Event Report: IJCC-IJA Business Seminar on Sustainability

On February 21st, the Ireland Japan Chamber of Commerce hosted a business seminar ‘Sustainability – A Driver for Business Growth’ alongside its partners, the Ireland Japan Association.

We were honoured to have illustrious speakers including H.E. Norio Maruyama, Ambassador of Japan to Ireland, David Swan, Chief Operations and Sustainability Officer for SMBC Aviation Capital, Caoimhe Giblin, Commercial Director for Mitsubishi subsidiary, Electroroute, Ruairi Williamson, Managing Director Hitachi Energy and Jeff Ahern, CEO of EVHACS.

Ireland is at the centre of the world’s aircraft leasing business and we heard how SMBC are driving sustainability by partnering with leading universities and other players. Electroroute is already connecting sustainable energy users with sustainable energy generators, whilst Hitachi is providing enabling infrastructure, including electric bus charging infrastructure in Dublin. EVHACS has invented the world's first heat pump/air conditioner and EV charger all-in-one, tapping into the needs of the 200 million EVs on roads around the world by 2030. Sustainability is truly a driver for business growth.

In addition to our speakers, we were delighted to have tremendous support from diverse organisations including  Mitsui, Sumco, Sumitrust, Viotas, Takeda, NTT Data Services, Clover Aviation Capital, the University of Limerick, Yamamori, PWC, Deloitte, JETRO, Dillon Eustace, Mazars, CPL as well as representatives from our Government partners the IDA Ireland, Enterprise Ireland and the Department of Foreign Affairs. Past IJCC Directors in attendance also included Gerard Mulligan and Breifne Ryan, CFA.

A very special thanks to Mary Honohan, IJCC Corporate member, for graciously hosting us in the beautiful PwC Ireland headquarters and to Dominic Keogh, IJCC Director for all his tireless work in leading this event.

This exclusive event for members was the second in a series, so please reach out and let us know if you’d like to be invited to future events.