The 6th National Waste Summit

There is no time to waste

26th & 27th November 2008, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin

In order to avoid massive fines from the EU, Ireland must meet it’s commitment to landfill significantly less waste - starting in 2010. With the deadline looming, the country has a major challenge on it hands.

The National Waste Summit, now in its 6th year, is Ireland’s premier Waste Management conference. Organised by The Sunday Business Post and iQuest, this event is Ireland’s most important forum for today’s waste management professionals, environmental managers, policy-makers and senior business professionals. The event will act as a strategic forum for all those interested in ensuring that Ireland has sustainable environmental waste management policies in place for the future.

This year’s summit will explore the options open to Ireland in the light of the pressing need to fulfil our EU commitment to landfill only 1 million tonnes of waste in 2010 and only 0.45million tonnes by 2016. With 2010 looming, can Ireland move fast enough to meet its targets under the EU Landfill Directive?

The main sponsors of the event this year are - Ulster Bank, RPS Group and Greenstar.

Event Summary -

  • Forfás 2008 Waste Benchmarking report & Ireland’s performance in this area
  • Developing a competitive waste management market
  • Waste management in Ireland at the crossroads and options for change
  • Revised Waste Framework Directive
  • Vision for the future - perspectives from local authorities and private sector
  • Bio-waste - developments in compost standards and brown bin schemes
  • Legislation update
  • Safety leadership for waste operators
  • Recycling & recovery – policy, case studies including MBT plants in action
  • Bio-energy – Ireland’s first bio-energy plan and perspectives from an operator in Ireland
  • Progress on the revised Dublin Waste Management plan.

Who should attend -

  • Directors and Senior Managers in waste operators

  • Local Authority directors and managers in charge of environmental services

  • Advisers to the waste industry - legal, financial, environmental, engineering.

Organisations which have attended previous summits include such well-known names as:
The Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Waste Management Association, Indaver Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Repak Ltd, TES Consulting Engineers, RPS Group, eircom, Ernst & Young, Greenstar, AIB, Bord na Mona, White Young Green, One 51, A1 Waste, Greyhound Recycling, Waterford CC, William Fry Solicitors, Garda Siochána, Revenue Commissioners, Dublin CC, Monaghan CC, Longford CC, Limerick CC, Wexford CC, A&L Goodbody, ESB, Cork CC, Enterprise Ireland, Deloitte & Touche, PwC, Donegal CC, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC, An Bord Pleanála, BDO Simpson Xavier, Bowen Group, KPMG, Super Drug Ltd, Construction Industry Federation, IIB Bank, Offaly CC, Westmeath CC, N.Tipperary CC, Sligo CC, Wicklow CC, Ulster Bank, Adelaide & Meath Hospital, St. James’ Hospital, Siemens Ireland, South Dublin CC, IAWS, Irish Blood Transfusion Service, Arthur Cox, Galway CC, NTR, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, Tetra Pak, Repak, Panda Waste, Competition Authority, Forfás, Ascon, Thorntons Recyling, Donegal Creameries plc.

Comments on previous Waste Summits from delegate surveys -

"Excellent conference, very informative, good balance between issues of policy, public sector and private sector..."

"Outstanding chairing by Áine Lawlor"

"Very well organised event..."

"The National Waste Summit has provided a much needed platform for constructive and insightful discussion and has, in a short space of time, established itself as a key date in the waste calendar."
Larry O’Toole, Director, Waste & Energy, RPS

"All good and very informative and interesting."

Paul Devaney, Offaly County Council.

Speakers include -

Michael Kitt, TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government
Michael Kitt represents the constituency of Galway East and was first elected to the Dáil in 1975.

Dr Jonathan Healy, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy, National Competitiveness & Infrastructure Dept, Forfás
Jonathan Healy is an environmental economist and was educated at UCD where he received BA, MSc and PhD degrees in economics. He is currently a Senior Policy Analyst in the National Competitiveness and Infrastructure Department in Forfás, with responsibility for environmental policy.

Dr John Curtis, Economist, Environmental Protection Agency
John has a PhD in environmental economics and previously worked with the Economic and Social Research Institute where his research focused on fisheries and waste issues. Since joining the EPA, he has prepared a number of discussion papers.

