Energy Transition Summit 2024 (1)

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8:00am

 Registration, Networking & Exhibition Viewing

8:50am

WELCOME

Managing Director, iQuest & Business Post LIVE
9:00am

OPENING REMARKS FROM THE CHAIR

Entrepreneur & Broadcaster
Managing Director, iQuest & Business Post LIVE
9:10am

MINISTERIAL ADDRESS

Ireland’s Energy Revolution

Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Climate and Communications
9:20am

INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Accelerating the global energy transition

Director of Sustainability, Technology and Outlooks, International Energy Agency (IEA)
9:30am

PANEL DISCUSSION

Navigating the shifting frontiers of the energy transition

The global energy transition, pivotal to climate change mitigation efforts and for delivering secure and affordable energy for all, has made gradual progress in recent years. Despite this, alarm bells on global warming keep getting louder as countries are facing simultaneous pressures on all three pillars of the energy transition: economic development and growth, environmental sustainability, and energy security and affordable access. The panel will discuss the uncertainties that have shaken the foundations of the energy system and the paradigm shift required in our strategies and immediate actions.

Energy Attaché, Permanent Representation of Ireland to the EU
CEO, Electricity Association of Ireland
Director of Policy and Insights, Sustainable Energy Association of Ireland (SEAI)
Group MD Energy Customer Solutions GB (Energy solutions) & IRL (SSE Airtricity)
10:00am

EUROPEAN KEYNOTE ADDRESS

Leading the revolution in Europe

MEP, Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, European Parliament
10:15am

PRESENTATION

Biomethane Energy Report – potential for decarbonising Ireland’s gas supplies

Future Networks Manager, Gas Networks Ireland
10:30am

PANEL DISCUSSION

Scaling up on renewables

Leaders in climate action industries must grasp the opportunities for their energy businesses. A massive up-scaling in our switch to renewables is required including accelerating the delivery of offshore wind, onshore wind and solar as well as ramping up green hydrogen production. Ireland is well placed to take advantage of opportunities through our vast renewable resources and there are opportunities for innovation and new technologies to play a significant role to meet emissions reduction targets.
Topics will include:

  • What are the investment trends in the low carbon energy transition?
  • How can we de-risk clean energy investments to maintain capital flow?
  • What process and energy technologies are available to drive digital transformation in businesses?
  • What do we need from the national grid?
  • What capital financing and funding opportunities are available?
Country President, Schneider Electric
Regulation and Commercial Manager, ESB Networks
CEO, Enterprise Ireland
Chief Innovation and Planning Officer, EirGrid
11:00am

COFFEE BREAK & NETWORKING

11:30am

STREAM 1 and STREAM 2 will run concurrently in separate rooms

DELIVERING OUR NATIONAL CLIMATE ACTION TARGETS

DELIVERING THE CLIMATE ACTION AGENDA IN THE BUSINESS SECTOR

11:30am

WELCOME

11:30am

WELCOME

Chief Executive Officer, Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)
11:35am

PRESENTATION

Head of the National Network, Local Connections Programme, ESB Networks
11:35am

PRESENTATION

Key drivers for engagement on the journey to net zero

Managing Director, SSE Airtricity
11:45am

CASE STUDY

Warrington Borough Council – a commercial approach to public sector clean energy investment

Head of Corporate Finance, Warrington Borough Council
11:45am

CASE STUDY

Harnessing the best of Ireland’s natural resources with Ballygowan

Britvic Ireland recently announced a new Customer Corporate Power Purchase Agreement to ensure that Ballygowan, Ireland’s iconic water brand is produced using 100% renewable electricity harnessed from wind energy. Sian will share the steps that Britvic Ireland is taking across its manufacturing operations towards a more sustainable environmental footprint.

Director of Sustainable Business, Britvic Ireland
12:00pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

Leading the energy revolution in the state sector

The public sector is committed to leading by example and demonstrating its commitment to climate action through a range of activities and measures it will implement to reduce emissions. Energy efficiency is a core component so improving buildings’ and operations’ energy efficiency is an essential step. These measures will include upgrading lighting, heating and cooling systems, implementing energy management systems, and promoting sustainable transport and mobility at every opportunity.

Topics include:

  • updating our roadmaps to align with the deadlines outlined in CAP23
  • promoting energy efficiency and investment in low-carbon and renewable energy solutions
  • the role of innovation and technology in achieving the broader national goals
  • investing in research and development applicable to buildings and operations and where it can be leveraged
Chief Sustainability Officer, CIÉ Group
Digital Manager, Bord na Móna Renewable Energy
Head of Sustainability and Innovation, Uisce Éireann
12:00pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

Leading the energy revolution in the private sector

CAP23 outlines ambitious plans for the private sector. The scale of change means all private sector organisations need to act now if Ireland is to meet its climate obligations. Our expert speakers will outline the scale of the challenges for Irish businesses and help them to understand CAP23, and how to achieve their ambitions, its impact on citizens, communities, and enterprise. They will explore how climate action matters translate into meaningful business decision-making and what it will take for responsible and resilient businesses to succeed in the long run.

Senior Executive, Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC)
External Affairs & Stakeholder Liaison, Simply Blue Group
Head of Energy & Sustainability, Savills
12:30pm

SPOTLIGHT ON... School sector climate roadmap

Decarbonising the school sector

Reducing emissions and increasing energy efficiency across the school sector

Technical Manager, Planning & Building Unit, Department of Education
12:30pm

SPOTLIGHT ON...

De-risking offshore renewable energy development using computational modelling

Assistant Professor in Civil Engineering, University College Dublin (UCD)
12:40pm

SPOTLIGHT ON... Health

The climate crisis is a health crisis

Showing leadership and commitment to integrate sustainable actions and principles across areas such as buildings, green space development, transport, greener models for health care, procurement and more.

National Director for Quality Improvement, HSE
12:45pm

IN CONVERSATION WITH…

The journey through wind and solar development in Ireland

Farmer and Owner, Crocane Wind Farm and Lurrig Solar Farm
12:50pm

SPOTLIGHT ON...

Exploring synergies between offshore wind, district heating and hydrogen centred in Poolbeg

Executive Manager – Research, Development and Innovation, Codema, Dublin’s Energy Agency
1:00pm

LUNCH BREAK & NETWORKING

2:00pm

WELCOME BACK FROM THE CHAIR

Entrepreneur & Broadcaster
2:05pm

AFTERNOON KEYNOTE

Acting in a climate emergency

What should the government and the energy sector do to ensure that the state meets its obligations under the Climate Act and related carbon budgets? How can the energy transition be made fair and just, to displaced workers, energy-impoverished households and marginalised communities?

Climate Campaign Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Ireland
2:20pm

PANEL DISCUSSION

Accelerating the revolution – what we need to do now

Climate action is not all about challenges, but about realising the opportunities that a clean, sustainable environment and society will offer in a way that is fair for everyone. The panel will discuss how we need to ramp up our ambitions to accelerate the actions that are required to respond to the climate crisis, putting climate solutions at the centre of our social and economic development. Also how we need to actively engage our citizens, encouraging individuals and communities to continue to be key drivers of the low-carbon transition.

Chief Executive Officer, Irish Solar Energy Association (ISEA)
Head of Policy, Wind Energy Ireland
Senior Manager, Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
2:50pm

LOCKNOTE ADDRESS

How can we increase the pace of the energy transition?

Professor of Energy Engineering, University College Cork (UCC) & Director of SFI MaREI Centre
3:05pm

CLOSING REMARKS

Entrepreneur & Broadcaster
3:15pm

CONFERENCE ENDS

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