Ireland’s fifth annual Climate Finance Week returns this week

Friday October 14: Climate Finance Week Ireland, Ireland’s premier and only government-affiliated event aimed at advancing the sustainable finance agenda gets underway this Monday, October 17th

Climate Finance Week Ireland (#CFWI22) is once again delivered by Sustainable Finance Ireland, in partnership with Department of Finance and proudly sponsored by AIB. 

This year’s event centres on the first year of the Irish Sustainable Finance Roadmap in action, examining the progress which has already been made and addressing the challenges for the sustainable finance agenda, both domestically and internationally, into the future.  

Key events throughout the week include the launch of the new Irish Sustainable Finance Centre of Excellence, the AIB Sustainability Conference, the launch of the national Sustainable Finance Fintech Strategy, the unveiling of a new world-first, Professional Diploma in Sustainable Finance for Compliance Professionals and much more.  

A host of world-leading speakers is promised, including Cate Blanchett, Global Goodwill Ambassador for UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, internationally acclaimed and award-winning actor, producer, humanitarian, and dedicated member of the arts community, Dr. Jane Goodall DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute and UN Messenger of Peace, Marcie Frost, CEO of the California Public Employees' Retirement System (CalPERS) and Marcos Neto, Director of the UNDP Sustainable Finance Hub to name just some. 

In welcoming the fifth Climate Finance Week Ireland, event Chair and Director of the UNDP-FC4S, Stephen Nolan says, “I want to thank all our partners across Irish-located finance community for their continued support for Climate Finance Week, at what is a critical time for the sustainable finance agenda. 

The geopolitical climate grows increasingly turbulent, but the necessity for action on climate change remains. 

I am glad to see Climate Finance Week Ireland play its role in helping to facilitate an essential dialogue in how we rise to meet these challenges.” 

Climate Finance Week Ireland Chief Sponsor, AIB’s CEO Colin Hunt says, “The breadth of activity and speaker-line up for 2022 Climate Finance Week reflect that climate change is the most pressing challenge of our generation.  

AIB is once again delighted to partner in this important series of events where we will continue to contribute to the discussions throughout the week.  

We are particularly looking forward to opening Climate Finance Week with the 6th AIB Sustainability Conference which will start the week with inspiring speakers from Ireland and beyond.” 

Climate Finance Week Ireland has undergone exponential growth in the 5 years since its inception, going from 600 attendees in 2018 to over 5.5 thousand at last year’s event, and seeing event social media impressions increase from over 280 thousand to 10.4 million across the same time period.  

For a full itinerary or to register your interest in attending one of the many virtual events taking place throughout Climate Finance Week Ireland 2022, visit: https://www.climatefinanceweek.ie/  

ENDS 

For more information, please contact Anthony McFeely, Communications Manager, Sustainable Finance Ireland. 

Email: Anthony[email protected] 

Mobile: 087 292 0235 

Notes for editors:  

Sustainable Finance Ireland:  

Sustainable Finance Ireland works to position Ireland as a leader in sustainable finance. All activities are aligned with government’s Ireland for Finance strategy and help to deliver on annual action plans. Sustainable Finance Ireland is responsible for delivering the national Sustainable Finance Roadmap launched at Climate Finance Week Ireland 2021.  

Irish Sustainable Finance Roadmap 

The national Sustainable Finance Roadmap has been developed by Sustainable Finance Ireland and UN-convened FC4S, in collaboration with public and private stakeholders across Ireland including the Department of Finance, Skillnet Ireland and internationally in order to support the development of sustainable finance talent in Ireland. 

Launched during Climate Finance Week 2021 by Minister for Finance Paschal Donohue, the roadmap is a priority Action Measure under the Ireland for Finance Action Plan 2021, demonstrating sustainable finance’s increasing prominence as a priority for Ireland and an essential tool in addressing the climate crisis. 

‘Ireland for Finance 2025’ 

International Financial Services Strategy 2025 – Ireland for Finance 

In April 2019, the Government of Ireland launched Ireland for Finance, its whole-of-Government strategy for the further development of the international financial services sector in Ireland to 2025. The vision of the Strategy is for Ireland to be a top-tier location of choice for specialist international financial services. The Strategy is structured around the following four pillars. Three horizontal priorities apply across the four pillars: regionalisation, sustainable finance, and diversity.  

AIB Sustainability Conference  

The AIB Sustainability Conference is an annual event where the bank hosts global and local leaders to share insights, learnings and best practice about how business can address the issue of Climate Action as part of a broader Sustainability approach.