Ireland's major environment conference
04–05 October 2022 ∙ CROKE PARK, DUBLIN


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Conference programme


DAY ONE

4 OCTOBER

 


08:30 AM
Registration and morning coffee


Environmental policy

09:00 – 11:00 AM

Chair

Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, The Irish Times

 


MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
Ireland’s environment: Policy priorities and future outlook

Eamon Ryan TD, Minister for the Environment, Climate and Communications (invited)

 


Climate Change 2022: Impacts, adaptation and vulnerability

Hans-Otto Pörtner, Co-Chair, Working Group II, IPCC

 


Tackling the biodiversity emergency

Brian Mac Sharry, Head of Biodiversity and Ecosystems, European Environment Agency

 


Priorities for the Northern Ireland environment

Senior representative, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs

 


Resource management and the circular economy

Danielle Conaghan, Partner and Head of the Environment and Planning Group, Arthur Cox

 


Questions and answers / panel discussion

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Networking coffee break and exhibition viewing

Parallel session: Biodiversity

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

 


Chair

Jane Stout, Vice President for Biodiversity and Climate Action, Professor in Botany, Trinity College Dublin

 


Protecting and restoring Scotland’s wildlife

Jo Pike, Chief Executive, Scottish Wildlife Trust

 


Biodiversity in a warming world

Yvonne Buckley, Professor of Zoology, Trinity College Dublin

 


Biodiversity awareness, understanding and impact of its loss

Virginia Teehan, CEO, The Heritage Council

 


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Parallel session: Sustainability

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

 


Chair

Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, The Irish Times

 


Session details to be announced soon.




Questions and answers / panel discussion

01:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch break and exhibition viewing

Parallel session: Circular economy and resource management

02:00 – 04:00 PM

 


Chair

Claire Downey, Policy and Research Director, The Rediscovery Centre

 


Empowering Scotland’s circular economy

Michael Cook, CEO, Circular Communities Scotland

 


Ireland's circular economy transition

Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications 

 


The circular economy — embracing the challenge

Séamus Clancy, Chief Executive Officer, Repak

 


Circular economy: From theory to practice

Bruce Harper, Environmental Consultant, Antaris Consulting

 


Questions and answers / panel discussion

Parallel session: Public health and the environment

02:00 – 04:00 PM

 


Chair

Denise Cahill, Co-ordinator, The Cork Healthy Cities

 


The impact of climate change on public health

Elaine Mulcahy, Director, UK Health Alliance on Climate Change

 


Air quality in Ireland

Patrick Kenny, Senior Manager – Ambient Air Quality, National Ambient Air Quality Unit, Environmental Protection Agency

 


Connecting with nature for health and wellbeing

Caitríona Carlin, PhD, Lecturer, Ryan Institute and School of Natural Sciences, NUI Galway

 


The public health benefits of clean air: Awareness and advocacy

Sarah O’Connor, CEO, Asthma Society of Ireland

 



Questions and answers / panel discussion

04:00 PM

Conference close

DAY TWO

5 OCTOBER

 


Climate Ireland

09:00 – 11:00 AM

Chair

J Owen Lewis, Co-Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate and Energy

 


Climate change policy in Ireland

Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary, Environment and Climate Action, Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications

 


EU taxonomy: Achieving net zero

Geoff Dooley, Head of Sustainability Services, Antaris Consulting

 


The implications of climate change and future outlook

Oisín Coghlan, CEO, Friends of the Earth Ireland

 



Questions and answers / panel discussion

11:00 – 11:30 AM

Networking coffee break and exhibition viewing

Climate

11:30 AM – 01:00 PM

 


Chair

J Owen Lewis, Co-Chair, IIEA Working Group on Climate and Energy

 


Public perceptions of climate change

Dr Katharine Steentjes, Research Associate, Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations (CAST), Cardiff University

 


The local authority response to climate change

Paddy Mahon, Chief Executive, Longford County Council

 


Imagining2050 project: Engaging, envisioning and enabling dialogue on pathways towards a low carbon, climate resilient Ireland

Gerard Mullally, Lecturer, University College Cork

 



Questions and answers / panel discussion

01:00 – 02:00 PM

Lunch break and exhibition viewing

Parallel session: Planning and the environment

02:00 – 03:30 PM

 


Chair

Hendrik W van der Kamp, Planning Consultant

 


Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) as a mechanism for promoting environmental protection and sustainable development in Ireland

Tadhg O'Mahony, Senior Scientific Officer, Environmental Protection Agency

 


Digital twins for environmental policy-making

Alastair McKinstry, Programme Manager for Environmental Sciences, The Irish Centre for High-End Computing (ICHEC)

 


Planning and the environment

Niall Cussen, Chief Executive Officer, Office of the Planning Regulator (Invited)

 


Renewing urban communities: Environment, citizenship and sustainability in Ireland

Niamh Moore-Cherry, Deputy College Principal, Professor of Urban Governance and Development, University College Dublin

 



Questions and answers / panel discussion

Parallel session: Water

02:00 – 03:30 PM

 


Chair

Mary Kelly-Quinn, Associate Professor, School of Biology and Environmental Science, University College Dublin

 


River Basin Management Plan for Ireland 2022-2027

Feargal Ó Coigligh, Assistant Secretary, Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government

 


Supporting the implementation of River Basin Management Plans

Senior representative, Local Authorities Waters Programme (LAWPRO)

 


Lessons from the Source to Tap project: Sustainable solutions

Diane Foster, Project Manager, Source to Tap

 



Questions and answers / panel discussion

03:30 PM

Conference close

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