Ireland's major environment conference
18–19 January 2022 ∙ Croke Park, Dublin(new date)


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The must-attend conference
on Ireland’s environment.

Please note:
This conference has been rescheduled to 18–19 January 2022.

Environment Ireland® is Ireland’s major environmental policy and management conference. Now in its 17th year, this two-day event features a range of focused sessions highlighting the pressing issues facing the environment in Ireland and further afield.

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.


Ireland in 2050: Becoming an environmental leader

Ireland has traditionally been viewed as a laggard on environmental issues, particularly in the area of climate. A step change is required for the country to become a global leader. It is encouraging to see policies and public awareness beginning to work towards this ambition, but huge challenges remain. The Covid-19 pandemic has demonstrated that society-wide change can be achieved quickly. It is important that the conservation of our environment remains a priority moving forward.

There are many important topics for this year’s Environment Ireland® programme to discuss, not least tackling the biodiversity and climate emergencies.

The Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Bill 2021 has set the goal for Ireland’s transition to Net Zero and achieve a climate neutral economy by no later than 2050. It represents a watershed moment for Ireland’s future climate and sets legally binding targets that must be met.

This ties in with ambitions at European level, with the European Green Deal aiming to make the EU the first climate-neutral continent by 2050. A dedicated Climate session will open day two of the conference with a range of speakers considering the impact of climate ahead of COP26 and the future outlook.

Biodiversity, public health and water also remain high on the agenda. New legislation has been brought forward to implement a circular economy and is another important development.

Environment Ireland® is the major event for the Irish environment sector. Bringing together Ireland’s environmental stakeholders in one place, the conference provides a wide range of expert speakers examining the overall state of our environment.

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Hear local industry leaders and visiting experts

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Connect with policy-makers and practitioners

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Exhibition area

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Important high-level plenary and focused sessions

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250+ delegates

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The must-attend event for anyone in the sector

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Networking opportunities

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Important overview of Ireland‘s environment

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Interactive Q&A session with expert speakers

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Complimentary copy of the Environment Ireland Yearbook 2021

PROGRAMME

Conference programme


DAY ONE

18 JANUARY

Environmental policy

09:00 – 10:45 AM

Chair: Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow, University College Dublin


MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
Ireland’s environment: Policy priorities and future outlook

Ossian Smyth, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for communications and the circular economy


The European environment post Covid-19

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission


One Planet Prosperity: Scotland’s Regulatory Strategy

Terry A'Hearn, CEO, Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Priorities for the Northern Ireland environment

Anthony Harbinson, Permanent Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


Key challenges and opportunities for the Irish environment

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency


Questions and answers / panel discussion

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Morning coffee • networking break • exhibition viewing

Ireland’s sustainable future

11:15 AM – 01:00 PM

Chair: Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow, University College Dublin


Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Neil Walker, Head of the Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment, Ibec


Sustainability, financial services and the regulatory agenda

Laura Wadding, Partner, Risk Advisory — Sustainability Leader, Deloitte


Digital Transformation Supporting a Sustainable Future

Dr Venkatesh Kannan, Technical Manager, Irish Centre for High-End Computing


Questions and answers / panel discussion

01:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch and exhibition viewing

Circular economy and resource management

02:00 – 03:15 PM

Chair: Claire Downey, Policy and Research Director, Rediscovery Centre


EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Maria Rincon, Team Leader for Circular Economy, Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, EU Commission


Ireland's circular economy transition

Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications


The Circular Economy — Embracing the Challenge

Séamus Clancy, Chief Executive, Repak


Circular economy: From theory to practice

Bruce Harper, Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting


Questions and answers / panel discussion

03:15 – 03:30 PM

Coffee break

Biodiversity

03:30 – 05:00 PM

Chair: Jane Stout, Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin


Biodiversity in Wales

Alice Teague, Head of Biodiversity, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Project Manager, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan


Creating new native woodlands

Linda Lawlor, Manager, Native Woodland Trust


Managing the coastal ecosystem in the context of a changing climate

Professor Iris Möller, Professor of Geography and Head of Department of Geography, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Environment and health

03:30 – 05:00 PM

Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, Irish Time


Environment and health: European overview

Francesca Racioppi, Head of the European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO


