The must-attend conference
for Ireland’s environment.
2019: An environmental emergency
The Dáil has declared a climate and biodiversity emergency. It does not look likely that Ireland will meet 2030 or 2050 emission targets. Ireland’s biodiversity capital is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change.
It has become clear that we are the last generation that can impact the course of climate change and are also the first generation feeling its effects. A report released in October 2018 by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) warned that global warming must be kept to 1.5°C and this can only happen if the world makes major changes. To address the climate issue in Ireland, the government has introduced ambitious measures in its recent Climate Action Plan.
Alongside a dedicated climate session, this year’s programme will also feature a public health and air quality session. While EU air quality standards are not currently exceeded in Ireland, the health-related external costs from air pollution are thought to be more than €2 billion annually.
Waste is also an area of focus as recent statistics show that Ireland generates the most plastic packaging waste per person in the EU. A total of 57.9kg of plastic packaging waste was produced per person in 2016, 82% higher than the EU average.
Ireland’s environment certainly has its bright spots and good progress across many areas must continue in the face of global challenges. The conference programme aims to tackle these important issues — and much more — highlighting ways in which both policy-makers and industry can move forward in order to protect the 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 a day of discussion and networking.
The 2019 Environment Ireland conference begins in…
Experience and knowledge from expert speakers
HEAD, CLIMATE CHANGE UNIT, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORT, TOURISM AND SPORT
Richard Bruton, TD
MINISTER FOR COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT
DIRECTOR GENERAL, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
DIRECTOR, DIRECTORATE-GENERAL FOR ENVIRONMENT, EUROPEAN COMMISSION
ASSISTANT SECRETARY GENERAL, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT
ASSISTANT SECRETARY, NATURAL RESOURCES AND WASTE POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF COMMUNICATIONS, CLIMATE ACTION AND ENVIRONMENT
DIRECTOR, OFFICE OF EVIDENCE AND ASSESSMENT, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
CHIEF EXECUTIVE AND PLANNING REGULATOR, OFFICE OF THE PLANNING REGULATOR
NATIONAL EXECUTIVE, COMMUNITY REUSE NETWORK IRELAND
DEVELOPMENT OFFICER, ENVIRONMENTAL PILLAR
HEAD OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND CIRCULAR ECONOMY PROGRAMME, IEEP
CHAIR, CLIMATE CHANGE ADVISORY COUNCIL
DIRECTOR OF REGULATORY AND NATURAL RESOURCES POLICY, DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE, ENVIRONMENT AND RURAL AFFAIRS
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, SCHOOL OF GEOGRAPHY, UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
MEMBER, EUROPEAN ACADEMIES' SCIENCE ADVISORY COUNCIL (EASAC)
DIRECTOR OF ASSET DELIVERY, NORTHERN IRELAND WATER
DIRECTOR OF SERVICES, LOCAL AUTHORITY WATERS PROGRAMME
J Owen Lewis
CHAIR, ENERGY INSTITUTE, IRELAND AND IIEA WORKING GROUP ON CLIMATE
INTEGRATED ASSESSMENT FOR SUSTAINABILITY PROGRAMME, EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT AGENCY
HEAD, WRAP CYMRU
ECONOMIST, ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INSTITUTE
ENVIRONMENTAL POLICY EXECUTIVE, IBEC
HEAD, EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH, WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION
Between May 2012 and September 2018, she was a Senior Policy and Programme Adviser on European Environment and Health Governance and Multisectoral Partnerships at the World Health Organization Regional Office for Europe, in Copenhagen. In this capacity, she was responsible for supporting the WHO engagement in international environment and health governance. Her focus is on the integration of health consideration in decisions, policies, planning and investments affecting natural and built environments. In this capacity, she has been one of the main organizers of the Sixth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Health, held in Ostrava, Czech Republic, in June 2017.
Areas of specific interest and expertise include the promotion of “health in all policies” approaches, health impact assessment, violence and injury prevention, urban health and active mobility policies and interventions. In this context, she promoted and coordinated the development of the Health Economic Assessment Tools (HEAT) for walking and cycling, to estimate the economic value of reductions in mortality as a consequence of regular cycling and/or walking. She is also providing, together with the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe, the secretariat to the Transport, Health and Environment Pan-European Programme (THE PEP), a multilateral and multisectoral policy platform established in 2002 to promote healthy and sustainable transport policies.
Francesca has 30 years of international experience in environment and health policies and science, consumer safety and has authored several papers and publications. In May 2018 she was awarded a Honorary Doctorate by the Swedish School of Sport and Health Science in Stockholm, Sweden, for her leading engagement in environmental health and active transport.
DIRECTOR, DCU WATER INSTITUTE
Fiona’s research focuses on environmental monitoring and she has special interest in priority and emerging contaminants as well as the establishment of decision support tools for environmental monitoring using novel sensor technologies and data management tools. Her work includes the areas of separations and sensors (including microfluidics), materials for sensing and antifouling applications on aquatic deployed systems. Fiona has supervised > 25 students to PhD and MSc level, has an h-index of 30 (google scholar) publishing over 100 peer reviewed papers, book chapters, books and reviews. Fiona is an associate editor with the RSC journal, Analytical Methods and is a member of the Royal Irish Academy committee on Environment and Climate Change.
ASSISTANT PRINCIPAL OFFICER, HEALTH AND WELLBEING UNIT, DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
HEAD, PLANNING AND ENVIRONMENT GROUP, ARTHUR COX
Dr Diarmuid Torney
Assistant Professor in the School of Law and Government, Dublin City University
Hendrik W van der Kamp
CHAIR, AN BORD PLEANÁLA
SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITION
Sponsorship and exhibition
Join Ireland’s leading organisations in partnering with Environment Ireland 2019. An excellent way to showcase your organisation at Ireland’s major annual environment conference, there are a small number of high profile sponsorship and exhibition packages available. Ireland’s largest environmental conference will once again bring together 250+ delegates from Ireland’s environment sector and further afield for a day of networking and discussion.
Make Environment Ireland exhibition a priority for your organisation…
Face-to-face interaction with 250+ key environmental players all in one place
Raise your organisation’s profile with expert speakers and senior delegates
Only 20 exhibition stands available: All positioned in premium location
Excellent networking opportunities with the environment industry and policy makers
Logo featured on Environment Ireland website and in conference delegate pack
Showcase your organisation’s expertise
Senior environment audience: Policy-makers, environmental managers, consultants
Opportunity to attend all conference sessions
Take advantage of important business development opportunities
Be part of a lively exhibition area with a wide range of exhibitors
Increase your brand visibility and awareness
Ireland's largest environmental conference
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GETTING TO ENVIRONMENT IRELAND 2019 SUSTAINABLY
Croke Park is easily accessible by public transport, primarily by rail and bus links. Please visit the Croke Park website for further information by clicking here. Croke Park is just a 15-minute walk from the city centre. For cyclists, please note bike parking is also available at the venue. If you are arriving by car, there is complimentary parking available for conference delegates, with more information here. There is an e-car charging point at the Croke Park Hotel, directly opposite the venue.