8th February 2024

EU Commissioner Kadri Simson amongst stellar speaker line-up for Ennis Conference – ‘Powering The Future’



On 8-9 February, Ennis, Co. Clare, will welcome EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson, political leaders and key industry stakeholders from across Europe, to discuss climate change and the potential of renewable energies to accelerate the sustainable transition.

Powering the Future’ conference will be held at glór theatre, Ennis. Highlights will include EU Commissioner for Energy Kadri Simson in conversation with Senator Timmy Dooley, co-president Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE) Party.  The duo will discuss the role of renewable energy in achieving the European Union’s climate objectives and will address future challenges.

Senator Timmy Dooley is the driving force behind bringing this high level conference to Ennis and to County Clare.


The impressive speaker list includes; Charlie McConalogue, Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine, Lindsay McQuade, Director of Energy & Water, Amazon, Romina Pourmokhtari, Minister of Climate and Environment, Sweden, Jack Chambers, Minister of State, Department of Transport, Environment, Climate and Communications, Marius Skuodis, Minister of Transport and Communications, Lithuania, Mary Considine, CEO, Shannon Airport Group, Liana Gouta, Secretary General, FuelsEurope,  Sean Hegarty, Net Zero Transition Manager, ESB and Barry O’Sullivan, Chair, Shannon Estuary Economic Taskforce and Val Cummins, Director of Operations, Simply Blue.

Panel discussion moderators to include MEPS Billy Kelleher and José Ramón Bauzá.

Topics for Discussion

Topics for discussion include: Moneypoint Power Station’s transition to green energy; an overview of the Shannon Estuary Taskforce Report; a discussion around the challenges and opportunities for heavy industries and agriculture in achieving carbon neutrality, covering case studies and best practices.

There will be panel discussions on how to navigate the complex path towards a more sustainable transport sector, covering cutting-edge technologies, policy frameworks and the potential of alternative fuels.

Experts will explore the evolving landscape of renewable energy, nuclear power and hydrogen, and key players in this field.

A crucial discussion will examine aspects of financing the transition towards sustainable and renewable energy sources, focusing on strategic investments, public-private partnerships and innovative energy storage solutions.

‘Powering The Future’ promises to be an enlightening and thought-provoking conference. Ennis Chamber is delighted to play a part in supporting the forthcoming conference and we look forward to hearing the speaker contributions of our member businesses including Sean Hegarty for ESB Moneypoint, Dr Val Cummins for Simply Blue Group and Mary Considine for Shannon Airport Group.

Ennis Chamber congratulates Senator Timmy Dooley on delivering such a high-powered and topical conference to Ennis and County Clare.

To book your place at ‘Powering The Future’ conference click here:


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