Ireland's major environment conference
18–19 January 2022 ∙ Online(new date)

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Conference programme

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Environmental policy

09:00 – 10:45 AM

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

Ireland’s environment: Policy priorities and future outlook

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

The European environment post Covid-19

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

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



Climate Ireland

09:00 – 11:00 AM

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

Climate Action Plan 2021

Noel Regan, Principal Officer, 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

The implications of COP26 for climate in Ireland and future outlook

Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland (Presentation unavailable)

ISO 14064: International Standard for Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Liam Regan, Consultant, Antaris Consulting

Questions and answers / panel discussion

10:45 – 11:15 AM

Comfort break

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Comfort break

Ireland’s sustainable future

11:15 AM – 01:00 PM

Implementing the UN sustainable development goals: An Irish business perspective

Neil Walker, Head of 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

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

Strategic environmental assessment

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 break

01:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch break

Circular economy and resource management

02:00 – 03:15 PM

EU Circular Economy Action Plan

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

Climate ambition and the role of the 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


02:00 – 03:15 PM

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

Comfort break

03:15 - 03:30 PM

Comfort break

Environment and health

03:30 – 05:00 PM

Environment and health: European overview

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

Healthy planet, 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

(Presentation unavailable)

Questions and answers / panel discussion

05:00 PM

Conference close

05:00 PM

Conference close