How Being Green Can Help Your Business

Online via Zoom
4pm - 5.15pm
Enterprise Week

A focused panel discussion on aspects of what suppliers (small businesses) need to know & need to be doing with regards to green credentials.

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How Being Green Can Help Your Business

In collaboration with Dublin City Local Enterprise Office, we are hosting a panel discussion for Local Enterprise Week focusing on aspects of what suppliers (small businesses) need to know & need to be doing with regards to green credentials.

Find out about the opportunities sustainability and being green can offer your business.

This event will cover topics that include

  • How developments in green procurement may provide business opportunities
  • Running a business based on sustainability
  • Using green credentials to win business
  • Changes that may help make your business greener

This event will be moderated by Brain O'Kennedy, ClearStream Solutions.

Running Order

4.00pmWelcome addressMary Mac Sweeney, Dublin City LEO
4.05pmContext setting & introduction to speakersBrian O'Kennedy, ClearStream Solutions
4.15pmSpeaker #1Megan Best, Native Events
4.25pmSpeaker #2Ross McCarthy, Keystone Procurement
4.35pmSpeaker #3Pat Kane, Reuzi
4.45pmSpeaker #4John O'Toole, Airfield Estate Dundrum
4.55pmPanel discussionModerated by Brian O'Kennedy

Speaker Bios

  • Brian O’Kennedy is CEO of Clearstream Solutions, a leading independent carbon management and corporate sustainability consultancy which he founded in 2009.  Clearstream assists its clients to implement sustainable solutions in their businesses, products and supply chains. Brian has over 20 years’ leadership experience in global supply chain management and procurement, particularly in the areas of IT, Media, Print and Packaging.  Brian has served as Chair of the CDP Ireland Network, the global carbon reporting program, and is also a member of Steering Committee of the global Responsible Sourcing standard, Verego SRS.  He has a degree in Economics from Trinity College, a Certificate in Sustainable Management from BSI Group and is currently studying the Circular Economy at TU Delft.

  • John O’ Toole is the Director of Operations and Sustainability at Airfield Estate since 2006. A Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Certified Accountants, having trained with BDO spent a number of years in the retail industry. John led the project team from design to delivery of the evolution of Airfield as an urban visitor experience and working agricultural site with a mission ‘inspire and enable people to make better food choices’. His current focus is the financial and environmental sustainability of the 38 acre farm, gardens, food & beverage, education and heritage operations of the social enterprise.

  • Pat Kane is a sustainability strategy, a writer and a speaker. She is also the founder of reuzi (, Ireland's leading one-stop shop for eco-friendly lifestyle offering a wide range of products as well as services such as talks, workshops and carbon reduction plans. Pat is a columnist for Mums & Tots magazine and for virtual magazine ‘The HeyDay’ by Ellie Balfe and she also contributes to several websites and radio programs on a regular basis. Before starting her entrepreneurial journey she held various executive positions in the corporate world. She was a senior executive at Digicel in the Caribbean and Central America as well as Director of Customer Experience at Paddy Power Betfair plc. Pat never preaches about sustainability; she wants to educate people about swapping 'dirty disposables' for eco-friendly, durable, reusable products. She wants people to address our over-consumption of single-use items. Pat says, "I want to get to know people in the local community and to find out more about their own ways to create a positive impact and share our knowledge to become more eco-friendly together."

  • Megan Best devotes much of her time advocating for agency through creativity. Convinced that the cultural sector, and events in particular, can be at the forefront of transformative change, she spent more than a decade pioneering initiatives at the helm of the Body&Soul Festival, arguably the sustainability forerunner in Ireland’s festival scene. Her current role is as Managing Director to Native Events, the driving force for sustainable event consultancy, production and equipment hire in Ireland. Trained in circular economy principles, with an MSc in environmental sustainability and a postgrad in climate entrepreneurship, Megan is a passionate and driven leader who works with a wide range of collaborators and creatives in the realms of circularity, production and sustainability solutions.

This event is free as part of Local Enterprise Week 2022.