The Environment and the Economy: Environment Ireland Conference 2012

Date released: Sep 10 2012

The eighth Environment Ireland conference takes place on 13th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre.  The theme for this year’s conference is ‘The environment and the economy’.  Ireland faces a number of formidable challenges in the coming years to maintain a healthy and protected environment, and to decouple future economic growth from environmental pressures.  Establishing a sustainable pattern of development is a key challenge for Ireland, and improving resource efficiency is a top priority to achieve this goal.

Speakers at the conference will examine what is meant by a green economic recovery, and the importance of a clean and well-protected environment in a number of growth industries including tourism and agriculture. Other key issues to be addressed at the conference will include environmental regulation, waste policy, planning, water reform, transport and climate change. These issues will be explored through an expert panel of local and visiting speakers.

Conference programme

In the opening session on Ireland’s environmental policy outlook, the conference will be addressed by Mr. Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government, and Mr. Alex Attwood, MLA, Minister for the Environment, Northern Ireland. Laura Burke, EPA Director General will also outline the findings of the recently published EPA State of the Environment 2012 Report. In a Keynote address, Jeremy Oppenheim, Director, McKinsey & Company will discuss how best to meet the world’s energy, materials, food and water needs and Humberto Delgado Rosa, Director, DG Clime will focus on adapting to climate change across Europe.

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, Community and Local Government.  It is attended each year by delegates representing all the major sectors with an interest in Ireland’s environment, including 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.


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