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Invitation to the Cork Transport Alternatives 2022 Conference, a major event on the future of energy use in transport, low carbon vehicles and smart transport innovations that will be held on Friday 4th April 2014, from 0900 -1600, at the Clarion Hotel, Lapps Quay, Cork. The event is being organised by Energy Cork, the energy sector cluster for the Cork Region, in conjunction with the EU Atlantic Area’s BATTERIE Project.
Attendance at Cork Transport Alternatives 2022 is free and a light lunch will be provided, but places are limited and registration is essential. To register, simply click on the following link and complete the very short registration process http://CorkTransport.eventbrite.ie
Speakers, in addition to other national and international speakers, will include:
This event will discuss a broad range of transport planning & policy issues, as well as innovations in vehicle technology, smart transport apps, public transport, modal shift and sustainability measures in the transport sector. These will be discussed in a Cork context, in light of the preparation of local authority development plans for the period of 2015-2021.
The South West Regional Authority (SWRA) is currently engaged in a BATTERIE (Better Accessible Transport to Encourage Robust Intermodal Enterprise) EU Interreg IVB project www.batterie.eu.com. BATTERIE was established in January 2012 and was created as a response to the EU Atlantic Area priorities.
The overall aim of BATTERIE is to establish better accessible and sustainable transport which will in turn encourage and secure more effective and smooth operation of existing transport infrastructure in the Atlantic Area. BATTERIE is concerned with transportation and is largely focused on:
– More efficient methods of sustainable transportation
– How to introduce smart technologies
– Identifying and promoting the alternative fuel sources available
About Energy Cork
Energy Cork is the energy industry cluster for the Cork Region. Energy Cork is an industry-driven organisation. Members include a very broad mix of organisations active in the energy business in Cork. The organisation pursues coordinated actions to strengthen research, enterprise and employment within the energy sector in the Cork Region. The initiative is supported by Cork City Council and Cork County Council through their respective Economic Development Funds which see 1% of the commercial rates of both Councils dedicated to enterprise support and job creation. Energy Cork was initially conceived by Cork Chamber with a view to building on the unique opportunities for the region to secure competitive advantage in the energy sector. For more information: http://www.energycork.ie/sites/default/files/energycorkstrategy.pdf
The round table discussion focusing on specific projects were very interactive with attendees really engaging in the discussions. Alan Clayton from Transition Town Kinsale discussed the feasibility they have carried out on anaerobic digestion, this is a very feasible project but requires waste from approx. 2500 cattle and the obstacle in bringing the project to fruition has partially been getting farmers on board. The Templedery Community Wind project provides a real model for community energy from wind and given the current controversy is an example of how to involve community in such projects, payback on the project looks like being in the region of 5 -6years. John Fogarty gave a very insightful overview of the process of getting to where they are now and the benefits of having the community involved from the outset. Kate Ruddock from Friends of the Earth provided a useful case study of a community energy project from the Isle of Eigg in Scotland. Eigg Electric is wholly community owed and provides electricity to the 100 islanders using wind, water and solar power. The system consists of three hydroelectric generators a group of four small wind generators and an array of solar electric panels sited at different locations around the island. Kate also touched more broadly on Community Power which is a European Community energy project coalition. Brian Cahill from the Mallow System Innovation Centre/ NIMBUS a nucleus for pilot/demonstration coordination which covers the broader Blackwater area provided information on their aims and the work to date. They have already assisted over 150 projects/ businesses in the region. Key energy interests in the North Cork Region include:
Also discussed was Energy Efficiency in the tourism sector with Stephen Belton from the Garryvoe Hotel explaining the benefit of installing a Combined Heat and Power Plant to the hotel and Mick Hanly, Glendine Home B&B, Clonakilty who has installed solar panels that successfully heat water and is a benefit to the business with a relatively short payback, however, the system requires a certain degree of management.
Your Energy, Your Options
Do you want to know more about the future of energy? What is happening in Cork and nationally? What is being done in a practical way to address our future energy needs, what works and what are the challenges and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities.
