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KPMG supported the inaugural Dublin Climate Dialogues conference which took place on 19th and 20th May. The conference sought to scale up ambition in the run up to the critical COP26 Summit, bringing 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 was handed to the COP Presidency at the conclusion of the conference. Read the declaration here.

Participants

Dublin Climate Dialogues was chaired by Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament, and participants included the following worldwide industry names:

  • Dr Fatih Birol Executive Director of the International Energy Agency, 
  • Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All, 
  • Professor William Nordhaus, Nobel laureate,
  • John Kerry, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate and 
  • Mary Robinson, former President of Ireland.

Also taking part in a series of conversations and presentations were:

  • Paschal Donohoe, the Irish Finance Minister and President of the Eurogroup,
  • Simon Coveney, the Irish Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, 
  • Eamon Ryan, Ireland’s Minister for Transport and Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, 
  • Enrico Letta, former PM of Italy, 
  • Sonya Twohig, Secretary General, ENTSO-E, 
  • Henrik Stiesdal, world leading wind turbine designer, and 
  • Mike Hayes, Global Lead Renewables and Decarbonisation, KPMG.

KPMG's Mike Hayes on Green Capital

KPMG's Bridget Beals on Climate Risk

Commentary

Speaking at the launch of the Dialogues, Pat Cox underlined the gravity of the climate emergency facing the world, and the compelling need for action at this year’s COP.

“We have a climate emergency in search of urgency as regards the scale, substance and speed of the response needed to contain its most damaging potential, by accelerating actions to limit global temperature rises to those agreed in the Paris Accord of 2015. Urgency and acceleration are the key themes of the conference.”  

Highlighting the potential of the conference to influence COP26, KPMG’s Mike Hayes added:

“KPMG believes Dublin Climate Dialogues is a highly significant event in the drumbeat to COP26. It brings together key players on the policy, capital and technology agendas to deliver critical messages and specific actions to the COP26 Presidency.”

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