Environment Ireland 2006

Environment Ireland is Ireland's largest annual conference on environmental policy and management. With the success of last year's inaugural event, this year the conference and exhibition have been moved to the larger Burlington Hotel venue

The event - which is organised in association with the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government - will take place over two days - 4th and 5th September 2006 - allowing maximum opportunity for all those with an interest in environmental issues to attend.

With environmental issues of increasing importance across all sectors, the past 12 months have seen much activity and significant progress across a number of key areas.

The expert speaker panel at Environment Ireland (comprising leading commentators both from within Ireland and further afield) will examine key environmental issues in a thoughtful and considered way.

There is an important North-South dimension to the conference, which will highlight existing areas of best practice - as well as drawing attention to policy areas, where all-island co-operation can be initiated or extended.

The conference is structured into plenary and workshop sessions, which will examine issues such as -

environmental policy and regulation;
resource/waste management;
the built environment;
transport and the environment;
water resources - and
climate change.

There will be plentiful opportunities for delegates to meet with speakers - asking questions and seeking clarification on key points, both within the conference sessions and during the informal networking breaks. To access the full list of speakers - Click Here

Running as a backdrop to the plenary and workshop programme will be a lively exhibition. This presents an excellent opportunity for those with goods and services to offer to build profile before a key audience. Delegates will be given maximum time to visit the exhibition and speak with exhibitors - a valuable source of information and expertise. For more information on exhibition opportunities - Click Here

Who should attend?
Environment Ireland 2006 will be of interest to all senior managers and officials for whom environmental issues are important, including -

  • Chief Executives/Managing Directors
  • General Managers
  • Senior Policy Makers
  • Environmental Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Engineering and Maintenance Managers
  • Operations Managers
  • Regulatory Officials
  • Facilities Managers
  • Engineering Contractors
  • Building Services Managers
  • Planning Professionals
  • Business Analysts
  • Development Agency Managers
  • Local Government Officials
  • Environment Consultants
  • Legal Advisors.

For more information on the conference and exhibition - Click Here
To register online - Click Here - or telephone +353 (0) 1 661 3755.




DAY 1 - 4th September 2006

8.00 Registration and Coffee

9.00 Chairman's Welcome & Introduction
Tom O'Mahony, Assistant Secretary
, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government

9.05 PLENARY SESSION: Environmental Policy and Strategy in Ireland

  • Ministerial Address: Irish Environmental Policy and Priorities
    Dick Roche TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage & Local Government
  • Irelandís Environment: the State of Play
    Mary Kelly, Director General, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Priorities for Northern Ireland
    Richard Rogers, Chief Executive, Environment and Heritage Service

Questions & Answers Session


Networking Break: Morning Coffee


11.00 PLENARY SESSION: Delivering Effective Environmental Regulation

  • Review of Environmental Governance in Northern Ireland
    Tom Burke, Environmental Policy Advisor, RIO TINTO and Chairman, Northern Ireland Review of Environmental Governance
  • Creating the Environment for Better Health
    David Stanners, Head of Strategic Knowledge & Innovation, European Environment Agency
  • Effective Enforcement of Environmental Regulations
    Dara Lynott, Director of Environmental Enforcement, Environmental Protection Agency
  • Environmental Management in the Board Room
    Padraig McManus, Chief Executive, ESB

Questions and Answers/Discussion


12.45 Conference Lunch


2.00 The afternoon programme on Day 1 features a plenary session on Resource Management and two workshops examining the Built Environment and Transport and the Environment.

