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Climate Action & Economic Opportunities Conference 2023

Climate Action & Economic Opportunities Conference 2023

The Climate Action and Economic Opportunities - Local Authorities Supporting Enterprise conference was held on Tuesday the 26th of April 2023 in Tullamore.

The conference heard from a range of speakers on the need for innovation in enterprise to help in the fight to combat climate change and the role of local authorities in facilitating sustainable enterprise. The conference showcased examples of how businesses are pivoting to capitalise on new opportunities and in doing so are becoming green economy pioneers, with the support of local authorities. The conference programme can be viewed HERE.

The recording of the Minister Coveney’s address and presentations from the day can be viewed below.

Keynote address, Simon Coveney TD, Minister for Enterprise, Trade & Employment

Presentations from the day.

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Business Models for Local Climate Action
Prof. John Cullen, Maynooth University School of Business; Co-Principal Investigator of Sustainable Futures project

Future Skills and the Climate Challenge – Supporting talent demands for a net zero economy.
Dave Flynn, Director of Business Networks, Skillnet Ireland

Local Government & Climate Action Economic Opportunities – An international perspective
Andrew Walker, Chief Researcher, Local Government Information Unit (LGiU)

Planning for Economic Opportunities for Offshore Renewable Sector
Garry Martin, Director of Services, Donegal County Council

EU Just Transition Fund – Promoting economic opportunities for communities in transition
Terry Connolly, Administrative Officer working on the EU Just Transition Fund, Eastern and Midlands Regional Assembly (EMRA)

Onshore community opportunities from offshore renewables - Experience from Northern Europe
Angelika Grohmann-Woerle, Project Lead, TenneT Large Projects Offshore – Lead Offshore Development

IFF Plastic - Upgrading recovered plastics
Sharon Barrington, Managing Direction of IFF Plastics Ltd., Cree, Kilrush, Co. Clare

MyGug - Clean energy from food waste 
Fiona Kelleher, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer MyGug

BladeBridge - Blade repurposing for carbon reduction in infrastructure
Angie Nagle, Co-founder and CEO, BladeBridge, Mallow, Co. Cork

Cirtex – Leading the way on upcycling 
Rick Earley, CEO Cirtex, Cooleeny, Longford, Co. Longford

Case Studies