Ireland's major environment conference
18–19 January 2022 ∙ Online
In association with
The must-attend conference
on Ireland’s environment.
This conference has been rescheduled to 18–19 January 2022 and will take place fully online.
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.
Hear local industry leaders and visiting experts
Connect with policy-makers and practitioners
Access to high-level presentations after the conference
Important high-level plenary and focused sessions
The must-attend event for anyone in the sector
Important overview of Ireland‘s environment
Interactive Q&A session with expert speakers
Complimentary copy of the Environment Ireland Yearbook 2021
The Environment Ireland conference begins in…
Insight and presentations
from expert speakers
Ossian Smyth TD
MINISTER OF STATE WITH SPECIAL RESPONSIBILITY FOR COMMUNICATIONS AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY
DIRECTOR FOR IMPLEMENTATION, GOVERNANCE AND SEMESTER, DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR ENVIRONMENT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
DIRECTOR GENERAL, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY (EPA)
HEAD OF BIODIVERSITY, DEPARTMENT FOR ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS, WELSH GOVERNMENT
TEAM LEADER FOR CIRCULAR ECONOMY, SUSTAINABLE PRODUCTION, PRODUCTS AND CONSUMPTION, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
EXTERNAL IMPACT DIRECTOR, INSTITUTE FOR EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY
ENVIRONMENTAL CONSULTANT, ANTARIS CONSULTING
HEAD OF THE EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH, WHO
PARTNER, RISK ADVISORY — SUSTAINABILITY LEADER, DELOITTE
Dr Eliot Taylor
DIVISIONAL DIRECTOR, APEM Ireland
HEAD, ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING GROUP, ARTHUR COX
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, ENVIRONMENT AND CLIMATE ACTION, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND COMMUNICATIONS
PERMANENT SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS
Dr Venkatesh Kannan
TECHNICAL MANAGER, IRISH CENTRE FOR HIGH-END COMPUTING
Róisín Dowd Smith
CLIMATE CHANGE AND DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, NATIONAL FEDERATION OF GROUP WATER SCHEMES
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER, IRISH GREEN BUILDING COUNCIL
CHAIRPERSON & FOUNDING DIRECTOR, NATIVE WOODLAND TRUST
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, CLIMATE AND COMMUNICATIONS
DIRECTOR, UNEP GEMS/WATER CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT CENTRE, ENVIRONMENTAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
Professor John Wenger
PROFESSOR IN PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CHEMISTRY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE CORK
WATER PROGRAMME MANAGER, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
PROJECT MANAGER, ALL-IRELAND POLLINATOR PLAN
ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING MANAGER, DEPARTMENT OF HOUSING, LOCAL GOVERNMENT AND HERITAGE
DIRECTOR, FRIENDS OF THE EARTH
CONSULTANT, ANTARIS CONSULTING
TOWN PLANNER, BELFAST CITY COUNCIL
HEAD OF INFRASTRUCTURE, ENERGY AND ENVIRONMENT, IBEC
CO-ORDINATOR, CORK HEALTHY CITIES
J Owen Lewis
CHAIR, IIEA WORKING GROUP ON CLIMATE
Professor Iris Möller
PROFESSOR OF GEOGRAPHY AND HEAD OF DEPARTMENT OF GEOGRAPHY, SCHOOL OF NATURAL SCIENCES, TRINITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
PROFESSOR OF PLANNING AT THE SCHOOL OF ARCHITECTURE, PLANNING AND ENVIORMENTAL POLICY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
ENVIRONMENT AND SCIENCE EDITOR, THE IRISH TIMES
Who should attend?
- Environmental consultants and advisors
- Environmental managers
- Local authorities
- Engineering and construction companies
- Legal and financial advisors
- NGOs/Environmental charities
- Waste management companies
- Environmental policy-makers
- Climate change co-ordinators
- Public health professionals
- Planning professionals
- Elected representatives
- Energy and infrastructure project managers
- Anyone with an eye on the Irish environment!
Environment Ireland will take place online and will be using a platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference. This will include:
- Chair and speakers on screen during the session
- Speakers will present with slides and video
- A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
- A chat facility for delegates to network and make comments
- A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation
- IT support for delegates throughout the event
- Access to speaker presentations after the conference