The Future of WEEE Management in Ireland

The WEEE Directive, which came into force in Ireland on the 13th of August 2005, was an extremely significant piece of legislation for producers and retailers of electrical and electronic equipment. The experience gained since August ‘05 makes this Conference both timely and necessary.

The National Conference will enable all those impacted to evaluate the experiences and lessons learned during the implementation of the Regulations over the past 15 months. Furthermore, key issues and concerns remain, in particular -

our management of business-to-business WEEE
retailers’ concerns in the execution of the Regulations - and
the future direction and review of WEEE Policy.

The Conference aims to provide participants with an opportunity to hear how national and European policy is developing, how WEEE is managed internationally, solutions for the management of “B2B” WEEE, case studies from retailers regarding the application of regulatory obligations and panel discussions from key stakeholders on the current issues following enactment of the WEEE Regulations in Ireland.

For all those seeking greater clarification on the WEEE Regulations - and for those who wish to prepare for future changes - the National WEEE Conference will allow delegates to hear from and engage with the key personalities influencing the management of WEEE in Ireland.

This major national event - to be addressed by Mr. Dick Roche, TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government - takes place on the 21st of November 2006 in Citywest Hotel, Dublin. Conference speakers will include a range of national and international experts from organisations such as the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, the Swedish Waste Management Association, EuroCommerce, the WEEE Register Society, WEEE Ireland, ERP, the EPA, the Irish Waste Management Association and WEEE business-leaders.




08.15 - Registration


Mr. Pat Macken, Principal Officer, Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government.

08.45 - Chair's Opening Address

09.00 - Policy Overview and the Future Review of the WEEE Directive

Keynote Address
Mr. David Perchard, International Public Affairs Consultant
David is the established expert in Europe on WEEE policy. For the past 20 years, David has been heavily involved in the development of several European WEEE policy documents and in influencing the direction of this policy on behalf of major international clients.

Q & A

09.45 - An International Perspective on WEEE Management

Panel views and case studies from international experts on the management, control and administration of WEEE.

Mr. Filip Geerts, President, WEEE Forum, Europe
Mr. Umberto Raiteri, CEO, ERP Europe
Ms. Jessica Christiansen, Technical Advisor, Swedish Waste Management Association

Case Study 1
What happens to Irish WEEE?
Expert opinion and analysis from a major transnational WEEE processor on the international treatment and recycling of WEEE from Ireland.

Q & A

11.15 - COFFEE


Mr. Donal Buckley, Assistant Director, IBEC

11.30 - Future Control of Irish Business-to-Business WEEE
Major policy discussion addressing the prominent issues regarding B2B WEEE management in Ireland and the key changes expected over the coming months.

Mr. Aidan Turnbull, Head of WEEE, RoHS and Ecodesign, Environ UK Ltd. - Author: WEEE Register Report on Irish B2B WEEE Management & Policy, to be published in Q4, 2006.

Case Study 2
How do major producers of electrical and electronic equipment deal with B2B WEEE?
Expert advice from a major multinational manufacturer on the management of B2B WEEE.

Case Study 3
Is there scope for managing B2B WEEE through compliance schemes?
The experience of a closed loop B2B compliance scheme.

Q & A

13.00 - Lunch


Mr. Jim Killeen, Chair, Environment Policy Committee, IBEC

14.00 - Ministerial Address
Mr. Dick Roche, TD, Minister for Environment, Heritage and Local Government

14.20 - WEEE in Ireland: Current Issues & Future Changes
A panel discussion engaging the key stakeholders and organisations influencing the management of WEEE in Ireland – a reflection on one year’s experience and looking forward to changes in Irish WEEE management.

Mr. Leo Donovan, CEO, WEEE Ireland
Mr. John Hayes, Executive Officer, ERP Ireland
Mr. Dominic Henry, Registration Manager, WEEE Register
Mr. Sean McGarry, IWMA
Dr. Gerry Byrne, Programme Manager, EPA

15.20 - Coffee

15.35 - Implementation and Management of WEEE for Retailers
National and international perspectives on the retailer’s role in WEEE management. Solutions to the key issues and concerns faced by retailers, one year after implementation of the Regulations.

Ms. Christianna Papazahariou, EuroCommerce, the European Association for Retail, Wholesale and International Trade Interests (National EuroCommerce member: Retail Ireland).

Case Study 4
Is there an ideal system for the management and administration of WEEE?
Expert opinion from a national retailer on systems employed to manage WEEE and the Visible Fee.

Q & A

16.35 - Conference Close


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