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ByrneWallace LLP sponsors pre-COP26 global climate summit “Dublin Climate Dialogues”

Friday, 07 May 2021

ByrneWallace LLP are proud to announce their sponsorship of the inaugural Dublin Climate Dialogues, a pre-COP26 global climate summit, which takes place on 19 and 20 May.

This virtual event will bring together senior government representatives from the US, China, Europe, UK and the UN along with high-profile business representatives and leading economists, to forge a declaration on how to turn net-zero pledges into concrete energy policies and actions to be adopted at COP26 including ways to strengthen the 2015 Paris Agreement. The Declaration will be handed to the COP Presidency at the conclusion of the conference.

The event also aims to set out how global energy systems should be recast to facilitate #netzero and on the technology underpinning the drive to sustainability.

It seeks to draw attention to a lack of ambition among the world’s largest polluters to enact meaningful and binding commitments to halve emissions by 50 per cent by 2030 and to hit net-zero emissions by mid-century. It will also explore what those commitments might look like, including the creation of a carbon club of Nations, carbon border taxation, and the effective mobilisation of the very large amounts of capital needed to accelerate the transition to clean energy.

Chaired by Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament, speakers will include Dr Fatih Birol Executive Director of the International Energy Agency; Damilola Ogunbiyi, CEO and Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General for Sustainable Energy for All; Lord Deben, Chairman of the UK Committee on Climate Change; Philip Lane, Member of the European Central Bank's Executive Board and Former Governor of the Central Bank of Ireland; Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe; Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications, Eamonn Ryan; Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence, Simon Coveney and former President of Ireland, Adjunct Professor for Climate Justice in Trinity College Dublin and Chair of the Elder, Mary Robinson. 

Commenting on this event, Head of ByrneWallace LLP Energy and Natural Resources, Gavin Blake said, “Quoting US President Biden’s climate envoy, John Kerry, this is the world’s “last best chance” to stop climate catastrophe.  This conference presents the opportunity to agree a set of recommendations to be presented at the all-important 26th UN Climate Change Conference in Glasgow in November.  Every company and every individual needs to play their part in this battle against climate change which as well as being a challenge, also brings a huge opportunity for businesses and investors who are ahead of the curve.”

Neil Keenan, Head of ByrneWallace LLP Corporate added, “ByrneWallace LLP is very proud to have this opportunity to support this pivotal summit, and in doing so, demonstrate the firm’s ongoing commitment to promoting projects aimed at protecting our environment and combating issues related to climate change.  

“As a firm with deep expertise advising companies in the renewables sector, we are committed to leading the way in the Irish legal services industry, be it through supporting most worthy initiatives like this summit, or implementing environmentally-friendly measures in our day-to-day operations. This process is underway and will be an increasing focus of our firm in the weeks, months and years ahead.”

ByrneWallace LLP is recognised as one of the leading legal advisors to the Irish renewables sector. The firm has developed specialist expertise in the areas of renewable energy, green finance and sustainability and, over the years, has advised on some of the most cutting edge projects in the energy and natural resources sector including acting for Mainstream Renewable Power in its recent landmark transaction with Aker Horizons.

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For more information on Dublin Climate Dialogues or to register to attend this free event, visit