor of Vienna; Marie Donnelly of the EU Commission; Dr Tara Shine; and Ciarán Hayes, Sligo County Council. There was also a panel discussion with Q&A following each session. It was a great day and we were delighted with how successfully received it was generally.
The intention was to follow this up with a similar event in 2020 however due to the Covid-19 pandemic, unfortunately, we had to postpone.
However, on 23 and 24 June 2021, a virtual Climate Conference event was held. The theme of the event was "Achievement of Climate Neutrality" and it was split over two days - the morning of 23 June and the afternoon of 24 June. Again this was a very successful event and we were so pleased with how it all unfolded. It is always unfortunate when an event like this is not possible in the physical sense however, despite that, there was much opportunity for networking and engagement on the platform.
This year's event, the first hybrid event for the Climate Conference was held at the Croke Park Conference Centre on Wednesday 1st June. The theme this year was 'Creating Ireland's Climate Future'. The conference sets the vision for a climate-neutral and resilient Ireland by 2050 and how that vision will be achieved in terms of strategic planning, built and natural environments. It also focused on how we scale up and speed up the implementation of climate actions. Once again it was a pleasure to welcome Eamon Ryan TD, Minister of the Environment, Climate and Communications to open the event which included keynote speakers such as Dr Debra Roberts, co-author of the IPCC WGII report, Paddy Hayes, CE of ESB Group and Paul Hogan from the Dept of Housing, Local Government & Heritage. We were delighted also to host the launch of Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2021-2040 presented by Stephen Treacy, Senior Manager at the EPA.
All above events are available on the EPA Youtube channel, in full, with the 2022 event being added in the coming days.