Ireland's major environment conference
04–05 October 2022 ∙ CROKE PARK, DUBLIN
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The must-attend conference
on Ireland’s environment.
Environment Ireland® is Ireland’s major environmental policy and management conference. Now in its 18th 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.
Now or never
The April 2022 IPCC report warned of a ‘now or never’ scenario if the world is to prevent climate disaster. We must move towards a low carbon society and economy. Greenhouse gas emissions must be cut by 43% by 2030, in order to cap temperatures to 1.5oC above pre-industrial levels. The chances of achieving this are slim and would require a huge transformational effort from Government, businesses, and individuals..
In this context, Environment Ireland® is a timely event with many important topics for the 2022 programme to discuss. Ireland’s first national circular economy strategy published in December 2021, shifts the focus away from waste disposal and towards how we can preserve resources by creating a circular economy.
Further biodiversity loss in Ireland must be halted. The EU is preparing legally binding targets to restore nature to be launched in Summer 2022. The Environment Ireland® Conference 2022 will feature focused sessions including climate, circular economy and water.
Environment Ireland® is the major event for the Irish environment sector. Bringing together Ireland’s environment 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
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 Environment Ireland Yearbook
The Environment Ireland conference begins in…
Insight and presentations
from expert speakers
Professor Hans-O. Pörtner
Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC
Professor Hans-O. Pörtner received his PhD and habilitated in Animal Physiology at Münster and Düsseldorf Universities. As a Research and then Heisenberg Fellow of the German Research Council he worked at Dalhousie and Acadia Universities, Nova Scotia, Canada and at the Lovelace Medical Foundation, Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, before he became Professor and Head of Integrative Ecophysiology at the Alfred Wegener Institute, Bremerhaven, Germany. He has established theory and evidence on effects of climate warming, ocean acidification, and hypoxia on marine organisms and ecosystems. More generally, his efforts focus on linking organism biogeography and ecosystem functioning to molecular, biochemical and physiological mechanisms shaping organism tolerance and performance. After his earlier contributions (as Lead Author and Coordinating Lead Author) to the 4th and 5th assessment cycles of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change) he was elected Co-Chair of IPCC Working Group II for AR6 in October 2015. He is an elected member of the European Academy of Sciences, the German Advisory Council on Global Change and a Web of Science/Clarivate Analytics highly cited researcher (top 1% Cross-Field) 2018 onward.
Brian Mac Sharry
Head of Group, Biodiversity and Ecosystems,European Environment Agency
Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust
Jo Pike has been Chief Executive of the Scottish Wildlife Trust since 2019. She has wide-ranging experience in the NGO sector, including in communications, environmental policy, advocacy, strategy development and stakeholder engagement, including as Project Director for the World Forum on Natural Capital from its inception in 2013 to its culmination in 2017. She was on the Steering Group for the Scottish Conservation Finance Project and the ‘£1 Billion Challenge’ and is currently Deputy Chair of the Scottish Forum on Natural Capital. Jo is also a trustee of the Royal Society of Wildlife Trusts.
CEO, Circular Communities Scotland
Michael Cook joined Circular Communities Scotland (then CRNS) as CEO in September 2018. Circular Communities Scotland is the national membership network for third sector organisations working in reuse, repair and recycling. Michael began his career working with PricewaterhouseCoopers as a consultant and then moved to Prudential as Head of Change Management. Michael then moved into leadership roles in the third sector first working for a medical charity in Africa and more recently leading a large outdoor centre. Michael is passionate about helping charities and social enterprises adopt the best of business good practice whilst simultaneously challenging the corporate sector to become more socially minded. In his spare time Michael enjoys birdwatching and hillwalking and is an active member of the local mountain rescue team.
HEAD, ENVIRONMENT AND PLANNING GROUP, ARTHUR COX
Danielle Conaghan is Head of the Arthur Cox Environment and Planning Group, and is a founder member of the firm’s Food and Drink Group, with over 15 years' experience in the Environment and Planning sphere. She takes a pragmatic approach to making all types of infrastructure projects happen and constantly looks to find ways to reduce the risk of successful challenges to projects by objectors. She is especially interested in complex projects; and advises on wind, biomass, battery storage, flood relief, data centre, water, wastewater, telecommunications, SHD and offshore projects. She has a deep understanding of how best to defend multiple sets of civil and criminal proceedings taken against projects during the planning, construction and operational phases. She helps clients defend criminal proceedings, particularly in the waste and food and drink sectors. She specialises in European environmental law and has a particular interest in the offshore space and in the future of hydrogen energy.
