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Fourth National Environment Conference Launch
The launch of the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Fourth National Environment Conference, entitled “Towards a Sustainable Environment”, which is sponsored by Deloitte & Touch, Intel Ireland Ltd, Oxigen Environmental Ltd and Xerox (Europe) Ltd., was launched on Tuesday, 3rd September.

Waste Management is a complex issue with many different perspectives on what the problems are and on what the appropriate solution strategies should be. The strength of this national 2-day event is the way it offers the only forum that brings together representatives from business, local authorities, government and academia. This multi-disciplinary approach means that all facets of the issues are explored to the mutual benefit of all.

The Conference Launch was addressed by Minister Pat the Cope Gallagher, Minister for State at the Dept. of Environment and Local government, Duncan Stewart TV Presenter and Producer for RTE, Brendan Linehan Director ENFO, Rodd Bond President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce and Liam McCallion Chairman of Dundalk Chamber Environment Committee.

Liam McCallion, Chair of Dundalk Chamber Environment Committee, discussed the content of the conference which takes place the 8th and 9th October, highlighting that it would offer a comprehensive programme covering a wide spectrum of groundbreaking concepts, theories and developments. The conference will feature papers such as legislation updates, waste management from the business perspective, waste management in a retail environment, environmental infrastructure, recycling, alternative energy, new technologies and a range of waste management perspectives from Europe, Finland and Switzerland.

Rodd Bond, President Dundalk Chamber of Commerce, commented that “At a point in time when the world’s attention is focused on the outcomes of the South Africa Earth Summit, and when the sustainability of the planet poses massive challenges for planners trying to balance economic and environmental pressures, it is appropriate that our conference this year should contribute to the debate taking a regional and national perspective –to think globally while acting locally.

Minister for State Pate the Cope Gallagher, T.D. congratulated Dundalk Chamber of Commerce for organising the conference and for keeping the issue of waste management to the fore. He commented on how since Dundalk Chamber of Commerce first organised this annual event 4 years ago, we have in fact moved quite a distance on waste management: All local and regional waste management plans are now in place; segregated waste collection services, as envisaged under those plans are being rolled out; and recycling facilities have become more and more widespread.

However, he also stated that we certainly have many problems to overcome but acknowledges that there has been a change in attitude and mindset and a greater willingness to change and take the necessary difficult decisions. Minister Gallagher stressed his confidence in the Conference as a forum to assist in making that happen, he stated: “As in previous years, the Conference programme promises an impressive range of speakers with a wide range of expertise from both home and abroad, along with contributions from specific business sectors. This is appropriate given the increasing role producer responsibility initiatives will play in waste management in years to come. The conference will provide an excellent forum to discuss how best we can respond to the changed waste management environment and how we can prepare for accelerated change in the coming years.

In his address to delegates at the Launch, Duncan Stewart, TV Presenter and Producer for RTE, agreed with the Minister stating that “the Conference is a catalyst for change, a centre for synergy which will bring solutions for the future that are now imminent.”

For further information contact:
Michelle McCafferty
Conference Co-ordinator
Tel: 042 9336343 Fax: 042 9332085
Email: michelle@dundalk.ie
Author:Neil Flynn
Email: ndfl@indigo.ie
Posted Date:9/6/2002

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