Cork: WHO designated Healthy City

Denise Cahill, Co-ordinator, Cork Healthy Cities


The link between air pollution and Covid-19

Professor John Wenger, Professor in Physical and Environmental Chemistry, UCC


The health impacts of environmental noise

Enda Murphy, Professor of Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin


Questions and answers / panel discussion

05:00 PM

Conference close

DAY TWO

19 JANUARY

Climate Ireland

09:00 – 10:30 AM

Chair: J Owen Lewis, Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate


Climate change policy in Ireland

Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary, Environment and Climate Action, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications


Climate action in Europe and beyond

Faustine Bas-Defossez, External Impact Director, IEEP — Institute for European Environmental Policy


The legal implications of climate

Danielle Conaghan, Partner and Head of the Environmental Planning Group, Arthur Cox


Questions and answers / panel discussion


Panel discussion

The implications of COP26 for climate in Ireland and future outlook

  • Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland
  • Bruce Harper, Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting

11:15 – 11:45 AM

Morning coffee • networking break • exhibition viewing

Planning and the environment

11:45 AM – 01:15 PM

 

Chair: Henk van der Kamp, Planning Consultant


Planning and the environment in Ireland

Paul Scott, Environmental Planning Manager, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


The benefits of planning for green buildings

Pat Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Green Building Council


Green and blue infrastructure in Belfast

Dermot O’Kane, Town Planner, Belfast City Council


Questions and answers / panel discussion

01:15 – 02:00 PM

Lunch break

Water

02:15 – 03:45 PM

Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, Irish Times


Water quality in Ireland

Mary Gurrie, Water Programme Manager, Environmental Protection Agency


Assessing the ecological impacts of abstractions and impoundments: lessons and challenges

Dr Eliot Taylor, Divisional Director, APEM Ireland


Rural water and the impact of climate change

Róisín Dowd Smith, Climate Change and Development Officer, National Federation of Group Water Schemes


Water quality monitoring and the impacts of pollution

Deborah Chapman, UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, Environmental Research Institute UCC


Questions and answers / panel discussion

03:30 PM

Conference close

DAY ONE

18 JANUARY

Environmental policy

09:00 – 10:45 AM

Chair: Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow, University College Dublin


MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
Ireland’s environment: Policy priorities and future outlook

Ossian Smyth, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for communications and the circular economy


The European environment post Covid-19

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Directorate-General for Environment, European Commission


One Planet Prosperity: Scotland’s Regulatory Strategy

Terry A'Hearn, CEO, Scottish Environment Protection Agency


Priorities for the Northern Ireland environment

Anthony Harbinson, Permanent Secretary, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


Key challenges and opportunities for the Irish environment

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency


Questions and answers / panel discussion

DAY TWO

19 JANUARY

Climate Ireland

09:00 – 10:30 AM

Chair: J Owen Lewis, Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate


Climate change policy in Ireland

Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary, Environment and Climate Action, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications


Climate action in Europe and beyond

Faustine Bas-Defossez, External Impact Director, IEEP — Institute for European Environmental Policy


The legal implications of climate

Danielle Conaghan, Partner and Head of the Environmental Planning Group, Arthur Cox


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Panel discussion

The implications of COP26 for climate in Ireland and future outlook

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Chair: J Owen Lewis, Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate


  • Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland
  • Bruce Harper, Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Morning coffee • networking break • exhibition viewing

11:15 – 11:45 AM

Morning coffee • networking break • exhibition viewing

Ireland’s sustainable future

11:15 AM – 01:00 PM

Chair: Cara Augustenborg, Environmental Policy Fellow, University College Dublin


Implementing the Sustainable Development Goals

Neil Walker, Head of the Infrastructure, Energy and the Environment, Ibec


Sustainability, financial services and the regulatory agenda

Laura Wadding, Partner, Risk Advisory — Sustainability Leader, Deloitte


Digital Transformation Supporting a Sustainable Future

Dr Venkatesh Kannan, Technical Manager, Irish Centre for High-End Computing


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Planning and the environment

11:45 AM – 01:15 PM

 

Chair: Henk van der Kamp, Planning Consultant


Planning and the environment in Ireland

Paul Scott, Environmental Planning Manager, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage


The benefits of planning for green buildings

Pat Barry, Chief Executive Officer, Irish Green Building Council


Green and blue infrastructure in Belfast

Dermot O’Kane, Town Planner, Belfast City Council


Questions and answers / panel discussion

01:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch and exhibition viewing