James Greyson, Senior Sustainability Analyst,
Sustainability Analyst, James Greyson runs BlindSpot, a UN-recognised global think-tank which was established in 2005. As a member of the UN Climate Neutral Network, BlindSpot develops policies for businesses and communities to become climate neutral. The think-tank provides research and advice on unexplored options for sustainability and how major global problems can be rapidly reversed.

Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer, DG Environment, Unit G4 - Sustainable Production & Consumption, EU Commission
Andreas studied Law and Political Sciences at Free University, Berlin. From 1990 to 2007, he worked as Legal Officer in the Ministry for Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection of the Land, Brandenburg, Germany. Since 2007 he has been Policy Officer at the European Commission, DG Environment.

Ray O’Dwyer, County Manager, Waterford County Council
Ray O’Dwyer is Waterford County Manager - having previously held a variety of managerial and professional posts with other local authorities. He is chairperson of the City & County Managers’ Environmental Committee and a member of the EPA Environmental Enforcement Network.

Mary Darlington, BSc., CFIOSH, MIES, FCIPD, Director - Darlington Consulting
Mary holds a BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Management from UCD, together with qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment Management and HR Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of both IOSH and CIPD and a corporate member of Irish Ergonomics Society. She spent 13 years in various HR roles before getting involved in health and safety with Bausch and Lomb in Waterford, where she was Safety & Environment Manager for over eight years. She set up her own consultancy in 1996.

Paul Delahunty, Executive Engineer, Environment Section, Wexford County Council
Paul has six years experience in charge of refuse and recycling in Wexford County Council’s Environment Section. The Council has 18,000 refuse customers and Paul managed the implementation of the green bin for dry recyclables in 2005/6 to the Council’s refuse customers. He is now preparing for the introduction of the brown bin.

Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf, Erasmus University Rotterdam (SEOR), The Netherlands
Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf is deputy director of SEOR and fellow of the Rotterdam School of Economics (both Erasmus University, Rotterdam). He has 16 years experience in scientific-based project research at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main specialisation is industrial organisation, competition policy, regulation and environmental policy. He wrote his PhD on the Dutch waste market, published many articles about waste issues and is the editor of the recently-published Kluwer book - The waste market: Institutional developments in Europe.
He has also published on economic issues of drinking water, electricity, postal services, healthcare and education.

Alex Marshall, Project Manager - AD & MBT, Clarke Energy
Alex's background is in business development opportunities for anaerobic digestion (AD) and mechanical biological treatment (MBT). He works closely with HAASE technologies. He has worked for two international MBT equipment and technology suppliers - one in Germany and one in Israel. Alex also spent a year with RPS Group's waste team in Bristol where he worked as adviser to WRAP on anaerobic digestion technologies and conducted two market studies into the refuse-derived fuel market in Britain.

Pearse O’Kane, CEO, Bedminster International Group
Pearse is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business as well as the strategic development of the group, including global green-field projects and acquisitions. Previously, Pearse was employed for a number of years with Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI), eventually establishing his own unique Plastics Technology business, which he later sold to the German conglomerate, Hoechst AG. Since joining Bedminster in 2003, Pearse has spearheaded a number of key business initiatives, including the development of the Bedminster BioEnergy Solution.

Matt Twomey, Assistant City Manager, Environment & Engineering, Dublin City Council
Matt Twomey is the Assistant City Manager with responsibility for Environment and Engineering Services with Dublin City Council. These services include Water Supply, Drainage, Waste Management and Fire, Rescue and Emergency Management - all of which are delivered on a regional basis in Dublin. He is a graduate of UCD and his entire career has been with the Dublin Local Authorities.



DAY 1 Wed. 26th November 2007

7.45 Coffee/Tea, light breakfast & registration

8.30 Chairman’s opening address
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland

Michael P Kitt, TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government

8.50 OPENING ADDRESS:Waste Management - Opportunities & Challenges for Ireland
Dr. Jonathan Healy, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy, National Competitiveness & Infrastructure Dept, Forfás

The results of the recently-updated Forfás benchmarking analysis of waste management and Ireland’s performance in this area. The speaker will also present the results of a Forfás/InterTradeIreland study exploring the enterprise opportunities in the environmental goods and services area, with the focus on waste.


