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Sustainable Dublin 2050 - Carbon, the Race to Zero

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Dublin Chamber is delighted to invite you to the next event in our Sustainable Dublin 2050 Series on Thursday 6th February. The event will focus on Carbon, The Race to Zero.  

Date: 
Thu 06 Feb 2020
Time: 
07:45 AM - 09:30 AM
Venue: 
Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

We’ve lined up 4 thought-provoking speakers from both the public and private sectors who will explore what needs to be done to deliver the ambitious carbon targets laid out in the Government’s Climate Action Plan.

By 2030, the plan states a number of objectives for Ireland, including: a 50% reduction in transport emissions; 1 million electric vehicles on Irish roads (including 1,200 low emission buses); and having 70% of power generation coming from renewable sources.

How likely is it that Ireland will meet these targets? Talking us through the challenges and opportunities at the event will be:


Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary Environment & Climate Action
Dermot Nolan, CEO, Ofgem
Denis O'Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland
Ray Coyne, CEO, Dublin Bus

Speaker

Catherine Moroney, Dublin Chamber Vice President

Dermot Nolan, CEO, Ofgem:

Dermot joined Ofgem as Chief Executive Officer in March 2014. He brings with him extensive leadership experience in energy regulation, market competition and the protection of consumers' interests having most recently been Commissioner at the Commission for Energy Regulation in Ireland from May 2008 and its Chair since May 2011. Prior to this, he was Senior Economic Adviser at the Commission for Communications Regulation and was manager of the mergers division for the Irish Competition Authority. A graduate of Trinity College Dublin, he undertook further study at Yale where he gained a PhD in Economics. He has lectured at the University of London, specialising in the areas of market structures and firm performance.

Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary Environment & Climate Action:

Brian Carroll is the Assistant Secretary General leading the Climate Action and Environment function at the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.     Brian joined the Department in 2008, having worked previously as Head of Decarbonisation and Head of Finance and Corporate Affairs.   He has wide experience across the public service, having also worked in the Departments of Finance, Foreign Affairs and Justice.    Brian holds degrees in business, anthropology and economics, and is a graduate of University College Dublin, Trinity College, the Institute of Public Administration, and the Dublin Business School. 
 
Ray Coyne, CEO, Dublin Bus

Ray Coyne has had a long and successful career with Dublin Bus. He was the Project Manager for the strategic redesign of the public bus transport system (Network Direct) in Dublin from 2009 to 2011. This was the largest revision of a public transport network in Europe. The implementation has proven to be successful, resulting in improved financial stability, increased customer usage and improved product understanding for customers. He was appointed Human Resource Manager in 2011 and in 2015 he was made Chief Executive Officer of the company. During his tenure as CEO, Dublin Bus has seen consistent growth and last year  carried 142 million customers a 5% increase on 2018.”

Denis O’Sullivan, Managing Director, Gas Networks Ireland

Denis O’Sullivan is the Managing Director of Gas Networks Ireland, the semi-state company which owns and operates Ireland’s natural gas transmission and distribution system.  With over 20 years’ experience in conventional and renewable energies, including natural gas, wind energy, biomass and waste to energy, Denis is at the forefront of the decarbonisation of Ireland’s energy sector.
A key focus for Denis is to ensure Gas Networks Ireland achieves a carbon neutral network, through the development and utilisation of Biomethane, Carbon Capture and Storage and Hydrogen. 
Prior to becoming Managing Director, Denis was Head of Commercial with the company, and had responsibility for managing, developing and delivering the business’s commercial growth and innovation strategies with a key focus on maximising the utilisation of the gas network and diversifying its use into transport. 
Denis is co-chair of the Low Carbon Economy Group with Business in the Community, working with companies such as EirGrid, Dawn Meats, and Musgraves to develop innovative and ambitious ideas to support the transition to a low carbon economy.  A key output of this group to-date is the signing-up of 54 companies in Ireland to a Low Carbon Pledge committing to reduce their carbon footprint by 50% by 2030


Event name: 
Sustainable Dublin 2050 - Carbon, the Race to Zero
Event date: 
Thu 06 Feb 2020
Event time: 
07:45 AM - 09:30 AM
Venue: 
Dublin Chamber, 7 Clare Street, Dublin 2 D02 F9O2

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