ESG Autumn Summit (1) 1

2024 Spring Agenda

7:45am

Registration, refreshments and exhibition viewing

8:40am

Welcome

Shay Cloherty, MD, iQuest & Business Post LIVE

8:45am

Welcome from the Chair

Broadcaster & Host of The Breakfast Business, Newstalk
8:50am

The roadmap to Net Zero

OPENING ADDRESS:

Keeping pace on climate change

Change is happening but just not fast enough. How do we scale up the implementation of climate action? We open our event with global and national perspectives on climate action.

Board Member of Trocaire, former Ambassador and Chair of International Programmes Advisory Committee
Chairperson, Climate Change Advisory Council
9:20am

Financing the transition to Net Zero

Head of the Climate Change Unit, the Central Bank of Ireland
9:40am

FIRESIDE CHAT

Accelerating Ireland’s energy transition

Progress in renewable power generation is a vital step towards climate action. A discussion on how the acceleration in development of renewable energy projects is needed if the State is to come anywhere close to the target of a 51% reduction in emissions by 2030.

Country President Ireland, Schneider Electric
Head of Renewable Energy, Bord na Móna
10:00am

PANEL DISCUSSION:

Turning ambition into action on delivering net zero

How to create transition plans that stand up to investor scrutiny, inspire your industry and decarbonise your business. 

  • To what extent have net-zero transition plans been developed and executed?
  • Where are the climate commitment gap hotspots and what are the practical solutions to close the commitment gap?
  • How do you understand the risks and opportunities for access to finance?
  • What role should government and policymakers play in the development and execution of climate transition plans?
  • How do you anticipate incoming mandatory disclosure rules can help accelerate businesses’ transition to net zero operations?
  • What are the talent and skills gaps to deliver Net Zero and how will we fill them?
CEO, Folens
Managed Services Country Lead, HP Ireland
Head of Sustainable Banking, Banking & Payments Federation (BPFI)
Director of Enterprise, Employees and Skills, SOLAS
10:35am

Morning networking break & exhibition viewing

1:00pm

Networking lunch break & exhibition viewing

2:00pm

Welcome back from the Chair

Broadcaster & Host of The Breakfast Business, Newstalk
2:05pm

The future of sustainability reporting

Spotlight on Due Diligence: What will the CS3D mean for companies?

On March 15 the EU Council approved the Corporate Sustainability Due Diligence Directive, a pivotal milestone in Europe’s climate action strategy. Once implemented the CS3D will impose an unparalleled and extensive corporate governance duty on many companies based in and outside the EU:

  • Will this apply to your company? What are the key requirements?
  • What is the scope and impact of the CS3D?
  • The implications of non-compliance
  • Timelines and next steps
Partner, Corporate and M&A, A&L Goodbody
2:20pm

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

Benchmarking business and human rights in Ireland

How do businesses ensure that their consumers can purchase products with peace of mind, knowing that they are contributing to the protection of human rights and the environment. Drawing on recent research assessing the human rights performance of Ireland’s leading companies, Benn outlines the report’s recommendations on how to prepare for the CS3D. 

Manager, Human Rights & Sustainability, Mazars
2:35pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

The future of corporate sustainability reporting

With sustainability reporting requirements moving from voluntary to mandatory and new sustainability regulations on the horizon, will 2024 mark the year we see increased action and a shift in mindset?

  • What sustainability means for business and what impacts, risks and opportunities does it present?
  • First steps in mandatory sustainability reporting: Sustainability leaders share their insights on preparing for the CSRD
  • Current strengths and weaknesses of current corporate reporting
  • What are the latest EU developments and expectations on sustainability reporting?
  • Towards greater international harmonisation of sustainability reporting
  • The future: Incorporating nature-related and biodiversity disclosures into corporate sustainability reporting
Head of Sustainability, Kenmare Resources plc
ESG & Sustainability Lead, A&L Goodbody
Co-founder, SustainabilityWorks
Chief Transformation Officer, An Post
3:10pm

Closing remarks and summit close

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