NSAI Annual Conference 2006

ENVIRONMENT IRELAND

Maximising the positive and minimising the negative impact of business development on sustainable development

The National Standards Authority of Ireland (NSAI) will hold its Annual Conference for 2006 on the 8th November, 2006 in the Greshem Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin.

This event will provide delegates with a unique opportunity to -



Learn more about how business can take account of its economic, social and environmental impacts in the way it operates


Learn how business can contribute to Irelandís sustainable development goals and the financial rewards it can achieve
Influence strategy and policy makers in relation to environmental legislation
Explore and share best practice across industry sectors


Learn how to maximise the positive and minimise the negative impact of business development on sustainable development.

Ireland is currently operating in a favourable economic environment - with recent growth rates among the highest of the OECD countries - and with positive conditions likely to continue. We are also experiencing strong population growth. To achieve our full economic potential and to minimise environmental pressure, we need to improve the environmental efficiency of our economic growth and continue a programme of targeted infrastructural development. We also have a national commitment to the Kyoto agreement - to which end, every business and individual must play their part.

Who should attend

Chief Executive Officers Quality Assurance Managers
Managing Directors Health & Safety Officers
Finance Directors Tourism Executives
Policy Makers Planning Managers
Local Authority Representatives    

Alongside the positive transformation of our society, economic growth has led to additional waste, higher energy consumption and rising greenhouse gas emissions, threats to biodiversity and natural resources and to our built and natural heritage. The challenge, therefore, is to maintain growth and prosperity while avoiding environmental degradation.

In meeting this challenge, we have the benefit of detailed policy frameworks and implementation strategies, which have been developed in recent years in areas such as waste management, climate change and biodiversity. These have been particularly influenced by our shared commitment to European and wider international objectives and take account of our obligations arising from EU environmental legislation and wider international conventions.

It is also necessary to intensify the enforcement of environmental protection legislation and this has been reflected in the establishment of the Office of Environmental Enforcement and the commitment of substantial funding from the Environment Fund for local authority waste enforcement programmes.
The growth of Irelandís economy and population poses obvious challenges for sustainable development. We are all aware that economic development must not be at the expense of environmental degradation.

 

 

PROGRAMME

 

08.00 - 08.40 REGISTRATION Tea, Coffee

08.40 - 08.45 WELCOME ADDRESS
Mr Dan Tierney, Chairman of the NSAI

08.45 - 08.50 INTRODUCTION TO CONFERENCE
Mr Duncan Stewart, Ecological Architect and Environmentalist

08.50 - 08.55 OPENING ADDRESS
Mr Michael Ahern T.D., Minister for Trade and Commerce

08.55 - 09.30 KEYNOTE SPEECH
Mr Dick Roche T.D., Minister for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government

09.30 - 10.00 Eco tourism in Ireland - a cross-border pan-European approach
Ms Mary Mulvey, Chief Executive, The Greenbox

10.00 - 10.15 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 

10.15 - 10.45 COFFEE BREAK

 

10.50 - 11.20 Inflexion points and the new energy landscape
Mr David Taylor, Chief Executive, SEI

11.20 - 11.50 New and future global and European environmental standards
Mr Enda McDonnell, Director of Standards, NSAI

11.50 - 12.15 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 

12.15 - 13.55 LUNCH

 

13.55 - 14.05 INTRODUCTION TO AFTERNOON SESSION
Mr Duncan Stewart

14.05 - 14.35 Putting the environment at the heart of Irish society
Dr Mary Kelly, Director General, EPA

14.35 - 15.05 Meeting society's oil & gas energy needs and environmental expectations
Mr Andy Pyle, Managing Director, Shell E&P Ireland

15.05 - 15.30 QUESTIONS & ANSWERS

 

15.30 - 15.50 COFFEE BREAK

 

15.50 - 16.20 Corporate social responsibilty makes good business sense in environmental excellence
Ms Karina Howley, Europe CRS Manager, Intel

16.20 - 16.50 'The road to god knows where'
Mr Frank McDonald, Environment Editor, The Irish Times

17.05 - 17.10 CLOSING NOTE
Mr Duncan Stewart

 

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