Environment Ireland Conference, 14th September 2010

Date released: Sep 10 2010

The sixth Environment Ireland conference will take place on 14th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre.  The theme for this year’s conference is Environment and the Green Economy.

Much has been made of realising the potential of the green economy. This conference will focus on key aspects of the green economy such as eco-efficiency and a sustainable urban future.  It will also look at the practical aspects of further developing the renewable energy sector and the waste water and waste infrastructure.

The water and waste water sector is currently worth over €1 billion per year, renewable energy is worth €700 million annually and the waste sector is worth an estimated €500 million per year. Despite current economic difficulties all of these sectors will see significant investment in the coming years.

Conference programme
In the opening session on environmental policy issues the conference will be addressed by Mr. John Gormley T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Dr. Mary Kelly, EPA Director-General and Leo O’Reilly, Permanent Secretary, Northern Ireland Department of Environment.

The keynote address will be given by Will Day, Chair of the UK Sustainable Development Commission, the UK Government’s independent advisory body on sustainable development.
In addition to the opening Ministerial address, this year’s conference will feature a ‘locknote address’ from Ciarán Cuffe, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for sustainable transport, horticulture, planning and heritage. 

Smart Cities
With 450 global cities now having populations in excess of one million, cities are becoming more powerful but also face a range of challenges, particularly in relation to how they manage resources such as water and energy and how they organise their transport systems and housing.  A key feature of the conference will be a session looking at the area of creating smarter cities and examining how cities can become both smarter and more sustainable.

Environment Ireland
Environment Ireland is Ireland’s largest conference on environmental policy and management and is organised by BMF Conferences in association with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government.  It is attended each year by delegates representing all the major sectors with an interest in Ireland’s environment, including many from Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Environment Ireland provides an important opportunity for all the key players in the environment sector to come together for networking and discussion.
The full conference programme and details of registration are available on the EPA website.