Sustainable solutions to tackle climate change


A partnership to promote sustainable solutions in Ireland

JPEG In the light of COP21, the Embassy of France, in partnership with Trinity College Dublin and the France-Ireland Chamber of Commerce (FICC) is organizing on Friday 11th September a breakfast conference bringing together private sector industry and researchers working on innovative solutions to climate and water challenges: “Tackling Climate Change and Harnessing Sustainable Resources: The Potential of Research-Industry Partnerships”

The meeting will aim at discussing current projects and future collaborations to develop alternative energy sources and sustainable water use.

This conference is one in a series of conferences leading up to the Climate Summit (COP21) in Paris.

Programme of the conference
8.30amRegistration, tea & coffee
9am Introductions & Welcomes

- H.E. Jean-Pierre Thébault, French Ambassador in Ireland;
- Dr. Martina Hennessy, Associate Dean of Research, TCD – Chair of conference proceedings
9.20am Keynote Address – Title (TBC) – Dr. Mary Robinson
9.35am ‘Elemental Earth’ – Prof. Balz Kamber
9.50am New Energy: Making Waves

- Marine Renewable Energy: Development of the Open-Centre Tidal Turbine’ – Dr. Paul Dunne, Chief Engineer, OpenHydro (10 mins);

- ‘Planning the future of wave energy’ - Prof. Frédéric Dias, The Earth Institute, UCD (10 mins);

Followed by Panel Discussion & Q&A (20 mins) – Facilitator Prof. Padraig Carmody, Dept. of Geography, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
10.30am Tea & Coffee
10.50am Water: Waste Not Want Not

- ‘Decentralised Water and Wastewater Treatment – Sustainable Approaches for Human Development’ - Prof. Laurence Gill, Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD (10 mins)

- ‘Shift from conventional waste-water treatment to a bio-refinery’ - Joe Higgins, Technical Director, Veolia (10 mins)

- ‘A Smart Water View on Energy: A Water Utility’s Potential to Manage Energy Efficiency with Process Optimisation’ - Jim O’Hagan, Key Account Manager, Schneider Electric (10 mins)

- ’Towards a more Energy Efficient & Sustainable System of Water Supply’ - Prof. Paul Coughlan, School of Business, TCD (10 mins)

Followed by Panel Discussion & Q&A (20 mins) - Facilitator Prof. Carol Newman, Dept. of Economics, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
11.50am Intelligent Transport: Smart, Green, Integrated

- Intelligent Transportation Systems for Safe and Sustainable Transport’ Prof. Melanie Bouroche, School of Computer Science and Statistics, TCD ‘ (10 mins)

- ‘Sustainable transport : the importance of ECO-Design’– Piers Wood, Managing Director Urban & Services, Alstom Transport UK (10 mins)

- Dr. Mathew Kennedy, Low Carbon Technologies, Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) (10 mins)

Followed by Panel Discussion & Q&A (10 mins) - Facilitator Prof. Padraig Carmody, Dept. of Geography, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
12.30pm ‘Climate Action – What can be achieved?’ - Prof. Mike Jones, School of Natural Sciences, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
12.50pm ‘E3: Educating Engineers, Scientists and Technologists for a Sustainable Future’ - Prof. Vinny Cahill, Dean of Engineering, Maths & Science, Trinity College Dublin (TCD)
1.05pm Cliona McGowan, Ireland France Chamber of Commerce
1.10pm Closing Remarks
1.15pm Event Close Followed by Light Lunch in Knowledge Exchange

Date: Friday 11 September 2015
Time: 8.30am-1pm

Venue: Tercentenary Hall, Level 2, Trinity Biomedical Sciences Institute, Trinity College, 152-160, Pearse Street, Dublin 2.

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To find out more about the event, you can download the PDF (553.4 Ko):

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Conference programme (PDF, 553.4 Ko)

An event kindly sponsored by:


Published on 10/09/2015

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