5th National Waste Summit
era in Irish Waste Management?
27th & 28th
November 2007, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin
ministers controlling the environment agenda for the first time,
is this the dawning of a new era in Irish environmental policy?
Specifically, what influence will the Green agenda have on existing
waste management policy?
The National Waste Management Summit - now in its
fifth year - is Ireland's premier Waste Management event. This year,
the summit is a forum for debate and discussion among the private
and public sector on the current issues facing waste management
Organised by The Sunday Business Post and conference
partner - iQuest - the 5th National Waste Management Summit
will be an event of major interest to operators in the private sector
and local authorities. This year's summit promises a most impressive
line-up of speakers, international and national experts - all professionally
involved in all aspects of waste management.
Topics and questions that will be debated and discussed
at this year's event include -
- Can we expect major policy changes from the new government?
- What are the latest EU policy developments and what will
their impact be on Irish waste management policy?
- What are the implications of the revised Waste Framework
- What type of infrastructure should Ireland develop now
in order to meet our targets under the EU Landfill Directive?
- Does Ireland need a waste regulator?
- What are the barriers and solutions to creating a competitive
market in waste management?
- Biowaste - what are the impediments and solutions to developing
viable markets for compost?
- New waste technologies - what are the opportunities and
risks for Ireland?
- New European rules on waste shipments - what do they
mean for waste operators?
- Local Authority and private sector perspectives on the
challenges facing waste management in Ireland.
Who should attend
||Directors and senior managers in waste operations
||Local Authority directors and managers in charge
of environmental services
|Advisors to the waste management industry - legal,
financial, environmental, engineering
NEW at Waste 2007!
Beat the traffic
An 8.30am start-time has been introduced for Waste '07 and a 4.30pm
finish on both days - so that delegates spend less time travelling
to and from the event.
Events like this are where long-lasting and profitable business
relationships begin. The headaches are taken out of networking with
the morning Speed Networking session.
These brief meetings are the starting point for conversation and
networking throughout the summit.
Meet ... move on ... meet ... move on ... meet! Exchange business
cards with fellow summit delegates and industry peers - the best
50-minute networking session you've ever experienced!
John Gormley TD, Minister for the Environment,
Heritage & Local Government
||John Gormley represents the Dublin South East
constituency for the Green Party.
He was first elected to the Dáil in June 1997 and is
one of three Green Party members holding ministerial posts in
the current Government.
Timo Mäkelä, Director, Sustainable Development & Integration,
DG Environment, European Commission
||In his role, Mr Mäkelä is responsible
for sustainable development and economic analysis, sustainable
production and consumption - including waste management, environmental
research, science and innovation policies, as well as environmental
policies for the industry.
Mary Kelly, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency
||Ms Kelly previously worked with IBEC, where she
was involved in policy development in the environmental area.
She was involved in setting up REPAK - the packaging recycling
initiative - and was also a member of Comhar and the Advisory
Committee of the EPA.
Laetitia Reynaud, Policy & Communications Officer, European Federation
of Waste Management and Environmental Services (FEAD)
Waste Framework Directive, Greenhouse Gas, Safety, Quality Management
||FEAD is the European organisation which represents
national associations of waste management and environmental
services. Laetitia is responsible for FEAD WG1: Waste Shipments,
WG4: Biological Treatment, WG6: Landfill, WG8: Legal aspects,
competition and public procurement, as well as the Task Forces
Dr. Dominic Hogg, Director, Eunomia Research & Consulting, UK
involved in work which led to the introduction of a landfill tax in
||Dr Dominic Hogg has an Honours Degree in Physics
and a PhD in Economics. He has developed an international reputation
for innovative thinking on issues of a technical nature around
waste strategy, economics and procurement. He recently conducted
a critical review of Irish waste management policy and practice
Michael Layde, Principal Officer, Infrastructure & Regulation, Department
of Environment, Heritage & Local Government
||Michael's particular focus is on issues surrounding
waste management planning, infrastructure delivery and the regulation
of the waste management sector. His area of responsibility also
encompasses national policy on dealing with illegal waste activity.
Phillip Ward, Director for Waste Implementation Programmes, Waste
Resource & Action Programme (WRAP), UK
||Phillip Ward has direct responsibility for waste
minimisation programmes, for advice to local authorities on
collection systems and for training. He joined WRAP after 30
years in government - latterly as the Director of Local Government
Performance in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister.
