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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.

Taking action

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.

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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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Important high-level plenary and multi-stream sessions

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Lively networking and exhibition area: Meet 20+ exhibitors

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Network with 250+ delegates

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The must attend event for anyone in the sector

PROGRAMME

Conference programme


08:30 – 09:00 AM

REGISTRATION AND COFFEE

Plenary: Environmental policy

09:00 – 11:00 AM

Chair: Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary — Environment and Climate Action, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment


MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
ENVIRONMENTAL CHALLENGES IN IRELAND: 2019 AND BEYOND

Richard Bruton, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment


EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT PRIORITIES

Aurel Ciobanu-Dordea, Director, DG Environment, European Commission


IRELAND'S ENVIRONMENT: KEY CHALLENGES AND FUTURE OUTLOOK

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency


MOVING NORTHERN IRELAND'S ENVIRONMENT FORWARD

Dave Foster, Director of Regulatory and Natural Resources Policy, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs


THE STATE AND OUTLOOK FOR THE EUROPEAN ENVIRONMENT: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SUSTAINABILITY TRANSITIONS

Cathy Maguire, Environmental Sustainability Assessments and Learning Expert, European Environment Agency


Questions and answers / panel discussion

11:00 – 11:30 AM

MORNING COFFEE / NETWORKING BREAK AND EXHIBITION VIEWING

01:00 – 02:00 PM

LUNCH: NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY AND EXHIBITION VIEWING

Resource efficiency and the circular economy

02:00 – 04:00 PM

Chair: Claire Downey, National Coordinator, Community Reuse Network Ireland


IRELAND'S WASTE POLICY AND FUTURE OUTLOOK

Matt Collins, Assistant Secretary, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment


TOWARDS A WELSH CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP Cymru, Wales


CONNECTING PEOPLE AND RESOURCES FOR GREENER LIVING

Sarah Miller, Chief Executive, The Rediscovery Centre


PLASTICS AND THE CIRCULAR ECONOMY

Aoife O'Donovan, Environmental Policy Executive, Ibec


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Planning and the environment

02:00 – 04:00 PM

Chair: Henk van der Kamp, Planning consultant


PLANNING FOR THE FUTURE

Niall Cussen, Chief Executive and Planning Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator (OPR)


ENVIRONMENTAL SENSITIVITY MAPPING

Ainhoa González, Assistant Professor School of Geography, University College Dublin


PLANNING: DELIVERING FOR THE ENVIRONMENT

Dave Walsh, Chair, An Bord Pleanála


INVOLVING COMMUNITIES IN THE PLANNING PROCESS

Michael Ewing, Development Officer, Environmental Pillar


Questions and answers / panel discussion

04:00 PM

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SPEAKERS

Experience and knowledge from expert speakers

SPONSORSHIP AND EXHIBITION

Partnership opportunities:
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.

For further information on how your organisation can benefit, contact us directly on +353 (0) 1 661 3755 or email info@environmentireland.ie.

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CONTACT

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

or send your question to info@environmentireland.ie

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.

CONFERENCE LOCATION

CROKE PARK

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

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

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