9.15 Developing a competitive waste management industry
Robert O’Shea, Director, Irish Waste Management Association

The private sector is the main provider of commercial and industrial waste services, manages approx. three-quarters of municipal waste and is the principal service provider in 22 of the 34 local authority areas. Policy-makers must recognise this as they develop the next generation of Irish waste management policies to ensure a competitive waste management market.

9.40 Waste Management in Ireland: At the crossroads in meeting EU targets
P.J. Rudden, Group Business Director, RPS

  • Reflections on the progress made on the transformation of the waste management sector over the past 10 years based on the policies of successive governments.
  • What is the likely outcome of the DOEHLG International Review?
  • What are the principal policy options available to Government and which ones are most likely to meet upcoming EU Directive targets for biodegradable & packaging waste?

10.05 Q&A

10.25 Morning break


The latest data from the EPA show that 1.4 million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) was landfilled in 2006. By 2010, we must landfill only 1 million tonnes of BMW and 0.45 million tonnes by 2016 - time is not on our side. Can Ireland move fast enough to meet its targets under the EU Landfill Directive?

10.55 Hitting the targets for Biodegradable Municipal Waste
Dr John Curtis, Economist, Environmental Protection Agency

Dr Curtis will outline the scale of the waste management challenge over the next two decades, with particular focus on biodegradable municipal waste (BMW) and present some recent research results on management options.

11.20 Meeting Ireland’s Waste targets: Private industry’s recommendations to 'Answer Ireland’s Call'
Jerry Dempsey, MD, Commercial Services, Greenstar

Modern Ireland no longer accepts glorious failure, which current policy is destined for. The speaker will outline immediate steps and measures that will help Ireland meet its targets under the EU Landfill Directive.

11.40 Impact of the mandatory Commercial Brown Bin
Percy Foster, CEO, Cré - Composting Association of Ireland

Ireland is taking the first step towards banning biodegradable waste from landfill. Under new legislation being drafted, all commercial premises will be legally obliged to segregate food waste. Our speaker considers the impact of this necessary step towards meeting our EU commitments.

12.00 Discussion of the issues with questions from delegates

12.25 LUNCH - sponsored by A&L Goodbody

1.45 Welcome back from Chair
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland

1.50 Waste Management - the International Dimension
Olaf Fitzsimmons, Associate Director, Ulster Bank

Ulster Bank is part of the RBS Group with exposure to - and experience of - the waste sector internationally. This discussion will consider the characteristics of the Irish waste management sector in comparison to international experience and determine what insights might apply to the Irish market.


2.15 The revised Waste Framework Directive
Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer, DG Environment, Unit G4 – Sustainable Production & Consumption, EU Commission

  • Introduction
  • What are the most important issues?
  • How does the WFD fit into the EC’s policy on waste management & sustainable use of resources?
  • Future actions of the Commission on foot of the revised WFD

2.40 Q&A

2.50 Afternoon break


What will the waste management of the future be like? We’ll hear a variety of views on what tomorrow’s waste service could look like…

3.15 AFTERNOON KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Zero-disposal is no longer a dream!
James Greyson, Senior Sustainability Analyst,

Disposal-based solutions to our waste problem, such as landfill, incineration and MBT are now obsolete. An innovative economic tool called Precycling Insurance developed by the NATO Science Programme makes it possible to drive economic growth by rapidly preventing waste, climate change and the loss of nature.

3.40 LOCKNOTE SESSION: CEO Panel - A Vision for Waste Management in Ireland
A panel of CEOs from the public and private sector have been invited to give their vision for waste management in Ireland - where do they see the sector in 5 years time? Delegates are encouraged to join the discussion with comments and questions.

