Climate change experts to address IoD Inaugural energy symposium

Leading climate change and energy experts from across the UK and Ireland are set to gather for the inaugural Institute of Directors Northern Ireland Energy Symposium later this month.

By Claire Cartmill
Thursday, 7th October 2021, 6:00 am

Just weeks ahead of the COP26 summit in Glasgow, the virtual event in association with SONI takes place on October 19.

The symposium will features specialist contributions from speakers including The Rt Hon Lord Deben, Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Grigg CBE, Chair of Infrastructure Bank UK, Economy Minister Gordon Lyons and Dr Tara Shine, Irish environmental scientist, policy adviser and science communicator.

IoD NI chairman Gordon Milligan said: “At the Institute of Directors, we are very aware of our responsibility to help business leaders to establish and operate responsible and sustainable business models that minimise any detrimental impact on the environment. Therefore, we are very pleased to facilitate this inaugural Energy Symposium event.

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Dr Tara Shine, Irish environmental scientist, policy adviser and science communicator

“With such an incredible line up of speakers, we expect to gain some extremely valuable insights, which will enable us to better understand how organisations in Northern Ireland can better meet environmental challenges and partake in the fight against climate change.”

Broadcaster and energy expert Jamie Delargy will host the event, in which will also include a panel discussion featuring Professor Jason A Lowe OBE, Met Office Sam McCloskey, Tetra Tech Europe, John French, Utility Regulator and Alan Campbell of SONI.

Alan Campbell, managing director at SONI added: “As the Electricity Transmission System Operator for Northern Ireland SONI is committed to decarbonising Northern Ireland’s power system for future generations. With this in mind, we are proud to partner with the IoD on its very first Energy Symposium.

“I am sure that the contributions from all of the experts taking part in this event will generate some valuable and necessary conversations as to how we secure Northern Ireland’s position as a global leader in clean energy and all that means for our economy, society and environment.”

The Rt Hon Lord Deben

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Chair of the Committee on Climate Change, Chris Grigg CBE