01:15 – 02:00 PM

Lunch break

Circular economy and resource management

02:00 – 03:15 PM

Chair: Claire Downey, Policy and Research Director, Rediscovery Centre


EU Circular Economy Action Plan

Maria Rincon, Team Leader for Circular Economy, Sustainable Production, Products & Consumption, EU Commission


Ireland's circular economy transition

Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications


The Circular Economy — Embracing the Challenge

Séamus Clancy, Chief Executive, Repak


Circular economy: From theory to practice

Bruce Harper, Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Water

02:15 – 03:45 PM

Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, Irish Times


Water quality in Ireland

Mary Gurrie, Water Programme Manager, Environmental Protection Agency


Assessing the ecological impacts of abstractions and impoundments: lessons and challenges

Dr Eliot Taylor, Divisional Director, APEM Ireland


Rural water and the impact of climate change

Róisín Dowd Smith, Climate Change and Development Officer, National Federation of Group Water Schemes


Water quality monitoring and the impacts of pollution

Deborah Chapman, UNEP GEMS/Water Capacity Development Centre, Environmental Research Institute UCC


Questions and answers / panel discussion

03:15 – 03:30 PM

Coffee break

03:30 PM

Conference close

Biodiversity

03:30 – 05:00 PM

Chair: Jane Stout, Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin


Biodiversity in Wales

Alice Teague, Head of Biodiversity, Department for Environment and Rural Affairs, Welsh Government


All-Ireland Pollinator Plan

Dr Úna FitzPatrick, Project Manager, All-Ireland Pollinator Plan


Creating new native woodlands

Linda Lawlor, Manager, Native Woodland Trust


Managing the coastal ecosystem in the context of a changing climate

Professor Iris Möller, Professor of Geography and Head of Department of Geography, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Environment and health

03:30 – 05:00 PM

Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, Irish Time


Environment and health: European overview

Francesca Racioppi, Head of the European Centre for Environment and Health, WHO


Cork: WHO designated Healthy City

Denise Cahill, Co-ordinator, Cork Healthy Cities


The link between air pollution and Covid-19

Professor John Wenger, Professor in Physical and Environmental Chemistry, UCC


The health impacts of environmental noise

Enda Murphy, Professor of Planning at the School of Architecture, Planning and Environmental Policy, University College Dublin


Questions and answers / panel discussion

05:00 PM

Conference close

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SPEAKERS

Insight and presentations
from expert speakers

SESSIONS

Conference sessions

Conference sessions include:

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Policy update and Ministerial address

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Circular economy and resource efficiency


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Public health and the environment

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Climate action and COP26


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Biodiversity

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Water


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Planning and the environment

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Sustainability

SPONSORSHIP

Sponsorship & exhibition

There are a small number of opportunities to get involved with Environment Ireland as a sponsor or exhibitor. Now in its 17th year, this is the major annual environment conference in Ireland attracting 250+ key stakeholders annually.

Contact Fiona McCarthy on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email fiona.mccarthy@environmentireland.ie for further information on how to feature your organisation at the conference.

EXHIBITORS INCLUDE


TICKETS

Register your place at the conference


Delegate fee includes a copy of the Environment Ireland Yearbook 2021 (RRP €80).

Photos from previous Environment Ireland® conferences…





CONTACT

Any questions? Call us on +353 (0) 1 661 3755

or send your question to info@environmentireland.ie

CONFERENCE LOCATION

CROKE PARK

Hogan Mezzanine, Croke Park
Jones' Road, Drumcondra,
Dublin 3

info@environmentireland.ie
https://environmentireland.ie

Delegate safety will remain our highest priority with all necessary social distancing and hygiene measures in place. We will follow Government guidance and keep you updated of any changes to the event — tickets will be transferable if the event is postponed or has to be held online. Please see Croke Park’s Safe Events Policy here: https://crokepark.ie/meetings-events/safe-events.

ACCOMMODATION

There are a number of hotels located close to the venue, including: The Croke Park Hotel, The Gibson Hotel, Best Western Dublin Skylon Hotel, Gresham Hotel, Academy Plaza Hotel, Jurys Inn Parnell Street and The Bonnington Hotel.

There is a delegate room rate available at Croke Park Hotel. Please quote: BOOK170122

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