- John Ahern, CEO, Indaver Ireland
- Ray O’Dwyer, County Manager, Waterford County Council
- David O’Connor, County Manager, Fingal County Council
- Tim Duggan, CEO, Enrich Ltd

4.30 Day 1 close

DAY 2 Thurs 27th November 2007

7.45 Coffee/Tea, light breakfast & registration

8.30 Chairperson's opening address
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland


8.35 Safety Leadership - Protecting your workers, your reputation and assets
Mary Darlington, Director, Darlington Consulting

Guidelines published last year by the Health & Safety Authority outline your responsibilities as directors and senior managers for safety and health in your organisation. Why should you manage health and safety at all? What are the benefits of creating a positive health & safety culture in your organisation? What are the penalties when things go terribly wrong?


9.05 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Policy choices in reducing the environmental impact of household waste
Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf, Erasmus University Rotterdam (SEOR), The Netherlands

The keynote speaker, a renowned waste specialist economist in the Netherlands, presents new research on residential tariff systems to maximise recycling and minimise unsorted collected waste. What should be done with the remaining unsorted waste?
This speaker also compares all the costs and benefits of landfilling and incineration, which shows that landfilling is not as bad as the EC thinks - and, in light of this, he has some recommendations for Ireland.

9.35 CASE STUDY: Reasons to Recycle
Dean Keating, Sales Manager, Reuse Reward

With just one in five plastic bottles and aluminium cans being recycled in Ireland, a new Irish bottle and can recycling venture offers people incentives to recycle.

10.00 Q&A

10.20 Morning break


10.50 Update on new waste legislation & regulations
Alison Fanagan, Head of Environmental & Planning Group, A&L Goodbody

Alison Fanagan will bring you up-to-date on the changes brought about by the recent regulations on facility and collection permits and broker registration. She will also cover where we are with the Environmental Liability Directive and highlight some important changes made to the Waste Management Act relevant to civil and criminal liability.


11.10 Developing a Compost Standard & Quality
Percy Foster, CEO, Cré – Composting Association of Ireland

Assurance Scheme in the Composting industry
The results of a research project conducted by Cré and funded by the EPA, to develop a compost quality standard for source separated materials. The presentation will then outline the next step which is to develop a Compost Quality Assurance Scheme for the industry.

11.30 CASE STUDY: The Commercial Brown Bin: A Success Story
Chris Culleton, Ferrycarrig Hotel, Wexford

Waste management has become a serious cost and, as such, deserves serious attention.

11.55 CASE STUDY: Domestic Brown Bin pilot scheme in Co.Wexford
Paul Delahunty, Executive Engineer, Environmental Section, Wexford County Council

Wexford CC initiated a pilot project in Enniscorthy in November 2007, with 330 customers using small 60 litre brown bins (as opposed to 140l or 240l bins used in most other schemes). Our speaker details the scheme and encouraging results to-date.

12.20 Q&A

12.30 LUNCH

1.45 Welcome from the Chair
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland


MBT processes incorporate mechanical sorting and separation of the waste stream to separate the biodegradable materials - which are sent to a biological process - from the non-biodegradable materials.

1.50 INTERNATIONAL PROJECT CASE STUDIES: MBT plants in action - an introduction to the HAASE; MBT-AD technology
Alex Marshall, Project Manager - AD & MBT, Clarke Energy

Clarke Energy is the distributor of the market-leading HAASE MBT & wet AD technologies, in use in 46 sites across the world. We’ll hear case studies for different MBT-AD facilities in Lübeck, Göttingen & Schwarze Elster in Germany and Valetta in Malta. Clarke HAASE is also scheduled to commission 3 MBT plants in Manchester over the next few years.

2.15 Q&A


2.25 South-East Bio-Energy Plan 2008-2013
Bernadette Guinan, Associate, Feehily Timony & Co

The presentation by the consultants involved in the development of the plan includes -

  • Drivers for bio-energy development
  • The scope and potential for bio-energy in the region
  • Barriers to development
  • Synergies between waste management and bio-energy generation

2.50 Q&A

2.55 Afternoon break

3.20 CASE STUDY: Solutions to Ireland’s waste & energy issues: Bedminster International

Pearse O’Kane, CEO, Bedminster International

Bedminster International offers a carbon-neutral solution to convert biodegradable waste into renewable energy. As an alternative to landfill and incineration, the prospects for this solution are obvious - or are they? Even though Bedminster is based in Ireland, it does not operate a plant here. We’ll find out why from the company’s CEO, who gives his perspective on the Irish market.

