6th National Waste Summit
is no time to waste
26th & 27th
November 2008, Croke Park Convention Centre, Dublin
In order to avoid
massive fines from the EU, Ireland must meet it’s commitment to
landfill significantly less waste - starting in 2010. With the deadline
looming, the country has a major challenge on it hands.
The National Waste Summit, now in its 6th year, is
Ireland’s premier Waste Management conference. Organised by The
Sunday Business Post and iQuest, this event is Ireland’s
most important forum for today’s waste management professionals,
environmental managers, policy-makers and senior business professionals.
The event will act as a strategic forum for all those interested
in ensuring that Ireland has sustainable environmental waste management
policies in place for the future.
This year’s summit will explore the options open to
Ireland in the light of the pressing need to fulfil our EU commitment
to landfill only 1 million tonnes of waste in 2010 and only 0.45million
tonnes by 2016. With 2010 looming, can Ireland move fast enough
to meet its targets under the EU Landfill Directive?
The main sponsors of the event this year are - Ulster
Bank, RPS Group and Greenstar.
Event Summary -
- Forfás 2008 Waste Benchmarking report &
Ireland’s performance in this area
- Developing a competitive waste management market
- Waste management in Ireland at the crossroads and options
- Revised Waste Framework Directive
- Vision for the future - perspectives from local
authorities and private sector
- Bio-waste - developments in compost standards
and brown bin schemes
- Legislation update
- Safety leadership for waste operators
- Recycling & recovery – policy, case studies
including MBT plants in action
- Bio-energy – Ireland’s first bio-energy plan
and perspectives from an operator in Ireland
- Progress on the revised Dublin Waste Management
Who should attend -
- Directors and Senior Managers in waste operators
- Local Authority directors and managers in charge of environmental
- Advisers to the waste industry - legal, financial, environmental,
Organisations which have attended previous
summits include such well-known names as:
The Environmental Protection Agency, Irish Waste Management
Association, Indaver Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Repak Ltd, TES Consulting
Engineers, RPS Group, eircom, Ernst & Young, Greenstar, AIB,
Bord na Mona, White Young Green, One 51, A1 Waste, Greyhound Recycling,
Waterford CC, William Fry Solicitors, Garda Siochána, Revenue Commissioners,
Dublin CC, Monaghan CC, Longford CC, Limerick CC, Wexford CC, A&L
Goodbody, ESB, Cork CC, Enterprise Ireland, Deloitte & Touche,
PwC, Donegal CC, Dun Laoghaire Rathdown CC, An Bord Pleanála, BDO
Simpson Xavier, Bowen Group, KPMG, Super Drug Ltd, Construction
Industry Federation, IIB Bank, Offaly CC, Westmeath CC, N.Tipperary
CC, Sligo CC, Wicklow CC, Ulster Bank, Adelaide & Meath Hospital,
St. James’ Hospital, Siemens Ireland, South Dublin CC, IAWS, Irish
Blood Transfusion Service, Arthur Cox, Galway CC, NTR, Wyeth Pharmaceuticals,
Tetra Pak, Repak, Panda Waste, Competition Authority, Forfás, Ascon,
Thorntons Recyling, Donegal Creameries plc.
Comments on previous Waste Summits from
delegate surveys -
"Excellent conference, very informative, good balance
between issues of policy, public sector and private sector..."
"Outstanding chairing by Áine Lawlor"
"Very well organised event..."
"The National Waste Summit has provided a much needed platform for
constructive and insightful discussion and has, in a short space
of time, established itself as a key date in the waste calendar."
Larry O’Toole, Director, Waste & Energy, RPS
"All good and very informative and interesting."
Paul Devaney, Offaly County Council.
Speakers include -
Michael Kitt, TD, Minister of State, Department of Environment,
Heritage & Local Government
Michael Kitt represents the constituency of Galway East and was
first elected to the Dáil in 1975.
Dr Jonathan Healy, Senior Policy Analyst, Environmental
Policy, National Competitiveness & Infrastructure
Jonathan Healy is an environmental economist and was educated at
UCD where he received BA, MSc and PhD degrees in economics. He is
currently a Senior Policy Analyst in the National Competitiveness
and Infrastructure Department in Forfás, with responsibility for
Dr John Curtis, Economist, Environmental
John has a PhD in environmental economics and previously worked
with the Economic and Social Research Institute where his research
focused on fisheries and waste issues. Since joining the EPA, he
has prepared a number of discussion papers.