David Fallon, Director of Services, Monaghan County Council
||David Fallon is Director of Services, Roads and
Environment, with Monaghan Co Co. He qualified with a Bachelor
of Engineering degree from UCD in 1976. He holds post graduate
diplomas in Computers and Management from Trinity College Dublin
and an MA in Local Government Management from the Institute
of Public Administration.
Florian Amlinger, Director of Compost - Consulting & Development
& Vice President - ECN/European Compost Network
This includes the assessment of nutrition value, nitrogen dynamic,
the assessment of PTEs and organic pollutants in composts of different
origins and greenhouse gas emissions from decentralised small-scale
||Florian has been involved in development of source
segregation systems, composting and compost application research
since 1986. He has participated in research on the process optimisation
of organic waste composting, the quality definition and best
practice of compost applications.
John Tierney, City Manager, Dublin City Council
||John Tierney began his local government career
with North Tipperary County Council in 1977. Prior to joining
Dublin City Council, he worked with eight different local authorities,
including holding the position of Manager of Galway City Council
and Manager of Fingal County Council.
Joe Schwager, MD, Juniper Consultancy Services, UK
This includes conventional solutions such as incineration and more
novel approaches such as MBT (mechanical-biological-treatment).
||Joe Schwager is the founder and Managing Director
of Juniper, the world's leading independent analyst of waste
technology solutions for waste management. Joe is an expert
on assessing the 'bankability' and risk factors that
determine commercial viability of waste management.
DAY 1 Tuesday, 27th November 2007
7.45 Coffee / Tea, light
breakfast & registration
8.30 Chairperson's opening
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning
8.35 OPENING ADDRESS: Future developments
in EU waste policy - towards sustainable production and consumption
Timo Mäkelä, Director, Sustainable
Development & Integration, Environment DG, European Commission
9.00 PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q&A; - What
should Ireland's revised waste policy priorities be?
A high-level discussion on waste policy priorities for Ireland,
EU policy developments and the impact of policies on the waste management
- Timo Mäkelä, Director, Sustainable
Development & Integration, Environment DG, European Commission
- Mary Kelly, Director General, Environmental
- Jim Kells, Chairman, Irish Waste Management
WASTE FRAMEWORK DIRECTIVE
The EU Waste Framework Directive outlines
guiding principles for the collection, transport, recovery and disposal
of waste and includes a common definition of waste. Political agreement
on a revised Framework Directive was reached in June 2007. What
does this mean for waste management in Ireland?
9.45 PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q&A; - Implications
of the revised Waste Framework Directive -
- Laetitia Reynaud, Policy & Communications
Officer, Federation of Waste Management & Environmental Services
- Gareth Kelly, Chief Operating Officer,
- Tom Tarpey, Senior Engineer, Environment
Sector, Limerick County Council
10.30 Introduction to Speed Networking
Tricia Murphy, TIG Alliance
10.35 Morning break
10.55 SPEED NETWORKING SESSION
In order to meet the EU Landfill
Directive targets set for Ireland, policy makers and industry operators
must speed up the delivery of waste management infrastructure. In
addition, a change in waste policy has been signalled by the Minister
- so, what are the implications and what type of infrastructure
should Ireland be investing in?
11.45 PANEL DISCUSSION with
Q&A; - Creating the waste infrastructure that Ireland needs
Uncertainty about market regulation and the emerging structure of
the industry, the lack of co-ordinated regional waste plans and
planning delays all act as impediments to accelerating infrastructure
Our panel discusses solutions to removing these barriers to infrastructure
delivery and debates the type of infrastructure Ireland should be
investing in -
- Dr Dominic Hogg, Director, Eunomia
Research & Consulting Ltd
- John Ahern, Managing Director, Indaver
- Larry O'Toole, Director of Waste &
Energy, RPS Group.
1.40 Welcome back from Chair
Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland
1.45 MINISTERIAL ADDRESS
John Gormley, TD, Minister for the Environment,
Heritage & Local Government
2.15 Financing Waste Management Infrastructure
Olaf Fitzsimmons, Associate Director, Ulster
Bank Corporate Banking
With an anticipated increase in the level
of acquisition and investment activity in the Irish waste management
sector over the coming years, this presentation covers the key issues
involved in successfully financing such acquisitions and investments.
MARKET REGULATION & COMPETITION
The increased involvement of the private
sector in an area traditionally serviced by the public sector has
given rise to much debate about the competitive structure of the
market. We explore the issues and hear an update from the Department
of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government on the current status
of waste regulation in Ireland.
