Environment Ireland® Conference 2017

Thursday 28th September • Croke Park, Dublin


Environment Ireland®

Environment Ireland® is Ireland’s major environmental policy and management conference. Organised in association with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment, the conference is now in its 13th year.

Ireland’s environment in 2017

As Ireland moves towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions with the launch of the National Mitigation Plan, it is looking likely that Ireland will fail to meet the 2020 EU emission targets. These targets are hugely important as we aim to achieve a competitive, low carbon, climate-resilient and environmentally sustainable economy by 2050. This year’s conference programme reflects the current changing nature of the Irish and international environment, including a wider focus on the National Planning Framework, implementing the Water Framework Directive and working towards achieving a circular economy. It is important not only to hear the latest developments in policy, but also to discuss and put your questions to expert speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. Ensure you don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from those individuals and organisations shaping the future of Ireland's environment on their priorities for delivering a cleaner, greener environment which supports sustainable economic growth.

Policy and Brexit update

Hear the future outlook for environmental policy across Ireland and the EU and main priorities directly from policy-makers. This session will also include a keynote Panel discussion: How will Brexit impact the Irish environment? Put your questions directly to our panel of local and visiting experts as they debate the implications of Brexit for Ireland’s environment, particularly in an all-island context.

Climate change

A dedicated climate session will examine the National Mitigation Plan, Ireland’s progress to reducing targets and the impact of Brexit.

Water

The conference will examine the state of Ireland’s water and looks to the future of water services and infrastructure.

Planning and community engagement

This session will look at the environmental challenges in implementing the National Planning Framework and the importance of engaging communities.

Resource efficiency and circular economy

Discuss the value of waste and how to use it to the benefit of the economy with leading industry experts.

Health and wellbeing

This session will look at the close links between the environment, health and wellbeing that exist in Ireland. The quality of citizens lives is directly impacted by the quality of the environment.

Confirmed Speakers

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency

Laura Burke, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency

Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Dr Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin

Dr Nils Meyer-Ohlendorf, Senior Fellow, Ecologic Institute, Berlin

Iseult Ward, CEO, FoodCloud

Iseult Ward, CEO, FoodCloud

David Small, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Agency

David Small, Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Environment Agency

Alexander Teytelboym, Research Fellow, INET, University of Oxford

Alexander Teytelboym, Research Fellow, INET, University of Oxford

Hendrik van der Kamp, Head of the Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology

Hendrik van der Kamp, Head of the Transport Engineering, Environment and Planning, Dublin Institute of Technology

Viviane Gravey, Lecturer in European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Viviane Gravey, Lecturer in European Politics, Queen’s University Belfast

Professor John FitzGerald, Chair, National Advisory Council on Climate Change

Professor John FitzGerald, Chair, National Advisory Council on Climate Change

Tom Collins, Chair, Public Water Forum

Tom Collins, Chair, Public Water Forum

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

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

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council

Peter Hynes, Chief Executive, Mayo County Council

Deborah Spence, Partner, Arthur Cox

Deborah Spence, Partner, Arthur Cox

Mary Kelly, Chairperson, An Bord Pleanála

Mary Kelly, Chairperson, An Bord Pleanála

Sinead O’Brien, Co-ordinator, Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)

Sinead O’Brien, Co-ordinator, Sustainable Water Network (SWAN)

Claire Downey is National Network Coordinator with CRNI.

Claire Downey, National Network Coordinator, Community Reuse Network Ireland

Matt Crowe, Director of the EPA

Matt Crowe, Director, Environmental Protection Agency

Matthew Collins, Assistant Secretary leading the Natural Resources and Waste Policy function in the Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment.

Matthew Collins, Assistant Secretary leading the Natural Resources and Waste Policy, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Kevin Leyden is a Professor of Political Science at the National University of Ireland, Galway

Kevin Leyden, Professor of Political Science, National University of Ireland, Galway

Mark Griffin, Secretary General, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Mark Griffin, Secretary General, Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

Owen Lewis, IIEA Working Group on Energy and Climate Change

Owen Lewis, IIEA Working Group on Energy and Climate Change

Averil Power, Chief Executive, Asthma Society

Averil Power, Chief Executive Asthma Society

Romain Pardo, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Romain Pardo, Policy Analyst, European Policy Centre

Micheál Ó Cinnéide, Communications and Corporate Services Director, Environmental Protection Agency

Micheál Ó Cinnéide, Communications and Corporate Services Director Environmental Protection Agency

Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland

Oisín Coghlan, Director, Friends of the Earth Ireland

Matt Shortt, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council

Matt Shortt, Director of Services, Tipperary County Council

Michael Ewing, Co-ordinator, Irish Environmental Network (IEN)

Michael Ewing, Co-ordinator, Irish Environmental Network (IEN)

Sponsorship and exhibition

Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities


There are a small number of opportunities to get involved with Environment Ireland 2017. Now in its 13th year, this is the major annual environment conference in Ireland attracting 300+ delegates annually. Contact Fiona McCarthy on +353 (0)1 661 3755 or email fiona.mccarthy@eolasmagazine.ie for further information on how to feature your organisation at the conference.