James Greyson, Senior Sustainability Analyst, BlindSpot.org.uk
Sustainability Analyst, James Greyson runs BlindSpot, a UN-recognised
global think-tank which was established in 2005. As a member of
the UN Climate Neutral Network, BlindSpot develops policies for
businesses and communities to become climate neutral. The think-tank
provides research and advice on unexplored options for sustainability
and how major global problems can be rapidly reversed.
Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer, DG Environment,
Unit G4 - Sustainable Production & Consumption,
Andreas studied Law and Political Sciences at Free University, Berlin.
From 1990 to 2007, he worked as Legal Officer in the Ministry for
Agriculture, Environment and Consumer Protection of the Land, Brandenburg,
Germany. Since 2007 he has been Policy Officer at the European Commission,
Ray O’Dwyer, County Manager, Waterford
Ray O’Dwyer is Waterford County Manager - having previously held
a variety of managerial and professional posts with other local
authorities. He is chairperson of the City & County Managers’
Environmental Committee and a member of the EPA Environmental Enforcement
Mary Darlington, BSc., CFIOSH, MIES, FCIPD, Director
- Darlington Consulting
Mary holds a BSc in Occupational Safety and Health Management from
UCD, together with qualifications in Environmental Impact Assessment
Management and HR Management. She is a Chartered Fellow of both
IOSH and CIPD and a corporate member of Irish Ergonomics Society.
She spent 13 years in various HR roles before getting involved in
health and safety with Bausch and Lomb in Waterford, where she was
Safety & Environment Manager for over eight years. She set up
her own consultancy in 1996.
Paul Delahunty, Executive Engineer, Environment
Section, Wexford County Council
Paul has six years experience in charge of refuse and recycling
in Wexford County Council’s Environment Section. The Council has
18,000 refuse customers and Paul managed the implementation of the
green bin for dry recyclables in 2005/6 to the Council’s refuse
customers. He is now preparing for the introduction of the brown
Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf, Erasmus University Rotterdam
(SEOR), The Netherlands
Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf is deputy director of SEOR and fellow of the
Rotterdam School of Economics (both Erasmus University, Rotterdam).
He has 16 years experience in scientific-based project research
at the Erasmus University Rotterdam. His main specialisation is
industrial organisation, competition policy, regulation and environmental
policy. He wrote his PhD on the Dutch waste market, published many
articles about waste issues and is the editor of the recently-published
Kluwer book - The waste market: Institutional developments in
He has also published on economic issues of drinking water, electricity,
postal services, healthcare and education.
Alex Marshall, Project Manager - AD & MBT, Clarke
Alex's background is in business development opportunities for anaerobic
digestion (AD) and mechanical biological treatment (MBT). He works
closely with HAASE technologies. He has worked for two international
MBT equipment and technology suppliers - one in Germany and one
in Israel. Alex also spent a year with RPS Group's waste team in
Bristol where he worked as adviser to WRAP on anaerobic digestion
technologies and conducted two market studies into the refuse-derived
fuel market in Britain.
Pearse O’Kane, CEO, Bedminster International Group
Pearse is responsible for the day-to-day management of the business
as well as the strategic development of the group, including global
green-field projects and acquisitions. Previously, Pearse was employed
for a number of years with Imperial Chemical Industries Plc (ICI),
eventually establishing his own unique Plastics Technology business,
which he later sold to the German conglomerate, Hoechst AG. Since
joining Bedminster in 2003, Pearse has spearheaded a number of key
business initiatives, including the development of the Bedminster
Matt Twomey, Assistant City Manager, Environment
& Engineering, Dublin City Council
Matt Twomey is the Assistant City Manager with responsibility for
Environment and Engineering Services with Dublin City Council. These
services include Water Supply, Drainage, Waste Management and Fire,
Rescue and Emergency Management - all of which are delivered on
a regional basis in Dublin. He is a graduate of UCD and his entire
career has been with the Dublin Local Authorities.
