The Irish Road to COP26 programme is aligned to the goals of the 2021 United Nations Climate Change Conference, also known as COP26 which takes place in Glasgow in November and it will accelerate our transition to net-zero by –
- Demonstrating thought leadership, hosting high profile events including Climate Finance Week 2021 which is now in its fourth year – 2020 event saw over 5,000 attendees across 20 events.
- Enhancing the skills of our educated and dynamic workforce – in 2020 we saw 1,400 professionals upskilled in Sustainable Finance and we look to increase this figure to a total of 3,000 by the end of 2021.
- Increasing Irish support of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) through an Irish TCFD support campaign. The implementation of the recommendations represents best practice for companies and opens up access to more sustainable pools of growth capital while addressing the needs of investors for greater transparency.
- Publication of the first Irish Sustainable Finance Roadmap.
The COP26 Private Finance Hub Strategy has four key themes: Reporting, Risk Management, Returns & Mobilisation. The TCFD recommendations are strongly weaved throughout this strategy and feature in many of the calls to action for governments, the financial sector, standard setters, and companies.