The environment: New deal, new decade

Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020

Wednesday 25th November 2020 · Online Conference

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Conference overview

The Northern Ireland Environment Forum 2020, supported by the Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs and Carson McDowell, is Northern Ireland’s major annual conference on environmental policy and management.

The theme of this year’s conference is ‘new deal, new decade’. With the restoration of the Northern Ireland Assembly, we now have the opportunity to drive Northern Ireland’s environmental policy forward. Climate change and how we protect our environment for future generations is a global issue as well as a local one.

The Northern Ireland Environment Forum will be addressed by the key people in Northern Ireland's environmental policy landscape as we anticipate new legislation including a new environment strategy and a clean air strategy.

DATE 25 November 2020

SPEAKERS Professional Speakers


Discussion Topics

  • Policy priorities for Northern Ireland’s environment
  • Meeting the challenge of climate change
  • Biodiversity, air quality and other strategic issues
  • Resource management and the circular economy
  • Water quality and waste water treatment
  • Environment and planning
  • Clean and inclusive growth and a Green New Deal

Conference Structure

This year the conference will be delivered online. It will be of interest to delegates representing all the main sectors with an interest in Northern Ireland’s environment at this pivotal time for the sector.

agendaNi will be using an online platform that will allow speakers and delegates to follow the normal structure of a conference. This will include:

  • Chair and speakers on screen during the session
  • Speakers will be able to use PowerPoint slides
  • A Q&A session with delegates being able to post questions, moderated by the chair
  • A chat facility for delegates to make comments, moderated by agendaNi
  • A twitter feed to be visible to all participants
  • A ‘handout’ facility will allow delegates to receive relevant documentation

Delegates will get a ‘conference experience’ that goes beyond the normal video conferencing meeting formats.


Wednesday 25th November, Online Conference

Conference sessions

  • 09:00–11:00
  • 11:30–13:15
  • 14:00–15:15
  • 15:30–16:45
  • Conference plenary — 09:00–11:00
    Chairman's welcome Chairman’s welcome and introduction

    Ministerial Address

    Edwin Poots MLA, Minister for Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
    Air Air quality in Northern Ireland

    Dave Foster, Director of Regulatory & Natural Resources Policy, Department of Agriculture, Environment and Rural Affairs
    Brexit Navigating the environment post-Brexit

    Viviane Gravey, Lecturer, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
    Legal Environmental Legal Update

    Grant McBurney, Partner, Carson McDowell
    Visiting Speaker Towards a Welsh circular economy

    Carl Nichols, Head of WRAP, WRAP Cymru
    Question & answer session / Panel discussion
    11:00 Comfort break
  • Conference plenary — 11:30–13:15
    Water Working for Northern Ireland’s Environmental and Economic Ambitions

    Angela Halpenny, Head of Environmental Regulation, NI Water
    Agriculture Can we develop sustainable land use policy for Northern Ireland?

    John Martin, Chair of the Sustainable Land Use Sub-Group, Nature Matters NI
    Biodiversity Protecting Northern Ireland’s wildlife and habitats Jennifer Fulton, Chief Executive, Ulster Wildlife
    Circular Economy Resource efficiency: Reusing and recycling

    Tim Walker Chief Executive, arc21
    Circular Economy Creating green and sustainable communities through engagement

    Ian Humphreys Chief Executive, Keep Northern Ireland Beautiful
    Question & answer session / Panel discussion
    13:15 Lunch
  • Afternoon session: Climate — 14:00–15:15
    A strategy for meeting Ireland’s climate change challenge

    John FitzGerald, Chair, Climate Change Advisory Council
    The impact of climate change on Northern Ireland’s economy

    John Barry, Professor of Green Political Economy, School of History, Anthropology, Philosophy & Politics, Queen’s University Belfast
    Responding to the impacts of climate change in Northern Ireland

    Jane McCullough, Manager, Climate NI
    Question & answer session / Panel discussion
    15:15 Comfort break
  • Afternoon session: Climate — 15:30–16:45
    Environmental Crime in Northern Ireland

    Faye Phillips, Associate, Carson McDowell
    Reducing Northern Ireland’s carbon footprint

    Robin Curry Lecturer, School of Chemistry & Chemical Engineering, Queen’s University Belfast
    Climate change: Impact on Northern Ireland’s built environment

    Ciarán Fox Director, Royal Society of Ulster Architects
    Question & answer session / Panel discussion
    16:45 Conference close

Conference countdown

Wednesday 25th November 2020 · 09:00–16:00


    • Voluntary and community sector delegate rate
    • £125+ VAT
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