December 6, 2018 @ 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Chartered Accountants House
Chartered Accountants House
47-49 Pearse St, Dublin 2, D02 YN40
Michael Hurl

There is a commonly held perception in the financial sector that sustainability has nothing to do with finance. This perception could not be more wrong. In fact, the financial sector is one of the key actors that can make a difference to achieving our sustainable development goals. This is because, as we all know, nothing will happen without money… and the investment required for our global sustainable infrastructure and innovation needs are huge.

Sustainable finance is a key focus of EU policy and the EU is proposing legislative and regulatory changes that will be of relevance for compliance officers across the financial services sector. This seminar will be an opportunity to get an overview of those proposals but also to get an understanding of the real-world challenges that have resulted in the need for those proposals.

Key Learnings:

  • An overview of global sustainable development challenges, and how the world has come together to address these challenges
  • An understanding of the role of finance in achieving those goals, i.e. the increasing focus on the concept of Sustainable Finance
  • An overview of EU Policy on Sustainable Finance, with a focus on upcoming regulatory and legislative changes
Title: Sustainable Finance – an overview of EU policy and upcoming legislative proposals
Date: Thursday, 6th December 2018
Speaker: Laura Heuston – CEO, Heuston Consulting
Venue: Chartered Accountants House, 47-49 Pearse Street, Dublin 2
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 (Registration from 12:00)
CPD: 1 Hour Indicative
Fee: €35 Members, €50 Non-Member



Laura Heuston – CEO, Heuston Consulting

Having trained in tax and accounting with Arthur Andersen, Laura subsequently became Head of Tax for Airtricity, advising on pioneering renewable energy financing transactions in Ireland and abroad and on its ultimate disposal for $1.8billion in 2008. Laura then returned to KPMG as Director of Tax until 2017 where her engagements included advising on renewable energy and energy efficiency transactions spanning 5 continents.

With over 20 years professional experience across practice and industry, Laura is passionate about advancing the green and sustainable finance agenda in Ireland. She does this because the financial sector has a key role to play in tackling our global sustainable development challenges, including our decarbonisation targets in Ireland, and because there are jobs opportunities for Ireland in this high-growth financial services sub-sector.

Recent projects include developing the strategic direction for Finance Green Ireland, Ireland’s national public private green finance initiative that launched in September 2017, and the Fiduciary Duty in the 21st Century – Ireland Roadmap launched in June 2018, which she co-authored with the UN-supported Principles of Responsible Investment. Laura is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and the Irish Institute of Tax.