Main Stage Conference Programme

    • November 3, 2015
      • 8:55 am - 9:05 amPaul Cunningham - Editor, The Week In Politics, RTE Political Unit – ChairmanOpening Remarks
      • 9:05 am - 9:25 amSeán Kelly - Fine Gael MEP, Ireland South
      • 9:25 am - 9:45 amAmbassador Jean-Pierre Thébault - French Ambassador
      • 9:45 am - 10:05 amJoe Power - VP & Site Director, GSK CorkPresentation Title: Why sustainable business is good for business – how and why GSK is reducing its carbon footprint
      • 10:05 am - 10:25 amSenan McGrath - Chief Technology Officer ESB eCars, ESBPresentation Title: Can Electric Vehicles provide a sustainable transport solution for Europe and Ireland?
      • 10:25 am - 10:55 amBreak
      • 10:55 am - 11:05 amMichael Rea - Chief Operations Officer, Carbon TrustPresentation Title: Titans and Titanics – understanding the business response to climate change and resource scarcity.
      • 11:15 am - 11:35 amBrian Handcock - Head of Sustainability, John Sisk and Son Presentation Title: Sustainability and construction – what might the future hold for Ireland?
      • 11:35 am - 11:55 amGarry Connolly – Founder Partner of GconnTec & President, Host in IrelandPresentation Title: Data Centres and Ireland , Past Present and Is the Growth Sustainable. Presentation Synopsis: In this presentation I will cover the evolution of Data Hosting in Ireland and explore the threats, opportunities and risks associated with its sustainable growth, including Policies, Power and Pipes.
      • 11:55 am - 12:15 pmÓonagh McArdle – Lead Supply Chain Improvement & Sustainability Specialist, The Dow Chemical CompanyPresentation Title: Redefining the Role of Business in Society – The Dow Chemical Company. Presentation Synopsis: Dow 2025 Goals & Supply Chain Sustainability.
      • 12:15 pm - 1:15 pmLunch
      • 1:15 pm - 1:35 pmPadraig Brennan - Senior Business Analyst, Origin Green, Bord BiaPresentation Title: Demonstrating the sustainability commitments of the Irish Food Industry. Presentation Synopsis: There is an increasing need for the Irish food and drink industry to credibly demonstrate its sustainability credentials and what it is doing to further improve over time. In 2012 Bord Bia launched Origin Green, the first national sustainability programme of its kind in the world. Origin Green is an independently verified, national sustainability programme that operates at both farm and food manufacturing level in Ireland. The programme provides a structure for farmers and manufacturers to demonstrate their current sustainability performance and develop plans for ongoing improvements while also offering a platform to promote the sustainability credentials of the Irish food and drink sector with key customers and opinion formers.
      • 1:35 pm - 1:55 pmGeoff Mackey - Sustainable Development & Communications Director, BASF Europe NorthPresentation Title: Building sustainability into strategy
      • 1:55 pm - 2:15 pmPer Stahl- Chief Investment Officer, Solar 21Presentation Title: Renewable Energy – what can Ireland learn from its European neighbours? Presentation Synopsis: The development of renewable energy production in Europe has been addressed very differently by each country in the Eurozone. The presentation will explore what this may teach us and how we use this knowledge to our advantage.
      • 2:15 pm - 2:35 pmAlyn Deane - Strategy, CSR & EHS Lead, ArytzaSustainability- Our Journey So far
      • 2:35 pm - 3:05 pmBreak
      • 3:05 pm - 3:45 pmPaul Cunningham, RTE( Chair) (Michael Rea, Chief Operating officer, The Carbon Trust; Eamon Ryan, The Green Party; Frank McGovern, Head Climate Research, EPA; David Fitzgerald, Head of Sustainability, Dairygold)Creating a Sustainable Ireland- The Main Challenges and Opportunities.
      • 3:45 pm - 4:05 pmCormac Nevin - Lead Energy Engineer, Wyeth NutritionPresentation Title: Nestle Energy Target Setting
      • 4:05 pm - 4:25 pmDr. Frank McGovern - Head of Climate Change Reseach & Science, Environmental Protection Agency, IrelandPresentation Title: Will the Paris Agreement address the imperatives for action on climate change? Presentation Synopsis: The UNFCCC Conference of Parties (COP) meeting in Paris is expected to provide a new global agreement to address climate change. The meeting will also consider the adequacy of the Long Term Global Goal to keep the global temperature increase less than 2 degrees. The presentation will consider the imperatives arising from the science of climate change, their implications for action on greenhouse gas emissions, and how the Paris Agreement can provide the required momentum for effective actions.
      • 4:25 pm - 4:30 pmPaul Cunningham - Editor, The Week In Politics, RTE Political Unit – Chairman Closing Remarks