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Countdown to COP26: Growing our Celtic Cities in the Climate Emergency



A Collaborative Approach to addressing the Climate Emergency

Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange is pleased to be partnering with city chambers from across Ireland and Scotland for the next interactive networking event in its Growing our Celtic Cities in the Climate Emergency series on 21 October 2021.

Hosted by Causeway, in partnership with Cork Chamber, Dublin Chamber, Edinburgh Chamber of Commerce and Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, this online networking event will include guest talks from each city, as well as topical breakout networking sessions to allow attendees, from both sides of the Irish Sea, to have the opportunity to connect and chat, and share insights from their city on tackling the climate crisis.

Explaining more about this event, convenor of this event series, Stuart Turnbull of Causeway and Jacobs said:

“Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland have aspirations and plans to continue to grow their respective economies, within the ever-evolving climate and Covid-19 challenges. These challenges are particularly pronounced in our largest cities. 

“The climate emergency has never had such a profile and immediacy than at this time, and the public and private sectors have a key role to play in identifying development and investment opportunities in publicly owned infrastructure to provide the landscape for decarbonising our cities.

"We now also have the challenge of recovering from the Covid-19 pandemic in a way that regenerates the economy, whilst at the same time captures some of the behavioural and sustainability benefits that have emerged due to the current restrictions on travel and business.”

At Causeway, we believe, as we approach COP26, that there is a real opportunity for our largest cities in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland to collaborate to develop a joint action plan to tackle our biggest challenges. By working together each city can share experiences in areas that they are taking a lead on whilst also learning from each other.

This event will be hosted by Stuart Turnbull, Board member of Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange and Director of Operations at Jacobs, with the following guest speakers:

  • Cork - James Duggan of Arup will speak on smart buildings and urban development in Cork.
  • Dublin- Benjamin Bell of Tier Mobility will speak on sustainable transport in Dublin.
  • Edinburgh - Chris Adams, The City of Edinburgh Council will speak on 2030 Sustainability Strategy for the City. 
  • Glasgow - Roddy Yarr of the University of Strathclyde will speak on the Climate Neutral Innovation Project that will be launched at COP26.

All are welcome to join and participate in this interactive event.

Please note, this event will be recorded.

This event will take place via Zoom. Please register and we will email you Zoom details nearer the time.

Previous Events in the Growing our Cities in the Climate Emergency Series

Visit our Events Resources pages to view other events in this series:

To access resources and recordings of previous events in this series, please visit our Events Resources page.

  • May 2020 -  'Growing our Cities in the Climate Emergency' with Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow.
  • November 2020 - 'Growing our Cities in the Climate Emergency: Countdown to COP26' - with Jacobs and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation.


James Duggan, Arup


James Duggan is a Director in Arup with over 25 years’ experience in civil and structural engineering design, site supervision and multidisciplinary project delivery and management. He has a particular interest in developing and growing relationships with clients and manages large client portfolios both nationally and internationally. He is known for his focus on high quality deliverables and progressing digital transformation in the built environment in his role as Group Digital Leader.

Benjamin Bell, Tier Mobility


Benjamin Bell is Director of Public Policy, Northern Europe, TIER Mobility. Ben runs public policy across Northern Europe for climate-neutral TIER Mobility, the continent's largest micro-mobility operator, which serves 145 cities and recently unveiled Ireland's first e-scooter scheme at Dublin City University. Ben joined TIER after more than four years at Uber, where he was on the UK leadership team and launched JUMP e-bikes in London. Ben was also on the founding team at global food waste app OLIO, before which he spent a decade in fintech, technology consulting and as a political adviser in Westminster.

Dr Roddy Yarr, University of Strathclyde


Roddy Yarr is Executive Lead for Sustainability. Roddy is a sustainability expert who is responsible for the development and delivery of climate change and social responsibility initiatives that address the University’s response to net zero and sustainability issues across all of its operational assets in west central Scotland. Roddy leads the Sustainable Strathclyde team which is delivering the University’s Climate Change and Social Responsibility Plan and net zero targets. Roddy successfully led the delivery of the £20M District Heating project at the main campus and developed the design and funding programme that has enabled the delivery of the University’s first energy carbon neutral building in operation at the new National Manufacturing Institute Scotland. Roddy has also developed an innovative, bold and collaborative ‘Climate Neutral Districts’ vision deploying 100% renewable heat, power, active travel, adaptation and well being solutions across all University assets in the central belt of Scotland. The vision is a partnership approach to enable ‘scale and speed’ of climate action in Glasgow and region, with people at the centre. Roddy advises the Sustainable Glasgow Partnership Group and is on the board of Climate Ready Clyde and the Clyde Climate Forest Programme Group. He also leads the Clyde Mission ‘Net Zero’ Group that is seeking to decarbonise the Clyde Corridor. He is an external advisor the Scottish Parliament’s Sustainability Board.

Date & Time

Thu, 21 October 2021

15:30 - 17:15

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