CHIEF EXECUTIVE, REPAK
Professor Yvonne Buckley
Professor of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin
Professor Yvonne Buckley is the Professor of Zoology at Trinity College Dublin, an Irish Research Council Laureate, IRC Researcher of the Year (2021) and a Member of the Royal Irish Academy. She co-leads Nature+: The Trinity Centre for Biodiversity and Nature-based Solutions. Yvonne has research interests in environmental decision making, population ecology, climate change ecology, conservation and restoration. She is Co-chair of the All Island Climate and Biodiversity Research Network. She has served as Chair of the National Biodiversity Forum (2015-2021) and was the founding president of the Irish Ecological Association (2015-2019).
Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting
Bruce Harper is a consultant with more than a decade of experience in the field of environmental regulation. A specialist in industrial emissions, he has deep sectoral knowledge gained over a varied career, from setting licence conditions as a licensing Inspector with the Environmental Protection Agency to writing Regulations and developing guidance for regulators and operators as an Environmental Policy Advisor in the Department of the Environment Northern Ireland. Bruce is a graduate of Trinity College Dublin, with a BSc in Engineering with Management, and a master’s in environmental engineering. He is a member of Engineers Ireland.
Feargal Ó Coigligh
Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Feargal Ó Coigligh is Assistant Secretary at the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government heading up the Water Division of the Department. He previously served as Assistant Secretary in the Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht where he headed up both the Heritage and Culture Divisions of that Department in successive periods. During his time in charge of the Culture Division he had responsibility for commemorations as part of the Decade of Centenaries including the successful Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. In the past he has worked on land-use planning policy, the reform of the local government system in Ireland, on modernising waste management policy – including the introduction of Europe's first levy on plastic bags, and as an adviser to the Minister for the Environment.
Programme Manager for Environmental Sciences, Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)
Alastair McKinstry is Environmental Program Manager at ICHEC. With an academic background in Physics, he has worked in High Performance Computing, as Engineer and Senior Engineer in Digital and Compaq in Galway where he worked on the development of the Alphaserver SC Supercomputer, becoming a principal Engineer in 3Com and Oracle. He joined ICHEC in 2006 as computational scientist, responsible for developing the Harmonie weather model for Met Éireann and optimising the EC-EARTH climate model under multiple Horizon 2020 projects. Alastair focuses on Environmental Data management at ICHEC, managing the data and compute platform for multiple Earth Observation and modelling projects, including Work package and project leads for ESA and Copernicus EO projects, in collaboration with public sector, academic and industry partners.
Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs Northern Ireland
Deputy Principal, College of Social Sciences and Law, UCD
Niamh Moore-Cherry is Deputy College Principal at the UCD College of Social Sciences and Law and leads a team examining the relationship between Cities, Governance and Sustainability. In Feb 2021, she was appoint teed an Honorary Professor at the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. Her research is focused on understanding the governance of urban (re)development and its outcomes. She has a strong record in policy analysis and community engagement and has significant experience in working at the policy-practice-research nexus. Previously Niamh input into the development of the National Planning Framework in Ireland, the UK2070 Commission in the UK and has recently undertaken commissioned research for the National Economic and Social Council (NESC).
Hendrik W van der Kamp
Hendrik W van der Kamp, is the former Head of the planning school in Technological University Dublin. He is past-president of both the Irish Planning Institute and the European Council of Spatial Planners. Since his retirement he has joined RW Nowlan & Associates as a planning consultant and advises a university in Beijing on academic matters. He has been consulted by the Government on a number of occasions on planning matters and was member of advisory groups of both the National Spatial Strategy and the National Planning Framework. In 2021 he organised and delivered a nationwide Climate Action Training Programme for planners and has recently advised the Environmental Protection Agency on international best practice examples of national land use policy.
Senior Manager – Ambient Air Quality, National Ambient Air Quality Unit, Environmental Protection Agency
Assistant Secretary, Environment Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
Director, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change
Elaine Mulcahy is the Director of the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, which is an alliance of 32 UK-based health organisations with a shared vision for a sustainable, just, healthy world. Elaine has a PhD in Bioengineering from the University of Strathclyde and completed post-doctoral research in neurophysiology at the University of Sydney and Australian National University. She has extensive experience working in health and science communications and strategic leadership roles including editor of the nanotechnology magazine NANO and Head of Corporate Communications and Marketing at the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow. She has written several articles on the intersection between health and climate. In her role at the UK Health Alliance on Climate Change, she brings together health professionals to advocate for just responses to the climate and ecological crisis, promote the health benefits that flow from those responses, and empowers members and health professionals to make changes in their professional and personal lives to respond to the crisis.
