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Accounting for Net Zero

October 1, 2021 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm IST

Net Zero London

When it comes to net zero, there is often confusion surrounding the key role that accountants have to play in progressing sustainability schemes and how they are intrinsic in implementing change. Whilst carbon neutrality is becoming the most attractive business option, there are not enough offsetting projects to offset the GHGs (Green House Gas emissions) that we generate. With the finance professionals holding the purse strings, it is becoming increasingly clear that they are best placed to influence ESG agendas, drive sustainability and find avenues to reduce emissions. It is time for you to step up, push the boundaries and do things differently.

In this practical and interactive session, we sit down with 4 business leaders and finance professionals, who are driving climate action in their organisation. You will learn from those who have already carved the path that you want to take, understand the do’s and don’ts, and come away with practical insight, giving you the tools to help your business’ net zero agenda.

The conversation will focus on how leaders in business and finance are positioned to initiate conversations about Net Zero within the companies they operate and oversee the implementation of climate related disclosures to maximise positive impact.


Graeme Gibson, Finance Director, Edinburgh Airport

Amir Dossal, Founder and President, Global Partnerships Forum


Amir Dossal is Founder and President of the Global Partnerships Forum – a not-for-profit knowledge platform providing changemakers with tools to build innovative partnerships for the SDGs.

He is co-founder of the Pearl Initiative, the Ocean Sanctuary Alliance, Blockchain Commission for Sustainable Development, and the Coalition for Better Health. He is a founding Commissioner of the Broadband Commission for Sustainable Development, and Champion for the UN’s Safe Ground Campaign.

Amir is a 25-year veteran of the United Nations. He served as Executive Director of the UN Office for Partnerships, which he established to manage the $1 billion gift by media mogul Ted Turner. Over the years, he founded several new initiatives, including the first-ever partnerships function, UN Democracy Fund, UN Peacebuilding Support Office, and the Management Policy Office.

Amir is an accomplished diplomat and works globally across the economic and social spectrum.

Amir is a recipient of several awards, including the UNA-NY 2010 Humanitarian Award, the ICAEW Outstanding Achievement Award, and the Ellis Island International Medal of Honor. In 2015, Amir and his son, Zecki received the Humanitarian Innovation Award for intergenerational partnerships.

Amir is a UK Chartered Accountant (FCA). He is married to Tas, and they have one son, Zecki.

Graeme Gibson

Graeme Gibson CA is the Finance Director for Edinburgh Airport. Graeme has responsibility for the airport’s financial reporting, budgeting & forecasting, debt financing, tax, capital investment and procurement. Graeme trained in Edinburgh as a chartered accountant with Deloitte LLP and was previously Head of Treasury at Manchester Airports Group. Graeme is also a trustee for National Museums of Scotland, Scouts Scotland and The Welcoming.

Edinburgh Airport is Scotland’s principal airport and was the 6th busiest in the UK in 2019, serving 14.7 million passengers. The airport is worth more than £1 billion annually to the Scottish economy and supports the employment of ~7,000 people across the campus. Edinburgh Airport was acquired by Global Infrastructure Partners in 2012.

Edinburgh Airport launched it’s ‘Greater Good’ Sustainability Strategy in June 2021 with a meaningful Net Zero commitment. This is the most significant step the airport has ever taken in this area and will cement the airport’s position as a sector leader.

Stephen Prendiville
Stephen leads EY Ireland’s Sustainability business. Driving forward both EY Ireland’s own carbon negative and net zero strategy internally, while also ensuring our clients gain the maximum value from EY professionals experienced in sustainability and related services. Originally from Limerick, Stephen move to Canada in 2011 where he worked with large cities (including Toronto, Calgary, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal and Ottawa) to deliver sustainable mobility solutions as well as climate resilience advisory services. Passionate about the provision of higher order electrified public transport and compact urban design, and its role in tackling poverty and homelessness, Stephen has dedicated his professional career to network system thinking – considering the implications of multiple trends and disruptions for planning and strategy development for clients. Notably, Stephen has also undertaken significant infrastructure development and related policy development initiatives for the advance of the circular economy.

Stephen returned to Ireland in the Summer of 2020 to lead EY Ireland’s ambitious climate action agenda and the growth of its sustainability services for our clients.


October 1, 2021
4:00 pm - 5:00 pm IST
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