3.45 Q&A


Earlier this year, the four Dublin Local Authorities have varied the Waste Management Plan for the Dublin Region to 2010 to ensure their ambitious recycling targets of 50% are met. We’ll hear the details…

3.50 Dublin Regional Waste Management Plan 2005-2010 – A Progress Report
Matt Twomey, Assistant City Manager, Environment & Engineering, Dublin City Council

Update on the implementation of the main objectives of the Dublin Region Waste Plan. The presentation will cover areas such as Prevention/Awareness, Collection/Recycling, Infrastructural Development and Regulation/Enforcement.

4.15 Q&A

4.25 Chairman’s closing remarks and summit close



Ulster Bank’s dynamic innovation in the Irish market and our focus on exceptional client service is recognised by our award-winning record which includes winning the KPMG Financial Services Excellence Awards for the past four years. Companies that work with Ulster Bank have access to a truly global network of 3,000 partner banks in 140 countries. Ulster Bank is part of the RBS Group, recently ranked the No. 3 bank in the world by The Banker magazine. With the recent ABN Amro acquisition by RBS, our global capabilities are truly unique for an Irish bank - it's why our corporate client base is one of the fastest growing in Ireland.

Ulster Bank Group is a leading provider of financial services in Ireland with 286 branches and 52 business banking offices. Our experience extends across all sectors and regions of Ireland, with dedicated Corporate Banking teams in Dublin, Cork and Limerick. An increasing number of corporate and multinational companies choose to bank with us because we understand their needs and have the capability to deliver effective, dynamic solutions - we make it happen.

Our progressive and entrepreneurial approach is ideally suited to supporting new sectors and industries that are pushing the boundaries of our economy. Every day we’re helping to provide financial solutions for individuals and organisations that are breaking new ground in their sectors. Waste management is one such business area, characterised by innovation and creativity. We understand what it takes to tackle the challenges of this sector and we know how to help generate success. We provide the financial energy behind Ireland’s innovation and growth.

RPS is a leading Irish Consultancy in waste management, sustainability, planning, transportation, engineering, energy and environmental matters. We have close to 40 years experience of providing environmentally sustainable solutions to the public and private sectors. We work in partnership with all stakeholders on individual studies and projects.

We are authors of most of Ireland’s regional waste management plans and advise Government and local authorities - together with the private sector - on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, energy recovery and residual disposal. We are authors of the award-winning FREE Trade website for Dublin City Council.

RPS assisted the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government with the National Biodegradable Waste Strategy and Forfás with their recent international benchmarking report. We were also recently appointed to manage the National Market Development Group for Waste Resources on behalf of the Department and Enterprise Ireland.

RPS has advised the local authorities in Dublin, Belfast, Cork, Galway and Limerick on the planning and development of integrated waste infrastructure with respect to recycling, composting, MBT, waste-to-energy and residual landfill.

We increasingly work for the private sector and can provide assessments on due diligence, innovative technologies and development of waste infrastructure generally - including the planning of projects under the Strategic Infrastructure Act. RPS IS also increasingly working on international projects in the UK, mainland Europe and further afield.

Greenstar is Ireland’s largest provider of environmental, waste management and recycling services - offering customers a fully-compliant, transparent and traceable service in collection, materials recovery, recycling, biological treatment - e.g. composting and residual landfill. Additional services include consultation, education, research and environmental and waste auditing.

Since 1999, Greenstar has invested €275m in infrastructure and strategic acquisitions and currently employs 700 people in 40 locations nationwide. Greenstar plans to invest upwards of €250m over the next four years.

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 owns and operates four EPA licensed, state-of-the-art residual landfill facilities in Counties Kildare, Meath, Galway and Wicklow. The company was recently awarded the prestigious Chartered Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), PEEL People’s Cup for operational excellence of a waste management facility for its residual landfill facility at Ballynagran, Co.Wicklow.

Greenstar currently offers domestic waste services in eight counties nationwide - including Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Sligo, Kilkenny, Dublin and Mayo.


You can promote your business face-to-face with waste industry decision-makers attending this event.

For details, contact:
Marion Wallace
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[email protected]


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