Environment Ireland Conference 2018 Programme

Thursday 4th October 2018 · Croke Park, Dublin

08.30
Registration and coffee
09.00
Environmental policy in Ireland, UK & Europe
  • Chair:
    Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary Environment and Climate Action
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment
  • Ministerial address
    Environmental challenges in Ireland: 2018 and beyond
    Denis Naughten, TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment (invited)
  • Video address: European Strategy for plastics in a circular economy
    Karmenu Vella, European Commissioner for Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries
  • Ireland’s environment: Key challenges and opportunities
    Laura Burke, Director General
    Environmental Protection Agency
  • What does Brexit mean for the next 40 years of EU environmental policy?
    Nigel Haigh, Honorary Fellow and Former Director
    Institute for European Environmental Policy
  • Climate adaptation and resilience
    Youssef Nassef, Adaptation Director
    United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change
  • Questions & answers / panel discussion

10.45
Morning coffee / networking break and exhibition viewing
13.00
Lunch: Networking opportunity and exhibition viewing
14.00
Political panel: The future political outlook for the Irish environment
Chair: Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor, The Irish Times (invited)

Chair:
Kevin O’Sullivan, Environment and Science Editor
The Irish Times (invited)

Senator Ivana Bacik, The Labour Party

Senator Ivana Bacik
The Labour Party

Hildegarde Naughton TD, Fine Gael

Hildegarde Naughton, TD
Fine Gael

Brian Stanley TD, Sinn Féin

Brian Stanley, TD
Sinn Féin

14.45
Afternoon networking break
15.00
Resource efficiency and the circular economy
  • Chair:
    Claire Downey, National Network Coordinator
    Community Reuse Network Ireland
  • Transitioning to a circular economy
    Cillian Lohan, Member
    European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform
  • Ireland’s waste policy and future outlook
    Matt Collins, Assistant Secretary
    Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment (invited)
  • Waste: A Welsh perspective
    Jasper Roberts, Head of Waste & Resource Efficiency Division
    Welsh Government
  • Resource management: Legal update
    Deborah Spence, Partner
    Arthur Cox
  • Sustainable business: Tackling food waste
    Tracey McDermott, Head of Trading Law and Technical
    Tesco Ireland
  • Questions & answers / panel discussion
15.00
Planning, infrastructure and the environment
  • Chair:
    Henk van der Kamp, Planning consultant
    Community Reuse Network Ireland
  • Does green infrastructure represent a sound investment opportunity?
    Speaker tbc
    Stockholm Environment Institute (invited)
  • Environmental challenges in implementing the National Planning Framework
    Tadhg O’Mahony, Senior Scientific Officer
    Environmental Protection Agency
  • Engaging communities on environmental issues
    Kate Ruddock, Deputy Director
    Friends of the Earth
  • The National Development Plan: Delivering for the environment
    Conall Boland, Deputy Chairperson
    An Bord Pleanála
  • Questions & answers / panel discussion
17.00
Conference close