2.45 Does Ireland need a waste regulator?
Michael Layde, Principal Officer, Infrastructure
and Regulation, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government
In 2006, the DOEHLG undertook a public consultation
on the best way to regulate the waste sector as well as the remit
and functions of a waste regulator. Our speaker gives an update
on the current issues on waste regulation and operation in Ireland.
3.15 Afternoon break
3.45 LOCKNOTE SESSION: PANEL DISCUSSION
WITH Q&A; - Competition in the waste market
Creating of a level playing field in the waste management market
- Declan Purcell, Head of Advocacy Division,
The Competition Authority
- Ted Nealon, Director, A1 Waste
- Matt Twomey, Assistant City Manager,
Environment & Engineering, Dublin City Council
4.30 Day 1 close
DAY 2 Wednesday,
28th November 2007
7.45 Coffee / Tea, light breakfast & registration
8.30 Chairperson's opening address
||Steve Cowman, Chief Executive,
WASTE PREVENTION STRATEGIES
While good at recycling, Irish households
and enterprises still produce much more waste than our European
counterparts. What are we doing to stem the tide of Ireland's waste
production and what can we learn from other countries?
8.40 OPENING ADDRESS: Waste prevention
& recycling - Experience in the UK
Phillip Ward, Director for Waste Implementation
Programmes, WRAP (Waste Resource & Action Programme) UK
Three of the major components of the domestic
waste stream are food, packaging and garden wastes. The UK has developed
programmes to address each of these areas, which draw on retail
supply chains and behavioural change, in equal measure. Our opening
presentation will explain the approach adopted and the degree of
9.15 CASE STUDY: Monaghan County Council
& The LAPD Programme
David Fallon, Director of Services, Monaghan
Launched by the Minister for the Environment
last year, the Local Authority Prevention Demonstration Programme
(LAPD Programme) is being piloted by Monaghan Co Co along with 6
other Local Authorities. The initiative is designed to prevent waste
in participating sectors and businesses and its findings will provide
a template for other waste prevention projects nationwide.
Countries that have succeeded in diverting
large quantities of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) from landfill,
employ central composting and have extensive separate collection
systems, well-established quality assurance schemes for compost
and compost standards.
9.50 INTERNATIONAL CASE STUDY: Austria
- a success story in composting
Florian Amlinger, Vice President, European
Compost Network, Germany
In Austria, source separation of biowaste
is one of the main and obligatory measures in waste management since
1992. Following a decentralisation strategy, today, up to 80% of
all inhabitants participate in source separation of biowaste. 600
composting plants treat the biowaste of 8.7 million inhabitants.
What lessons can Ireland learn?
10.30 Morning break
11.00 PANEL DISCUSSION WITH Q&A;: Composting
- impediments and solutions to developing viable markets in Ireland
for waste derived products -
- Percy Foster, Executive Administrator,
Cré - Composting Association of Ireland
- Tim Duggan, Managing Director, Enrich
- Liz Drew, Technical Officer, Southern
Waste Management Partnership (SWaMP), N. Ireland
- Gerry Bird, OCAE Consultants.
INNOVATION IN WASTE MANAGEMENT
11.50 CASE STUDY: FREE Trade - an innovative
online service from dublinwaste.ie
Warren Phelan, Senior Engineer, RPS Consulting
An innovative web-based scheme to reduce
the amount of waste going to landfill, the FREE Trade initiative
- launched by the four local authorities in the Dublin area - promotes
reuse by allowing people to give away unwanted goods for free, instead
of dumping them. Hear how the initiative is working and the communications
campaign used to promote the service.
1.45 Welcome back from Chair
Steve Cowman, Chief Executive, Greenstar
The afternoon session opens with a debate
between a Local Authority CEO and the Irish Waste Management Association,
who represent private operators.
Each person will speak for 20 minutes giving their perspective on
the challenges facing the Irish waste management sector.
Delegates are encouraged to put their questions and points to both
1.50 Waste Management - A Local Authority
John Tierney, City Manager, Dublin City
John Tierney, Dublin City Manager, will
set out the issues and challenges in the Waste Management sector
and how these are being dealt with from a local government perspective
in the Dublin Region. This will include comments on policy and practice
in relation to waste collection, disposal, recycling and regulation.
