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Celtic City Leaders to Gather and Discuss Addressing Climate Crisis

This Thursday 21 May, experts and leaders from the public and private sectors of Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow will join an online webinar and discussion panel, exploring how to address the climate emergency collaboratively, amidst the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Hosted by Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange, in partnership with Jacobs and the Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, this webinar and discussion panel is the launch of a series of events planned to explore how the four cities can share experiences on the challenges around addressing the climate crisis, while continuing to grow and prosper, with the ultimate goal of developing action plans and shared solutions. 

Explaining more, Causeway Host and Director of Operations at Jacobs, Stuart Turnbull said:

“Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland have aspirations and plans to continue to grow their respective economies, within the ever changing climate and Covid-19 crisis. These challenges are particularly pronounced in our four largest cities of Belfast, Dublin, Edinburgh and Glasgow.

“The climate crisis has never had such a profile and immediacy than at this time, and the public sector has 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 capturing some of the behavioural and sustainability benefits that have emerged due to the current restrictions on travel and business.

“At Causeway, we believe that there is a real opportunity for experts and leaders from across our four largest cities in Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland 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. The action plan developed during these workshops will be driven by the respective cities.”

Head of the Scottish Government Office in Ireland, John Webster also commented:

“This series of Causeway events is a great initiative. How our cities evolve and adapt will be a hugely important aspect of effectively addressing the climate emergency and collective recovery from the Covid-19 crisis. I am really looking forward to participating in this event and providing the Scottish Government perspective.”

Jane McCulloch, Consul General of Ireland in Scotland added: 

“I’m delighted to join this latest Causeway event of such timely relevance to our countries, our cities and our economies. We have learned over the last couple of months to behave and think in new ways, and harnessing this adaptation in a collaborative way to address shared challenges is to all of our benefit.”

Established in 2016, Causeway: Ireland Scotland Business Exchange is a business networking organisation that strives to build connections and facilitate networking opportunities between professionals across Scotland, Ireland and Northern Ireland. Supported by both the Irish and Scottish Governments, Causeway represents a diversity of sectors and provides a space for businesses to collaborate on ideas and prospects, with an ultimate aim of boosting trading relationships and shared opportunities on both sides of the Irish Sea.

This webinar is free to join, but registration essential. REGISTER HERE >

For further information contact Events and Membership Engagement Manager Aoife O’Sullivan on or at 078 7055 6486.

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