Minister Donohoe welomes news AIB to sponsor Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019

16th May, 2019

Minister for Finance and Pub;ic Expenditure & reform, Paschal Donohoe TD, and Sustainable Nation Ireland are delighted to announce AIB as principal sponsor of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019, a unique programme of events this November that will focus on sustainable finance and responsible investment as well as Ireland’s drive to a carbon neutral economy.


Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019 (November 4th to the 8th) will see a series of events take place across the country including inspirational sustainability and climate-themed talks, interactive workshops and high-impact events attended by senior domestic and international corporate leaders, financiers and key policy makers.


A highlight of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019 will be the Annual AIB Sustainability Conference which will be held in Dublin. It will focus on unlocking the potential of sustainable growth and the opportunities and most pressing challenges facing businesses in the transition to a low-carbon economy. 


Between now and 2030, the G20 estimates that $90 trillion is required in order to restrict global warming below 2°C. In Ireland alone, it will cost the state €50 billion to make the transition to a sustainable, low-carbon economy by 2030, according to estimates from a 2018 Deloitte report.


In addition to recognising business leaders who are inspiring change, Climate Finance Week Ireland, now in its second year, provides a key platform for new ideas and thinking on policy, the climate crisis – mitigation and alleviation costs, sustainable finance as well as the Environmental, Social and Governance (ESG) agenda.


Last year’s inaugural Climate Week (now Climate Finance Week) included the visit to Ireland of the iconic Fearless Girl statue and the Climate Innovation Summit, hosted by EIT EU Climate-KIC and supported by Sustainable Nation Ireland, an  initiative that promotes Ireland as a world-leading hub for sustainable finance. The summit was attended over 600 of Europe’s decision makers and climate finance innovators. In his first act as Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment, Richard Bruton TD was among the keynote speakers.


Today’s (May 16) announcement of AIB’s sponsorship of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019, was made at a major conference in Dublin to mark Sustainable Finance Day 2019. The conference was jointly convened by Sustainable Nation Ireland and by the Department of Finance. An output of the Government of Ireland’s recently launched ‘Ireland for Finance’ strategy, today’s event included senior climate finance leaders from the World Bank, the European Investment Bank, the Asian Development Bank, SEB, S&P, Blackrock and BNP Paribas.



Commenting, Minister for Finance & Public Expenditure and Reform, Paschal Donohoe, T.D, said:  ‘Climate change is one of the biggest challenges of our generation. Meeting this challenge head on requires multiple partners across Government, industry,and further afield to work together to meet these challenges and transition Ireland to a low carbon economy’.


“Ireland itself has a key role to play in this and with Government backing, sustainable finance is now a key priority of my department, underpinned by the recent launch of the Ireland for Finance strategy which includes the hosting of Ireland’s second Climate Finance Week. AIB’s important and timely sponsorship of Climate Finance Week is to be welcomed and I look forward to the collaborative approach that Climate Finance Week presents bearing fruit across period to come.”


Speaking about the announcement, Colin Hunt, Chief Executive Officer of AIB, said:  ‘We have an important role to play in ensuring AIB is a responsible corporate citizen, which involves making sure the work we do impacts everyone’s day to day lives for the better. At AIB, we know one area where we can do this is through supporting Ireland’s programme to address climate change, helping to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy. To do this we need to integrate climate change impact considerations across all our decision making, which is why we’re delighted to announce our sponsorship of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019, marking another step in this process.’



Stephen Nolan, chairman Climate Week Ireland, said:  ‘I am thrilled to welcome AIB as principal sponsor of Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019. Climate change is the defining issue of our time and the scale of the challenges is considerable. Mobilising the capital markets in support of this agenda from both a risk management and opportunity perspective is of critical importance if we are to successfully meet this challenge head on. We look forward to continuing these conversations during Climate Finance Week Ireland 2019, sponsored by AIB’.


Since the start of 2018, Ireland has also achieved the following goals:


  • The National Treasury Management Agency issued its first-ever green bond worth €3 billion
  • Ireland voted to become the first nation in the world to fully divest public money of fossil fuels
  • Dublin was named the European headquarters of UN Environment Financial Centres for Sustainability (FC4S)