DAY 1 Wed. 26th November 2007
7.45 Coffee/Tea, light breakfast
8.30 Chairman’s opening
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland
Michael P Kitt, TD, Minister of State,
Department of Environment, Heritage & Local Government
8.50 OPENING ADDRESS:Waste
Management - Opportunities & Challenges for Ireland
Dr. Jonathan Healy, Senior
Policy Analyst, Environmental Policy, National Competitiveness &
Infrastructure Dept, Forfás
The results of the recently-updated Forfás benchmarking analysis
of waste management and Ireland’s performance in this area. The
speaker will also present the results of a Forfás/InterTradeIreland
study exploring the enterprise opportunities in the environmental
goods and services area, with the focus on waste.
REVIEW: POLICY OPTIONS
a competitive waste management industry
Robert O’Shea, Director, Irish Waste
The private sector is the main provider of commercial and industrial
waste services, manages approx. three-quarters of municipal waste
and is the principal service provider in 22 of the 34 local authority
areas. Policy-makers must recognise this as they develop the next
generation of Irish waste management policies to ensure a competitive
waste management market.
9.40 Waste Management
in Ireland: At the crossroads in meeting EU targets
P.J. Rudden, Group Business Director,
- Reflections on the progress made on the transformation of the
waste management sector over the past 10 years based on the policies
of successive governments.
- What is the likely outcome of the DOEHLG International Review?
- What are the principal policy options available to Government
and which ones are most likely to meet upcoming EU Directive targets
for biodegradable & packaging waste?
10.25 Morning break
EU LANDFILL DIRECTIVE TARGETS
The latest data from the
EPA show that 1.4 million tonnes of biodegradable municipal waste
(BMW) was landfilled in 2006. By 2010, we must landfill only 1 million
tonnes of BMW and 0.45 million tonnes by 2016 - time is not on our
side. Can Ireland move fast enough to meet its targets under the
EU Landfill Directive?
10.55 Hitting the targets for Biodegradable
Dr John Curtis, Economist, Environmental
Dr Curtis will outline the scale of the waste management
challenge over the next two decades, with particular focus on biodegradable
municipal waste (BMW) and present some recent research results on
11.20 Meeting Ireland’s Waste targets:
Private industry’s recommendations to 'Answer Ireland’s Call'
Jerry Dempsey, MD, Commercial Services,
Modern Ireland no longer accepts glorious failure, which
current policy is destined for. The speaker will outline immediate
steps and measures that will help Ireland meet its targets under
the EU Landfill Directive.
11.40 Impact of the mandatory Commercial
Percy Foster, CEO, Cré - Composting
Association of Ireland
Ireland is taking the first step towards banning biodegradable
waste from landfill. Under new legislation being drafted, all commercial
premises will be legally obliged to segregate food waste. Our speaker
considers the impact of this necessary step towards meeting our
12.00 Discussion of the issues
with questions from delegates
- sponsored by A&L Goodbody
1.45 Welcome back from Chair
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning
1.50 Waste Management - the International
Olaf Fitzsimmons, Associate Director,
Ulster Bank is part of the RBS Group with exposure to - and experience
of - the waste sector internationally. This discussion will consider
the characteristics of the Irish waste management sector in comparison
to international experience and determine what insights might apply
to the Irish market.
2.15 The revised Waste Framework
Andreas Versmann, Policy Officer, DG Environment,
Unit G4 – Sustainable Production & Consumption, EU Commission
- What are the most important issues?
- How does the WFD fit into the EC’s policy on waste management
& sustainable use of resources?
- Future actions of the Commission on foot of the revised WFD
VISION FOR THE FUTURE
What will the waste management
of the future be like? We’ll hear a variety of views on what tomorrow’s
waste service could look like…
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: Zero-disposal
is no longer a dream!
James Greyson, Senior Sustainability
Disposal-based solutions to our waste problem, such as landfill,
incineration and MBT are now obsolete. An innovative economic tool
called Precycling Insurance developed by the NATO Science Programme
makes it possible to drive economic growth by rapidly preventing
waste, climate change and the loss of nature.
3.40 LOCKNOTE SESSION: CEO Panel
- A Vision for Waste Management in Ireland
A panel of CEOs from the public and private
sector have been invited to give their vision for waste management
in Ireland - where do they see the sector in 5 years time? Delegates
are encouraged to join the discussion with comments and questions.
