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Banking on Sustainability

Date         Thursday 24 October 2019
Time         9:00am - 1:00pm
Location   BPFI Conference Suite, Floor 3, One Molesworth Street, Dublin 2

Event Overview

BPFI is delighted to announce its first full conference dedicated to implications of climate change for banking in Ireland.

The BPFI Banking on Sustainability half day Conference , in association with Deloitte, will take place on Thursday 24th October from 9.00am – 1.00pm in the BPFI Conference Centre.

The Conference will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to consider the implications of climate change for the financial services sector in Ireland. This BPFI event will provide insights into changes to the financial services framework to support the transition to a low-carbon, more resource-efficient and sustainable economy, the integration of climate-related risk into banks’ risk management and strategy, and banks’ experience to date

Climate change requires a global perspective and local action: How will the European Union’s ambition to deliver on the commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement and the UN Sustainable Development Goals impact on financial services providers? What is current thinking on the incorporation of effective climate risk management in banking? Ireland now has its Climate Action Plan – what are the opportunities and challenges inherent in in de-carbonising the economy?

The half-day seminar will feature expert presentation and discussion on sustainable finance, ensuring the climate resilience of assets, impending supervisory response, finance for energy efficiency products and best practice in banking.

Pat Cox, Chair of Green Finance Ireland Committee and former President of the European Parliament, will be one of our key note speakers, along with Oliver Wyman on Climate Risk; European Banking Authority on the forthcoming EU Legislation on Sustainable Finance; BNP Paribas on the integration of sustainability into a bank and sponsor Deloitte on de-carbonising the Irish economy, among other panellists.


For individual bookings, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button below. For organisations who wish to send several members of their team, we are pleased to offer further discounts for group bookings (applicable where all attendees are employed by the same organisation and are registered under one booking):

4 for the price of 3

7 for the price of 5

Speakers and Topics

Opening Remarks

  • Brian Hayes, Chief Executive, BPFI

Opening Address

  • Pat Cox, Chair Green Finance Ireland Committee & former President of European Parliament

Treating Climate Risk as Financial Risk

  • John Colas, Partner and Vice Chairman, Financial Services America, Oliver Wyman

European Banking Authority and ESG considerations

  • Adrienne Coleton, Senior Bank Expert – Sustainable Finance, EBA

Panel Discussion with below Speakers

  • Panel Moderator: Louise O’Mahony, BPFI
  • John Colas, Partner and Vice Chairman, Financial Services America, Oliver Wyman
  • Adrienne Coleton, Senior Bank Expert – Sustainable Finance, EBA
  • Philip Brennan, Policy Manager, Policy & Risk, Central Bank of Ireland

De-Carbonising the Economy

  • Michael Flynn, Partner | Head of Energy, Resources & Industrials, Deloitte

Panel Discussion: De-Carbonising the Economy

  • Panel Moderator: Louise O’Mahony, BPFI
  • Lisa Ryan, Lecturer/Assistant Professor in Energy Economics. School of Economics, UCD
  • Stephen Nolan, CEO, Sustainable Nation Ireland
  • Michael Flynn, Partner | Head of Energy, Resources & Industrials, Deloitte
  • Timmy Dooley, T.D., Fianna Fáil Spokesperson on Communications, The Environment & Natural Resources

Banking on Sustainability

  • Wilfried Remans, Director, CSR & Public Affairs, BNP Paribas Fortis

Banks Perspective Panel

  • Panel Moderator: Sean Smith, Partner Risk Advisory, Deloitte
  • Wilfried Remans, BNP Paribas Fortis
  • Bobbie Bergin, Head of Corporate Communications, AIB
  • Conor McCarthy, Head of Proposition, Bank of Ireland
  • Laura Heuston, Co-Founder, SustainabilityWorks

Further Information

For more details on this event contact Lisa Shevlin, Head of Conference and Events at

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