Date / Fecha Location / Lugar
25th May 2021 Online
16:30 – 17:30 Dublin GMT (17:30 – 18:30 Madrid CET) Platform: Zoom

Join SIBN vice president Nuria Luguera and Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment, for a wide-ranging conversation about climate change adaptation and what it means for Ireland if net-zero targets are to be met by 2050.

A TD for the Dún Laoghaire constituency since the 2020 general election, Minister Smyth´s work has been primarily focused on transport, low carbon technology, and buildings as critical areas for change. He was elected to the role following five years as Green Party County Councillor in Dún Laoghaire. Minister Smyth prioritises measures to unlock the potential of cities to tackle challenges, such as creating sustainable communities, investing in young people, and halting our climate breakdown.

Public transport systems help lower carbon emissions as well as improve the movement of people in cities. Minister Smyth will talk us through initiatives to support walking, cycling, and public transport as means to create healthier and better-connected cities. The built environment accounts for as much as 40% of all global Greenhouse Gas Emissions, and there is an urgent need to act as we transition to a zero-carbon economy. Energy efficiency retrofits are an essential tool involving many benefits: reducing fuel bills, making buildings healthier, and providing new jobs.

The event will be opened by the Ambassador of Ireland to Spain, Síle Maguire. There will be an opportunity for Q&A for all attendees, managed by SIBN Secretary Brendan Rowan.

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