2.10 Waste Management - A Private Sector
Erik O'Donovan, Director, Irish Waste Management
Erik O'Donovan of the Irish Waste Management
Association will present a private sector perspective on developments,
opportunities and challenges in the Irish waste and resource management
sector. This discussion will include perspectives on policy, regulation
2.30 Open discussion with Q&A;
2.45 Afternoon break
WASTE TO ENERGY TECHNOLOGIES
An evaluation of the potential and risks
of the latest waste treatment technologies
3.10 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: New waste
technologies - opportunities and risks for Ireland
Joe Schwager, MD, Juniper Consultancy Services,
What are the alternatives to incineration?
Are there new approaches that could be more sustainable? Juniper,
the world's leading independent analyst of waste technologies, presents
some alternatives that are under development around the world and
The new rule on the trans-frontier shipment
of waste took effect last July. What changes does this entail to
the shipment of waste within and outside of the Community?
3.50 LOCKNOTE ADDRESS: New European rules
on waste shipments - what does it mean for waste operators?
Martina Duignan, National TFS Office, Dublin
- The role of the National TFS Office
- Guidelines for exporting waste from and
importing waste into the Republic of Ireland
- Exporting waste to countries and transit
countries outside the EU
- Enforcement of the new Regulation (EC)
No.1013/2006 on shipments of waste.
4.30 Chairperson's closing remarks
Ulster Bank is a major force in business and corporate banking
in Ireland. As a member of the Royal Bank of Scotland group - one
of the world's largest banks - Ulster Bank can deliver world-class
solutions at a local level. Its comprehensive network of 272 branches
and 32 Business Centres nationwide offers a wide range of business
banking solutions to meet the requirements of all customers.
Ulster Bank's services include - Personal Banking,
Wealth Management, Treasury Solutions, Working Capital and Property
Finance. In fact, Ulster Bank states that it's because of its focus
on the delivery of smart banking solutions and packages for businesses
at every level, that the bank has just been awarded the KPMG Business
Banking Excellence Award for the third year running. As the bank
states - 'It's something we're very proud of - you could say
that we've all the capabilities of a large Bank with the heart and
soul of a small one'.
RPS Group is a leading Irish consultancy in waste management,
planning, transportation, engineering, energy and environmental
matters. RPS has close on 40 years' experience of providing environmentally
sustainable solutions to the public and private sectors. The company
works in partnership with all stakeholders on individual studies
RPS are authors of most of Ireland's regional waste
management plans and advise Government, local authorities and the
private sector on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, energy
recovery and residual disposal.
RPS is also a global energy company with offices in
Ireland, UK, Netherlands, USA, Canada and Australia. The company
has been at the forefront of the Irish Energy business for over
20 years and is currently retained on a number of major infrastructural
projects - including the Shell Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline and North
South Electricity Interconnector for Eirgrid. RPS also assist Sustainable
Energy Ireland (SEI) on many renewable studies and currently operate
one of their advice hotlines on building efficiency.
Greenstar is Ireland's largest integrated waste management
company and provides services and infrastructure at each level of
the waste management hierarchy to commercial customers, as well
as domestic refuse and recycling collections and skip hire.
Greenstar offers a fully-compliant, transparent and
traceable service with respect to collection, materials recovery,
recycling, biological treatment - as well as consultation, education,
research and environmental and waste auditing.
Since its inception in 1999, Greenstar has invested
€240 million in infrastructure and strategic acquisitions and
has increased employment from 100 to over 500 in 34 locations nationwide.
Greenstar operates materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in Wicklow,
Sligo, Cork and Dublin - including Millennium Park, the country's
largest and most sophisticated automated recycling facility which
can divert between 70-85% of waste from landfill.
Greenstar also owns and operates four EPA-licensed,
state-of-the-art residual landfill facilities at - Kilcullen, Co
Kildare, Knockharley, County Meath, Kilconnell, Co Galway and Ballynagran,
Co Wicklow. Greenstar has been awarded the Green Apple Award
for excellence in landfill operations.
Irish Waste Management Association (IWMA) - which is affiliated
to the Irish Business and Employers Confederation (IBEC - www.ibec.ie)
- is the national representative body for the legitimate waste management
industry in Ireland.
The IWMA is a member of the European Federation of
Waste Management and Environmental services (FEAD, www.fead.be).
Membership consists of a broad spectrum of companies involved in
collection, recycling, recovery, treatment and disposal of various
hazardous and non-hazardous waste streams from urban and rural areas
and providing waste management solutions for both the public and
The Association aims to improve standards and promote
the development of the waste management sector as a recognised,
professional and well-regulated industry.
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