Friday 28th February 2014
Oriel House Hotel, Ballincollig
Introduction: Helen Barrett, Chairperson, CEF
Horizon 2020: Energy Innovation Opportunities, Philip Cheasty, National Contact Point for Energy Horizon 2020, Enterprise Ireland
Energy Cork – Growing Cork’s Energy Cluster, Kieran Lettice, Energy Cork
Tackling Climate Change – Embedded Carbon and Energy, José Ospina, NEES – Natural Energy Efficiency and Sustainability Project, Cork Centre for Architectural Education, UCC & CIT
County Kerry’s 100% Renewable Energy Roadmap – planning your community’s energy future, Xavier Dubuisson, Energy Consultant
Round table discussions to examine practical application and projects:
There is no charge for attending, however, it is necessary to register by emailing email@example.com or contacting Bernie Connolly at 083 1468064
Enforcing European Union
Friday, 29 November 2013
UCC Brookfield Health Science Complex
Lecture Theatre G01
International, European Union (EU) and national environmental law continues to evolve at a rapid pace making it difficult to keep up with new developments and to appreciate their significance in practice. The interactions between the Aarhus Convention, EU law and Irish environmental law are proving to be particularly convoluted and unpredictable. This is especially true in the context of enforcement matters. The Aarhus Convention is featuring more frequently in litigation before both the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) and the Irish courts. The CJEU continues to adopt a robust approach to access to the courts to enforce environmental law as evidenced by its ruling in Edwards (Case C-260/11) and the Opinion of Advocate General Kokott in Commission v United Kingdom (Case C-530/11). At the domestic level, the special costs rules that apply to certain categories of environmental litigation in Ireland remain controversial and are taking considerable time to bed down. There is now a substantial body of jurisprudence from the High Court interpreting the special costs rules, yet considerable uncertainty persists as to their scope and practical application. Nevertheless, there have been some interesting developments in terms of access to justice to enforce planning and environmental law. The ruling in Hunter v Nurendale Ltd  IEHC 430 on costs protection is a ground-breaking development in this context.
This conference is intended to build on the series of environmental enforcement conferences hosted by UCC Faculty of Law in recent years. It aims to identify contemporary issues in the enforcement of EU environmental law, to consider innovative solutions to the ongoing enforcement challenge and to foster discussion among participants. At a more general level, it seeks to provide accurate, up to date information for participants on issues relating to enforcement, including the impact of the Aarhus Convention in practice.
This conference is supported by funding from the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government and from the Department of An Taoiseach Communicating Europe Initiative.
2.00-2.15 Opening Remarks
Áine Ryall, Faculty of Law, UCC
Session 1 Chair: Judge Anthony M Collins
General Court of the European Union
2.15-2.45 Margaret Gray BL
‘Enforcing EU Environmental Law: Developments in the Jurisprudence of the CJEU’
2.45-3.15 Tom Flynn BL
‘Enforcing EU Environmental Law: Developments at the Domestic Level’
3.15-3.45 Q & A
Session 2 Chair: David Holland SC
4.15-4.45 Liam Cashman, Environment Directorate-General,
‘New Commission initiative on environmental inspections – what it might mean for future enforcement’
4.45-5.15 Andrew Jackson, Natural Environment Officer and in-house solicitor An Taisce
‘Democratising Enforcement: Thinking Beyond the State’
5.15-6.00 Q & A and General Discussion
There is no charge to attend this event, but advance booking is essential as places are limited.
If you book a place, and subsequently find that you cannot attend, please cancel in advance so that your place may be reallocated.
Continuing Professional Development: 3.5 hours General CPD Group Study.
The Faculty of Law reserves the right to substitute and to rearrange presentations as necessary.
The venue is located in the UCC Brookfield complex on College Road
Parking at the main UCC campus, and at the Brookfield complex, is extremely limited
Please book at the following link:
Enquiries: Noreen Delea, Events Manager, Faculty of Law, UCC
Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Phone: 021 490 3220
Cork was the first stop on a national roadshow to explore citizens’ rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters and was well attended by a broad cross-section of the community.
‘Ireland ratified the Aarhus Convention last year and this means that our rights of access to information, participation and justice in environmental matters are now recognised in law. The purpose is to raise awareness of the rights conferred by the Convention and to explore how they can best be implemented and honoured,’ said Mr Kearney one of the facilitator’s at Saturday’s workshop .
Michael Ewing, a long time campaigner for Ireland to ratify the Convention and Coordinator of the Environmental Pillar together with Theresa Carter form Laois Environment Action Forum also presented and faciliated at this full day workshop.
EcCoWell Cork 2013
The 2 day conference on the 26th & 27th of September was a great success. Attached is an excerpt from today’s PASCAL International Digest. We hope that Cork can be represented at PASCAL’s Cities Learning Together conference in Hong Kong, and theIPLC event in Beijing.
