ESTG Annual Conference 2020


Nov 9 2020 to Nov 10 2020

Topic: Climate Action and the role of the Local Authority Sector
Date: Monday and Tuesday 9th and 10th of November 2020
Venue: Online


This conference will address current issues in the following areas:

  • Climate Science
  • Climate Action Policy
  • Climate Action at a Local Level


Management, Engineering and Administration Staff working in Environmental, Planning and Housing Sections of Local Authorities, Local Authority Staff working in other divisions with a role in the implementation of Climate Action policy and their Consultants/Contractors. There is no fee for attending this online event.


Day One: Climate Science and Policy

Chair – Ms. Breda Maher, Regional Executive Officer, Eastern and Midlands CARO

10.00 a.m. – 10.10 a.m. Welcome Address – Mr. John Mulholland, Chief Executive Laois Co.Co. and Chair ESTG

10.10 a.m. - 10.40 a.m. What is Climate Change; Future Predictions – Mr. Keith Lambkin , Senior Climatologist, Met Eireann

10.40 a.m. - 11.10 a.m. National Climate Action Plans – Mr. Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary for Climate Action and Environment, DECC

Coffee Break

11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Local Government Climate Action Challenges; A Strategic Approach – Mr. Ciarán Hayes, Chief Executive, Sligo Co. Co.

12.00 p.m. – 12.30 p.m. Implementing Circular Economy in Ireland – Mr. Philip Nugent, Assistant Secretary, Circular Economy, Waste Policy and Natural Resources, DECC

12.30 p.m. – 13.00 p.m. Questions and Answers

Day Two: Transcribing National Objectives to Local Actions

Chair – Ms. Celine Reilly, Executive Manager (Climate Action, Air Quality and Waste Management), Dublin City Council

10.00 a.m. – 10.30 a.m. A Profile of Local Authority Climate Actions in Ireland – Dr. Bernie O’Donoghue Hynes, Head of Research, LGMA

10.30 a.m. – 11.00 a.m. Local Authority Leadership & Empowering Local Communities; Case Studies from Meath County Council – Ms. Caroline Corrigan, Climate Action & SDG Officer, Meath Co.Co.

Coffee Break

11.30 a.m. – 12.00 p.m. Portlaoise; A Low Carbon Town – First Steps – Mr. Tadhg Madden, Laois Co. Co.

12.00 p.m. - 12.30 p.m. Challenges for Ireland In Tackling Climate Change – Mr. John Fitzgerald, Chairman National Climate Advisory Council

12.30 p.m. – 13.00 p.m. Questions and Answers