KPMG is delighted to support the inaugural Dublin Climate Dialogues conference taking place on 19th and 20th May. The conference seeks 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 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.
Chaired by Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament, we are delighted to confirm the participation of 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, Nobel laureate Professor William Nordhaus, United States Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry and former President of Ireland Mary Robinson.
Also taking part in a series of conversations and presentations will be 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.
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.”