The conference is a clear example of the benefits of developing integrated strategies. We are all very inspired and motivated by what we have heard from our overseas delegates and further afield in Ireland as well as all the wonderful work being carried out locally. Our site visit to UCC (Biological Earth and Environmental Science Department) and the Energy Projects in the college) together with excellent presentations at the Lifetime from Scoil Aiseiri Chriost (Farranree Girls Primary) & Scoil Cholmcille CBS, Blarney St. (Boys) on their Green Flag programmes . Laurie Kerrie, visiting delegate from the Natural Resources Defense Council gave an insightful overview of the Energy Project in New York which puts a lot of focus on measurement and benchmarking and is designed to make substantial reductions on the energy use in the buidlings currently with the highest footprint.
The opportunity and the challenge is to continue to work with an EcCoWell approach! See here for full EcCoWell Albumof photos.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr. Catherine Clancy invites you to the EcCoWell, Cities for the Future Conference. With speakers and delegates joining us from almost every continent this should definitely deliver learning from the Global to the Local. Register now at www.eccowell.com.
Check the video out Lord Mayor invites you to EcCoWell Conference
A two day International Exchange incorporating a conference, a marketplace for ideas, site visits to local initiatives, cultural experiences – even some surprises. The two day event explores the EcCoWell approach – integrating strategies across ecology & economy (Ec), community & culture (Co) well-being & lifelong learning (Well). EcCoWell is about taking a holistic approach to policies aimed at creating humane cities that foster quality of life and well-being for their residents. In this age of austerity, it champions using resources more efficiently by building on areas of common interest between sectors, leading to better integrated strategies which harness community support and deliver citizen focussed value added outcomes.
Date: Thursday September 26 and Friday September 27
Location: City Hall, Cork
This conference offers a unique opportunity for public representatives, local authorities and policy-makers to consider the issues around Energy policy objectives such as reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, securing energy supply, and supporting growth, competitiveness and jobs.
Key topics of discussion will include:
Lecturer on shale gas economics throughout the U.S. Member U.S. Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (USEITI), an advisory committee within the U.S. Department of Interior. Founder of Energy Policy Forum, Fort Worth, Texas.
Leader of Green Party, Minister for Communications, Energy and Natural Resources 2007-2011
Chairman Energy Institute in Ireland, former Chief Executive of the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and advisor to Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Change and Energy Security.
This Conference is an initiative of Good Energies Alliance Ireland (GEAI), an NGO with a focus on sustainable energy sources and uses (www.goodenergiesalliance.com).. The Conference is part-funded by Leitrim County Council and Department of Environment and Local Government under the Local Agenda 21 programme.
Leitrim County Council wishes to clarify that whereas it has agreed to partially fund the event, such funding assistance does not indicate endorsement or otherwise of the topics covered in the Conference.
To reserve a place please fill in the registration-and-invoice form and email to goodenergiesalliance[at]gmail[dot]com (payment is via EFT, cheque or invoice).
Each participant will be provided with a pack containing all information and lunch and refreshments are included.
Conference delegate fee: €120
Early bird fee (payment received before 1st September) €100
The Future of Energy in Ireland 19th September 2013
10.00 Welcome Sean McDermott, Chairman, Leitrim County Council
Introduction Chairman: Seamus Granahan, Director of Services, Mayo County Council
10.10 GEAI: Mission and Action
Dr Aedín McLoughlin, Director, Good Energies Alliance Ireland
10.15 Towards 2030 – A different world, a different vision
Eamon Ryan, Leader of Green Party, Minister for Communications & Energy 2007-2011
11.00 Questions and Answer session
11.20 Morning coffee/networking break
11.45 Energy Roadmaps to 2030 and beyond
Matt Kennedy, SEAI, National Delegate 7th Framework Programme
12.10 Wind Energy and Policy
Maurice McCarthy, CEO, Organic Power Ltd. Cork
12.30 Sustainable energy and market needs – Bridging the Gap
David Taylor, Chairman Energy Institute in Ireland
12.50 Question and Answer session
1.50 Review of Morning and Introduction of KEYNOTE SPEAKER
2.00 Cost Benefit Analysis of Unconventional Gas Extraction
Deborah Rogers, Energy Policy Forum, Fort Worth, Texas
3.45 Closing remarks , followed by tea/coffee
Address: Cork Environmental Forum
Enniskeane, Co. Cork
Company No: 340723