Ireland's major environment conference
15–16 October 2020 ∙ Online Conference
The must-attend conference
on Ireland’s environment.
Environment Ireland® is Ireland’s major environmental policy and management conference, now in its 16th year. The 2020 conference has expanded to a two-day event and is going virtual for the first time, keeping attendees safe whilst providing the opportunity to discuss all the important issues in Ireland’s environment.
Ensure you don’t miss the latest developments in environmental policy and updates from across the sector and put your questions to expert speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. This is an important opportunity to bring all those involved in shaping the future of Ireland’s environment together for two days of discussion and insight.
Hear local industry leaders and visiting experts
Connect with policy-makers and practitioners
Important high-level plenary and focused sessions
The must-attend event for anyone in the sector
Interactive Q&A session with expert speakers
Towards 2030: What now for Ireland’s environment?
Under the context of the Covid-19 pandemic which has presented a huge challenge to society as we know it across the world, it is important that climate and environmental priorities must remain high on the agenda moving forward in the ‘new normal’. Recent projections show that global temperatures may exceed 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels over the next four years. Despite the efforts of the Paris Agreement 2015 to avoid this, it is clear that further urgent action must be taken to prevent it.
The new Coalition Government of 2020 has the ambition of achieving new zero emissions by 2050 in its Programme for Government (PfG). The target will be set in law by the Climate Action Bill, along with a newly established Climate Action Council. The new Bill will define how five-year carbon budgets will be set. The PfG will also seek to increase the carbon tax to €100 per tonne by 2030 and seeks to make a step change in Ireland’s climate action ambitions.
At a European level, the European Green Deal strives to make the EU the first climate-neutral continent and Ireland must play its part. Irish emissions are predicted to decrease by 9.5% this year, however we are still not on track to meet our 2030 targets. A dedicated ‘Climate Ireland’ session will open day two of the event with a range of speakers considering the impact of climate, including extreme weather events, and the future outlook.
There are many important issues for this year’s Environment Ireland programme to cover including biodiversity loss which continues to be an emergency with species and habitats threatened. We welcome an overview of the EU Biodiversity Strategy from the EU Commission in this session.
Water quality in rivers and lakes across Ireland are also deteriorating, with the number of pristine waters falling to the lowest recorded.
A Waste Action Plan for a Circular Economy which aims to put Ireland at “the vanguard of EU efforts” on climate targets has been launched by the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.
The environment sector continues to be in a state of emergency – this conference will consider the way forward by addressing the key issues.
Discussion topics include
- Priorities for Ireland’s environment policy
- EU Biodiversity Strategy
- Clean and inclusive growth and a Green New Deal
- Tackling climate change
- Water quality
- Resource management and the circular economy
- The relationship between environment and health
- Climate: Extreme weather events
- Air quality
- Planning and the environment
- … and more!
The 2020 Environment Ireland conference begins in…
Insight and presentations
from expert speakers
Eamon Ryan TD
MINISTER FOR THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND COMMUNICATIONS
Professor Jim Skea
CO-CHAIR, WORKING GROUP III, INTERGOVERNMENTAL PANEL ON CLIMATE CHANGE
Edwin Poots, MLA
MINISTER OF AGRICULTURE< ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, NORTHERN IRELAND
ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL OF CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND COMMUNICATIONS
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, ZERO WASTE SCOTLAND
DIRECTOR, EUROPEAN REMANUFACTURING COUNCIL
HEAD OF FORECASTING, MET ÉIREANN
LEAD, HEALTH AND SUSTAINABLE RESOURCE USE, EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
CONSULTANT, ANTARIS CONSULTING
PROFESSOR, BOTANY, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
PARTNER, ARTHUR COX
Professor Chris Elliott
PROFESSOR OF FOOD SAFETY, QUEEN’S UNIVERSITY BELFAST
CHAIR, CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISORY COUNCIL IRELAND
Professor Conor Murphy
DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, MAYNOOTH UNIVERSITY
Abigail O'Callaghan Platt
PROJECT LEAD, VOICE IRELAND
PROJECT OFFICER, INISHOWEN RIVERS TRUST
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, CIRCULAR ECONOMY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND WASTE POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND COMMUNICATIONS
ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF BIOLOGY AND ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH IRELAND
CAMPAIGN OFFICER, IRISH WILDLIFE TRUST
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, PLANNING AID SCOTLAND
DIRECTOR OF SERVICES, LOCAL AUTHORITY WATERS PROGRAMME
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OFFICER, HEALTH AND WELLBEING UNIT, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
Gilbert F. Houngbo
CHAIR, UN-WATER and PRESIDENT, IFAD
Professor Mark Scott
PROFESSOR OF PLANNING AND DEAN OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING MANAGER, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, PLANNING AND LOCAL GOVERNMENT
CHAIR, NATIONAL LOCAL AUTHORITY CLIMATE ACTION STEERING GROUP
HEAD, WATER GOVERNANCE AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY — CITIES, URBAN POLICIES AND SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT DIVISION, OECD
DEPUTY CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND DIRECTOR OF SERVICES FOR PLANNING AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT, WATERFORD CITY & COUNTY COUNCIL
DEPUTY HEAD OF THE NATURE UNIT, DG ENVIRONMENT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
Chair and speakers on screen during the session
Speakers will be able to use powerpoint slides
A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
A chat facility for delegates to make comments, moderated by Environment Ireland
A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
Delegates will get a ‘conference experience’ that goes beyond the normal video conferencing meeting formats.
Images from last year's event
Register your place at the conference
Voluntary/community rate €150
+ VAT @ 21% = €181.50
Please book this rate by email or phone quoting voluntary rate.