The workshops will run concurrently with the plenary session and will take place in the Ulster Room. Registration for the workshops will take place at the conference and will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

14:00 - PLENARY SESSION: Resource Management

  • Chair
    Debbie Boyd, Director, Would-U-Like Group
  • Ensuring Effective Competition in Waste Collection
    Dr Paul Gorecki, Director, Mergers Division, Competition Authority
  • Recycling Packaging Waste Efficiently
    Andrew Hetherington, Chief Executive Officer, Repak
  • Capturing Environmental Benefits from Waste Management
    Steve Cowman, Chief Executive, Greenstar
Question and Answer Session followed by Afternoon Coffee/Networking Break
  • Waste: Dealing with Community Concern
    Dr Salim Vohra, Principal, Peter Brett Associates
  • Getting Maximum Participation in Recycling
    Eamonn Hore, Head of Environment, Wexford County Council
  • Reviewing the National Hazardous Waste Strategy
    Conall Boland, Technical Director, RPS Group

Questions & Answers - Panel Discussion

14.00 - Built Environment Workshop

  • Chair
    Duncan Stewart, RTE
  • Strategies for Sustainability in the Built Environment
    Professor Owen Lewis, Department of Architecture, University College Dublin
  • Delivering Sustainable Urban Development
    SeŠn Harrington, Partner, SeŠn Harrington Architects
  • Low Environmental Impact Housing
    Jonathan Jennings, Research & Development Manager, Century Homes

Questions & Answers - Panel Discussion

15:30 Transport and the Environment Workshop

  • Chair
    Stephen Aston, Head of Strategy Group, Environment and Heritage Service
  • Sustainable Transport Policies
    Dr Eimear Cotter, Integrated Transport Unit, Department of Transport
  • Strategies to Reduce Greenhouse Gases in Irish Transport
    Lisa Ryan, Research Fellow, University College Dublin
  • Integration of Environment Measures into the National Roads Scheme
    Vincent OíMalley, Environment Manager, National Roads Authority

Questions & Answers - Panel Discussion


17.00 Environment Ireland Drinks Reception - Courtesy of the European Commission


DAY 2 - 5th September 2006

8.30 Registration & Coffee

Chairmanís Welcome and Introductory Remarks
Donal Buckley, Head of Environment, IBEC

09:05 - PLENARY SESSION: Environmental Managers Forum

  • Effective Environmental Governance: A Legal Perspective
    Deborah Spence, Partner, Arthur Cox
  • Best Practice Environmental Management in Industry
    Martin Tynan, Engineering Manager, Glanbia
  • Capturing the Business Benefits of Better Environmental Management
    John Curran, Group Environmental Executive, Musgrave Group

Question and Answer Session followed by Afternoon Coffee/Networking Break

  • Risk Communication, Risk Perception and Environmental Decision Making
    Professor David J Ball, Centre for Risk Management, Middlesex University
  • Environmental Risk Assessment
    Terrie Burns, Senior Environmental Consultant, ERM Ireland
  • The Role of Environmental Management Systems in Regulation
    Martin Baxter, Technical Director, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment

Questions & Answers - Panel Discussion

09.15 - Water Resources Workshop

  • Chair
    Dr Jim Bowman, Environmental Monitoring Unit, Environmental Protection Agency
  • North South Share River Basin Management
    Tony McNally, Project Co-ordinator, NS Share Project
  • Investing in Water Infrastructure
    George Butler, Director of Engineering & Procurement, Water Service (NI) (invited)
  • Integrated Water Resource Management
    Tom Leahy, Deputy City Engineer, Dublin City Council


Questions & Answers - Panel Discussion

12.45 Conference Lunch


14.00 PLENARY SESSION: Ireland's Changing Climate

  • Chairmanís Opening Remarks
    Martin Territt, Director, European Commission Representation in Ireland
  • The Changing Irish Climate: Past and Future Trends
    Ray McGrath, Project Manager, Community Climate Change Consortium for Ireland (C4I)
  • Irelandís Response to Climate Change: Policy Priorities
    Owen Ryan, Head of Climate Change, Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local Government
  • Taking an All-island Approach to Addressing Climate Change
    John Woods, Director, Northern Ireland, Friends of the Earth
  • Climate Change and the Economy
    Sue Scott, Environment Policy Research Centre, Economic and Social Research Institute



To view the Conference Brochure - Click Here



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