- John Ahern, CEO, Indaver Ireland
- Ray O’Dwyer, County Manager, Waterford County Council
- David O’Connor, County Manager, Fingal County Council
- Tim Duggan, CEO, Enrich Ltd
4.30 Day 1 close
DAY 2 Thurs 27th
7.45 Coffee/Tea, light breakfast & registration
8.30 Chairperson's opening address
Áine Lawlor, Presenter,
FOR WASTE OPERATORS
8.35 Safety Leadership - Protecting
your workers, your reputation and assets
Mary Darlington, Director, Darlington
Guidelines published last year by the Health & Safety Authority
outline your responsibilities as directors and senior managers for
safety and health in your organisation. Why should you manage health
and safety at all? What are the benefits of creating a positive
health & safety culture in your organisation? What are the penalties
when things go terribly wrong?
9.05 INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE ADDRESS:
Policy choices in reducing the environmental impact of household
Dr Elbert Dijkgraaf, Erasmus University
Rotterdam (SEOR), The Netherlands
The keynote speaker, a renowned waste specialist economist in the
Netherlands, presents new research on residential tariff systems
to maximise recycling and minimise unsorted collected waste. What
should be done with the remaining unsorted waste?
This speaker also compares all the costs and benefits of landfilling
and incineration, which shows that landfilling is not as bad as
the EC thinks - and, in light of this, he has some recommendations
9.35 CASE STUDY: Reasons to Recycle…
Dean Keating, Sales Manager, Reuse
With just one in five plastic bottles and aluminium cans being recycled
in Ireland, a new Irish bottle and can recycling venture offers
people incentives to recycle.
10.20 Morning break
10.50 Update on new waste legislation
Alison Fanagan, Head of Environmental
& Planning Group, A&L Goodbody
Alison Fanagan will bring you up-to-date on the changes brought
about by the recent regulations on facility and collection permits
and broker registration. She will also cover where we are with the
Environmental Liability Directive and highlight some important changes
made to the Waste Management Act relevant to civil and criminal
& BROWN BIN
11.10 Developing a Compost Standard
Percy Foster, CEO, Cré – Composting
Association of Ireland
Assurance Scheme in the Composting industry
The results of a research project conducted by Cré and funded by
the EPA, to develop a compost quality standard for source separated
materials. The presentation will then outline the next step which
is to develop a Compost Quality Assurance Scheme for the industry.
11.30 CASE STUDY: The Commercial
Brown Bin: A Success Story
Chris Culleton, Ferrycarrig Hotel,
Waste management has become a serious cost and, as such, deserves
11.55 CASE STUDY:
Domestic Brown Bin pilot scheme in Co.Wexford
Paul Delahunty, Executive Engineer,
Environmental Section, Wexford County Council
Wexford CC initiated a pilot project in Enniscorthy in November
2007, with 330 customers using small 60 litre brown bins (as opposed
to 140l or 240l bins used in most other schemes). Our speaker details
the scheme and encouraging results to-date.
1.45 Welcome from the Chair
Áine Lawlor, Presenter, Morning Ireland
MBT processes incorporate mechanical sorting and separation of the
waste stream to separate the biodegradable materials - which are
sent to a biological process - from the non-biodegradable materials.
1.50 INTERNATIONAL PROJECT CASE
STUDIES: MBT plants
in action - an introduction to the HAASE; MBT-AD technology
Alex Marshall, Project Manager -
AD & MBT, Clarke Energy
Clarke Energy is the distributor of the market-leading HAASE MBT
& wet AD technologies, in use in 46 sites across the world.
We’ll hear case studies for different MBT-AD facilities in Lübeck,
Göttingen & Schwarze Elster in Germany and Valetta in Malta.
Clarke HAASE is also scheduled to commission 3 MBT plants in Manchester
over the next few years.
2.25 South-East Bio-Energy Plan
Bernadette Guinan, Associate, Feehily
Timony & Co
The presentation by the consultants involved in the development
of the plan includes -
- Drivers for bio-energy development
- The scope and potential for bio-energy in the region
- Barriers to development
- Synergies between waste management and bio-energy generation
2.55 Afternoon break
3.20 CASE STUDY: Solutions to Ireland’s waste & energy
issues: Bedminster International
Pearse O’Kane, CEO, Bedminster International
Bedminster International offers a carbon-neutral solution to convert
biodegradable waste into renewable energy. As an alternative to
landfill and incineration, the prospects for this solution are obvious
- or are they? Even though Bedminster is based in Ireland, it does
not operate a plant here. We’ll find out why from the company’s
CEO, who gives his perspective on the Irish market.
