Climate Change Adaptation Workshop

BITCI News - Events - Aug 20, 2012

Irish Corporate Leaders on Climate Change

12 Sept – 2pm – Siemens Ireland, Lesson Close, Dublin

Given current levels of greenhouse gases in the atmosphere and the delay of several decades before their impact takes hold, more changes in the climate system are now inevitable. Just how Ireland responds to this ‘locked-in’ warming will depend on making significant policy developments to facilitate constructive adaptation to these changes.

In its recent submission to Government the Irish Corporate Leaders on Climate Change identified the need for a greater emphasis on the role of companies in adapting to climate change. Effective decision-making to adapt to this challenge will require a clear understanding of the expected impacts and the ability of all systems to respond.

In preparation for the imminent publication of the government’s National Adaptation Strategy.  BITCI and the Irish Corporate Leaders Secretariat are running an Adaptation Workshop for member companies of the Corporate Leaders group to raise the importance of climate change adaptation at boardroom level.

The event, hosted by Siemens, will feature two of Ireland leading climate change adaptation speakers, followed by a workshop to explore climate change adaptation within the context of member companies.

Prof John Sweeney – NUI Maynooth: 

John was a contributing author and review editor for the 4th Assessment Report of  the UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) for which the organisation shared the 2007 Nobel Prize. At Maynooth John leads a number of research projects focusing on various aspects of climate change in Ireland, including adaptation, climate modelling, and impact assessment.

In terms of adaptation, the work led by John addresses coping with water shortages, the need to make cities more sustainable, as well as the governance structures required (nationally and locally) to undertake adaptation measures. In each respective area the work helps to point to best practice, aiding Government and stakeholders to address the challenges presented. The work at Maynooth on adaptation has been funded by the Environmental Protection Agency (Climate Change Research Programme, Co-ordination, Communication and Adaptation for Climate Change in Ireland: an Integrated Approach) and Science Foundation Ireland.

Dr Barry O’Dwyer BA, PhD. Coastal and Marine Research Centre UCC:

Barry works on an EPA-funded project to develop a Climate Information Platform for Ireland called Climate Ireland.  Climate Ireland will provide a one stop shop for climate information in Ireland and will allow for access to geospatial information and knowledge, from multiple sources, for the development of climate change adaptation policies and plans.

Barry will present the corporate leaders working group with an update on the Climate Ireland platform and explain how it will provide users with the necessary resources and information to build capacity and aid decision support associated with actions necessary to meet the challenges of climate change in Ireland.

 

This event is for members of the Irish Corporate Leaders on Climate Change only.