Environmental Trading – Business Opportunities

This Ideagen Event, to be held on the 23rd November in University of Limerick is about carbon emissions and what is happening now they are capped, trading commenced and prices set.

The event’s objectives is two fold, first to inform, with short but informative keynote presentations from policy formers and key market players and secondly for participents to network and work at identifying some of the key new business opportunities and current “problems & challenge” to be solved that Energy Trading can offer indigenous Irish businesses.

These maybe around service and support opportunities within the financial services sector due to the emergence of a growing carbon credit market but can relate to issues around transport, construction, energy usage, new green energy activities, their measurement, tracking, recording, etc!

The European Union’s Emissions Trading Scheme is the world’s largest market for carbon and the most significant multinational initiative ever taken to mobilise markets to protect the environment.

This is the world’s first cap-and-trade programme for greenhouse gases, by far the largest environmental market in the world and will be the prototype for a global policy regime, based on emissions trading.

It will be an important influence on the development and implementation of trading schemes in the US, Japan and globally.


Prof. Frank Convery, UCD author of ‘Pricing Carbon – The European Union Emissions Trading Scheme’ will be presenting what he sees as the opportunities for Irish indigenous businesses.

Currently in Ireland a special Government task team – the ‘Green IFSC Steering Group’ has been set up to drive this sector and its potential spin off for indigenous industry. Stephen Nolan, Project Leader, Green IFSC will be presenting his view of these opportunities together with Paul Harris, Head of Natural Resource Risk Management, Bank of Ireland Global Markets. Paul will give a short presentation on his experience and the practical hands-on challenges and opportunities of trading emissions.
Paul has over twenty five years trading and structuring experience. He is currently responsible for the structuring and delivery of a range of hedging solutions and investment products for both fossil fuels and renewable energy.
He is a member of the Green IFSC Steering Group, and is Chairman of the Expert Carbon Group. He has a particular interest in forestry-based carbon products, carbon-backed securities and weather derivatives.

Event Format:

This Ideagen is for entrepreneurs and relevant researchers to get behind the headlines and get a better understanding of how new commercial business opportunities and support services and possible activities can be developed around this emerging sector.

The second part of this event is a proactive brain storming session where entrepreneurs will be matched with researchers who have expertise/ knowledge in this sector.

A set process will be applied to enable these teams to generate outline value propositions, to explore how to solve / exploit a range of these opportunities & challenges and results shared with all participating in the event.

Theme: Environmental Trading

Location: Kemmy Business School, University of Limerick

Date: 23rd November 2010

Time: 5.30pm to 9pm

For further details contact: Catherine Hogan at 061 777009

Carbon Trading is an evolving new financial and global market opportunity covering new products driven by new and negotiated Government agreements which will see trading rapidly developing around, emissions and carbon policy, credits and auditing.

All of these will generate new service opportunities around support, analytical software systems, forecasting, training and application programs.

Facilitator : Sean McNulty www.Innovator.ie

5.30 p.m. Registration and Welcome – Tea/Coffee Sandwiches

Event starting at 6.00pm sharp – intensive agenda


6.00 p.m. Lecture Room:

Welcome by Enterprise Ireland / University of Limerick

6.05 Outline of IDEAGEN process, agenda,

networking buddy activity and innovation question

6.45 Keynote Address

Prof. Frank Convery, Prof. of Environmental Sciences, UCD & Vice President of the European Association of environmental & resource economists

7.00 Market Trends and Opportunities –

Stephen Nolan, Director, National Green IFSC Project.

Paul Harris, Head of Natural Resource Risk Management, Bank of Ireland Global Markets

7.15 Idea Generation process explained- stage 1

7.35 Developing the Opportunity process explained – stage 2

Opportunity template applied

8.00 Networking with Tea & Coffee

8.15 Presentations of opportunities

8.40 Q & A session with speakers

9.55 What happens next, supports, networks & outputs

9.00pm Close of Session

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