DUBLIN WASTE MANAGEMENT PLAN
Earlier this year, the four Dublin Local Authorities have
varied the Waste Management Plan for the Dublin Region to 2010
to ensure their ambitious recycling targets of 50% are met. We’ll
hear the details…
3.50 Dublin Regional Waste Management
Plan 2005-2010 – A Progress Report
Matt Twomey, Assistant City Manager,
Environment & Engineering, Dublin City Council
Update on the implementation of the main objectives of the Dublin
Region Waste Plan. The presentation will cover areas such as Prevention/Awareness,
Collection/Recycling, Infrastructural Development and Regulation/Enforcement.
4.25 Chairman’s closing
remarks and summit close
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the Irish market and our focus on exceptional client service is
recognised by our award-winning record which includes winning the
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Companies that work with Ulster Bank have access to a truly global
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- it's why our corporate client base is one of the fastest growing
Ulster Bank Group is a leading provider of financial services in
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us because we understand their needs and have the capability to
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Our progressive and entrepreneurial approach is ideally suited to
supporting new sectors and industries that are pushing the boundaries
of our economy. Every day we’re helping to provide financial solutions
for individuals and organisations that are breaking new ground in
their sectors. Waste management is one such business area, characterised
by innovation and creativity. We understand what it takes to tackle
the challenges of this sector and we know how to help generate success.
We provide the financial energy behind Ireland’s innovation and
RPS is a leading Irish Consultancy
in waste management, sustainability, planning, transportation, engineering,
energy and environmental matters. We have close to 40 years experience
of providing environmentally sustainable solutions to the public
and private sectors. We work in partnership with all stakeholders
on individual studies and projects.
We are authors of most of Ireland’s regional waste management plans
and advise Government and local authorities - together with the
private sector - on waste prevention, minimisation, recycling, energy
recovery and residual disposal. We are authors of the award-winning
FREE Trade website for Dublin City Council.
RPS assisted the Department of the Environment, Heritage & Local
Government with the National Biodegradable Waste Strategy and Forfás
with their recent international benchmarking report. We were also
recently appointed to manage the National Market Development Group
for Waste Resources on behalf of the Department and Enterprise Ireland.
RPS has advised the local authorities in Dublin, Belfast, Cork,
Galway and Limerick on the planning and development of integrated
waste infrastructure with respect to recycling, composting, MBT,
waste-to-energy and residual landfill.
We increasingly work for the private sector and can provide assessments
on due diligence, innovative technologies and development of waste
infrastructure generally - including the planning of projects under
the Strategic Infrastructure Act. RPS IS also increasingly working
on international projects in the UK, mainland Europe and further
Greenstar is Ireland’s largest provider
of environmental, waste management and recycling services - offering
customers a fully-compliant, transparent and traceable service in
collection, materials recovery, recycling, biological treatment
- e.g. composting and residual landfill. Additional services include
consultation, education, research and environmental and waste auditing.
Since 1999, Greenstar has invested €275m in infrastructure
and strategic acquisitions and currently employs 700 people in 40
locations nationwide. Greenstar plans to invest upwards of €250m
over the next four years.
Greenstar operates materials recovery facilities (MRFs) in Wicklow,
Sligo, Cork and Dublin - including Millennium Park, the country’s
largest and most sophisticated automated recycling facility which
can divert between 70-85% of waste from landfill.
Greenstar owns and operates four EPA licensed, state-of-the-art
residual landfill facilities in Counties Kildare, Meath, Galway
and Wicklow. The company was recently awarded the prestigious Chartered
Institute of Wastes Management (CIWM), PEEL People’s Cup for operational
excellence of a waste management facility for its residual landfill
facility at Ballynagran, Co.Wicklow.
Greenstar currently offers domestic waste services in eight counties
nationwide - including Cork, Waterford, Wexford, Wicklow, Sligo,
Kilkenny, Dublin and Mayo.
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