Head of Sustainability Services, Antaris Consulting
Geoff Dooley is Head of Sustainability Services at Antaris Consulting. He is an experienced strategy and sustainability consultant with a track record of leading change in the environmental services, life sciences, agricultural supply chain, and not-for-profit sectors. Most recently he facilitated the development of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Climate Impacts and Adaptation Strategy, and he is the current Chair of the Irish delegation to the European Committee for Standardisation for the Circular Design of Fishing Gear. Geoff holds a primary degree in Environmental Science, an MBA, an MSc in Finance, a Level 9 Diploma in Executive Coaching, and an Advanced Diploma in Systemic Transformation for Organisations.
J Owen Lewis
Co-Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate and Energy
J Owen Lewis co-chairs the IIEA Working Group on Climate and Energy. He is also Emeritus Professor of Architectural Science, UCD Dublin, and President of the Royal Dublin Society. He is a member of the Board of the National Gallery of Ireland. Owen was previously Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) between 2009 and 2012. Qualified as architect, engineer, and energy technologist, he has practised professionally in Ireland, England and Zambia. He was part-time Executive Director for Innovation and R&D at Bord na Móna between 2006 and 2008. Owen was Dean of the Faculty of Engineering and Architecture at UCD Dublin and later Principal of the UCD College of Engineering, Mathematical and Physical Sciences. In 1976 Owen co-founded the Solar Energy Society of Ireland.
Professor Jane Stout
Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action, Trinity College Dublin
Jane Stout is a Professor at Trinity College Dublin, and the first Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action at Trinity. She is an ecologist and much of her research investigates anthropogenic impacts on biodiversity and ecosystem services. Jane’s particular interests focus on impacts of land use and land management on ecological systems, and the value of natural systems to human economies, societies and well-being. Her research informs biodiversity conservation, agriculture and sustainable development, both nationally and internationally. She is co-founder of Natural Capital Ireland and the All-Ireland Pollinator Plan.
Environment and Science Editor, The Irish Times
Kevin O’Sullivan is Environment and Science Editor and lead journalist reporting on climate change with The Irish Times. He served as Editor of the paper from 2011 to 2017. He joined The Irish Times in 1997 as Environmental and Food Science Correspondent. In his current role, he has a particular interest in climate solutions (especially nature-based actions); sustainability (including the pursuit of the UN SDGs), renewable energy and restoring biodiversity.
Chief Executive, Longford County Council
Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive Longford County Council is from Tuam in County Galway.
Paddy's background is one of engineering, graduating from UCG in 1984 with a Bachelor of Engineering - BE in Civil Engineering. He also has a Masters in Business Administration (MBA) from DCU. Having worked in construction in London and Sydney in the 1980s, Paddy returned to Ireland to work with Mayo County Council in 1991, progressing to the position of Director of Services with Mayo County Council.
Paddy was appointed as Chief Executive with Longford County Council in July 2016. Paddy is the current Chair of the CCMA Climate Action, Transport and Networks Committee.
Policy and Research Director, The Rediscovery Centre
Associate Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin
Mary Kelly-Quinn is an Associate Professor in the School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin. Her research focuses on assessment of land-use and other anthropogenic activities on the physical, hydrochemical and ecological quality of surface waters with particular reference to multiple stressors and climate change. Among her current projects are SSNet (on small streams), SWAMP (on water quality in degraded peatlands), HYDROSED ( hydrological and sediment impacts of forest operations in Ireland), WaterFutures (future responses of water, ecology and environment to agents of change) and the recently completed ESDecide (freshwater ecosystem services decision support) and RECONNECT (mapping and assessing barrier impacts on rivers) research. She is also collaborating on projects on natural capital accounting in Ireland and further afield with the University of Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and in Kenya with the University of Pwani on water quality issues.
Dr Caitríona Carlin
Lecturer, Ryan Institute and School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway
Caitriona Carlin is an ecologist based within the Ryan Institute, and lecturer in Environmental Science, at NUI Galway. She directs MSc Sustainable Environments at NUI Galway, and collaborates with UL in running the MSc Sustainable Resource Management Policy and Practice. Within the Community and University Sustainability Partnership (CUSP), she leads the Nature and Ecosystems workpackage, and is on the GreenCampus committee. She is the lead PI for NEAR Health which was funded by the EPA and HSE. She is interested in how and why people connect with nature and how this might motivate them to conserve nature.
