This year’s conference programme reflects the overall current changing nature of the Irish and international environment. The 2016 State of the Environment Report showed Ireland’s environment to be good overall but there are significant challenges. With recent reports stating that Ireland is the second-worst performing EU member state in tackling climate change, it has been confirmed that Ireland will fail to meet the 2020 EU emission targets – meeting just 1% of the 20% target – and is off course for 2030. A National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) is in the works. Environment Ireland 2018 will feature a dedicated session looking at the way forward for climate action in Ireland and a roundtable on Resource Efficiency and Circular Economy, featuring perspectives on waste policy from across the British isles.
We are delighted to include a keynote video address from EU Environment Commissioner Karmenu Vella who will outline to delegates the European Strategy for Plastics in a Circular Economy. The latest figures show that Ireland is the largest producer of waste plastic in Europe — totalling 61kg per person per year. A recent poll found that 85% of Irish people are concerned by their usage of plastics, making this a timely and important address. Further detail on the day's proceedings can be found in the conference programme.
It is important not only to hear the latest developments in policy, but also to discuss and put your questions to expert speakers during dedicated Q&A sessions. Ensure you don't miss this opportunity to hear directly from those individuals and organisations shaping the future of Ireland's environment, so register here.