Lecturer, University College Cork
CEO, Friends of the Earth
Oisín Coghlan has been CEO of Friends of the Earth since 2005. He co-founded the Stop Climate Chaos Coalition in 2007 and the Environmental Pillar in 2009, and led the 14-year campaign for a climate law which culminated in the passing of the Climate Action Act 2021. He is the current chair of Coalition 2030, the Irish civil society coalition for the UN Sustainable Development Goals. Before joining Friends of the Earth, Oisín worked in global solidarity and human rights, including two years as a community organizer among banana workers in Belize, and three years for Christian Aid on aid, trade and Palestine. Oisín’s primary degree was Politics and Sociology in Trinity College Dublin and he has a Masters in International Relations from DCU.
CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland
Assistant Secretary, Circular Economy, Natural Resources and Waste Policy, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications
Philip Nugent is the Assistant Secretary leading the Circular Economy, Natural Resources and Waste Policy function in the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications. He has responsibility for leading a cross-Government approach to the circular economy, as well as geoscience policy and regulation (minerals, mining and petroleum), the Geological Survey, inland fisheries, and waste and resource efficiency. Philip joined the Department in 2019 from the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government where he served in a range of roles across marine and terrestrial planning and housing.
Local Authorities Waters Programme (LAWPRO)
Senior Scientific Officer,Environmental Protection Agency
Tadhg O’Mahony graduated with a degree in Plant Science from UCC in 1984. He initially worked as contractor with NPWS on river surveys around Ireland. This was followed by a Masters Degree in Environmental Technology from Imperial College. He subsequently worked in environmental consultancy for 8 years in Ireland and the UK specialising in the areas of Environmental Audit, EIA and Ecological Assessment. Tadhg joined the EPA in 1997, initially working in the area of waste licensing and enforcement. Since 2003 Tadhg has headed up the EPA’s SEA Section with the role of fulfilling EPA’s role as a statutory environmental authority under the SEA Regulations. He has also contributes to Ireland’s State of the Environment Reporting and SEA related applied research.
Project Manager, Source to Tap
CEO, Heritage Council
Virginia Teehan is a cultural leader with significant experience in the fields of heritage protection and interpretation with a wealth of executive and non-executive experience across museums and galleries and universities. Virginia took over the post of CEO of the Heritage Council in February 2019.
Prior to taking up position at the Heritage Council, worked as Director of Cultural Projects at University College Cork where she developed several cross-disciplinary cultural projects connecting the University’s research profile with the wider community. Virginia was Executive Producer for the RTÉ/UCC award winning three-part documentary, The Atlas of the Irish Revolution a major collaboration which brought history and heritage to wide audience. A professional archivist and curator, Virginia was appointed, University Archivist at UCC, in 1991. From 2003-2009, Virginia was Director of the Museum, Limerick. The Museum was awarded Irish Museum of the Year during Virginia’s tenure.
As a curator, researcher and lecturer, Virginia has lectured and published extensively on art-history a special interest in the Irish Arts and Crafts Movement. She has curated over eighty exhibitions within Ireland, the UK, France, Germany and USA.
In May 2022 Virginia was elected as a member of the Royal Irish Academy.
Co-ordinator, Cork Healthy Cities
Dr Katharine Steentjes
Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), Cardiff University
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
- Sustainability managers
- Planning professionals
- Elected representatives
- Energy and infrastructure project managers
- Anyone with an eye on the Irish environment!
Sponsorship & exhibition
There are only a small number of opportunities remaining to get involved with Environment Ireland® as a sponsor or exhibitor. Now in its 18th year, this is the major annual environment conference in Ireland attracting 300+ key stakeholders annually.
As well as being a significant event in a business and policy sense, Environment Ireland® has developed a strong networking dimension. It has become an event where key players expect to meet every year and enjoy the networking opportunity it provides.
Sponsorship is often a springboard into the networking/informal strategic discussions from which major business opportunities arise. Partnership with the event underlines leadership status within the environment community.
In exchange for sponsorship support the sponsor will receive an attractive package of benefits designed to maximise their organisation’s profile in front of this senior environmental audience and leave a lasting impression upon the key decision-makers in attendance.
The Environment Ireland exhibition area is limited and sells out every year. An important platform for your organisation to interact with a senior audience of 300+ attendees from across the Irish environment sector.
Contact Fiona McCarthy on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email email@example.com for further information on how to feature your organisation at the conference and to receive notification of future events.
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GETTING TO THE VENUE
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