PRESENTATIONS

CRNI holds events to raise awareness about the network and its members. 

A key date in our calendar is our biennial conference, held in September / October. We also run seminars, and other public events throughout the year. Below are presentations and images from past events.

2019

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2018

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Future Jobs & Skills for a Circular Economy - 29 Oct 2019

Over 80 people attended this event on 29th October in Athlone, to discuss the types of jobs that will emerge from a more Circular Economy, where and how these will alleviate unemployment.

Speakers photos and information is included below.

Key Findings

  • The Circular Economy will require a holistic approach, disruption to the current system of consumption and has sigificant potential to reduce GHG emissions.
  • Key barriers include the sometimes high cost of reuse and repair, a lack of understanding of reuse, a lack of cross-departmental or sectoral buy-in, poor and complex design of products, failure to monetise the hidden environmental costs of products and a lack of long term thinking.
  • Key opportunities include public procurement, new business approaches and models, tapping growing environmental awareness to drive behavioural change, existing educational supports (see Regional Skills Forum below), exciting research (see below) and emerging ecodesign legislation.
  • The Circular Economy will require skills and jobs across all skills levels, throughout rural and urban communities and could help revitalise sectors like craft or local manufacturing (see Green Alliance presentation below). To support growth in this area, 3rd level institutes need to appraise all courses for circular economy opportunities, we need to address the current mismatch of skills, and look at tech, STEM and data as part of the overall picture.
Chris Gordon (SocEnt Ireland), facilitator, welcoming guests
Event sponsor Joanne Rourke Eastern Midlands Region Waste Office opening talk
Michael Tobin, Dean of Faculty of Further Learning, outlining Athlone IT's role
Duncan Stewart presenting on circular economy and climate action
Caterina Brandmayr, Green Alliance, on the types of jobs in a more circular economy, and where
Panel L-R Una Lavelle (RecycleIT), Roger Warburton (Rediscovery Centre), Nora Fahy (Roscommon Women's Network), Bernie Kiely (Dept Communciations Climate Action and Environment)
L-R Claire (CRNI), Dr Margaret Brennan Fournet (AIT); Fr Shay Casey (AIT), Helen Donnelly (Skills Xchange Mullingar), Prof. Neil Rowan (AIT); Christine Costello (CRNI); Dr Noel Gately (AIT); Chris Gordon (SocEnt)
Panel L-R Enda O'Dowd (National College of Art and Design), Ciaran Nugent (Nevin Economic Research Institute), Sean Tinkler (Wisetek), Tricia Watson (CIWM)
John Costello, Midlands Regional Skills Forum outlining supports available for skills development
Bill Dolan, Chartered Institute of Waste Management and co-sponsors of this event

Circular and Social Enterprises: Helping our Climate - October 2019

Over 65 people attended this event on 24th October in Cork, to meet key authorities and enterprises supporting reuse and recycling in Cork and to explore the Sustainable Development Goals #8 (Decent work and economic growth), #12 (Responsible consumption and production), #13 (Climate action) and #17 (Partnerships).

Speakers photos and links to further information are included below.

ECOWELL Facilitator Martin O'Donoghue opening event
Event sponsors Mary Walsh (Cork City Council) and Pauline McDonogh (Southern Region Waste Management Office)
Karel Vanderpoorten, DG GROW, European Commission
Claire Downey, CRNI
Victor Branagan, representing Boomerang Enterprises
Eugene Glover, Kingdom Furniture Revamp
Eimear Delahunty, FoodCloud & Caroline Murphy, West Cork Eggs FoodCloud supplier
Frank O'Neil, Deaf Enterprises

CRNI at the Sustainability Summit - January 2019

Rosemarie MacSweeney CRNI spoke at the National Sustainability Summit in January 19 about our EPA funded Bulky Items Reuse project. 

Claire Downey also spoke at a parallel Summit on Plastics, Printing and Packaging about plastics and design for a more circular economy. Both presentations, and a short video, are available below.

Rosemarie MacSweeney

Consumer engagement as part of the EPA's Strategy

CRNI Biennial Conference - September 2018

The 2018 conference sought to explore how to change habits to make reuse part of our everyday lives at home and in business.

The full programme is available here and speaker’s biograhpies here.

Presentations from this event are available by clicking on the title below.

Trevor Anderson, Oxfam
Samantha Moir, Zero Waste Scotland
Adam Ferguson, Distilled SCH
Trewin Restorick, Hubbub
Dr Simon O'Rafferty, EPA
Wouter Spekkink, Sustainable Consumption Institute
Suzie Cahn, VOICE Ireland
Dr Sarah Miller, Rediscovery Centre
Dr Colin Fitzpatrick, University of Limerick

Gallery

Claire Downey, Opening Session
Eamon Ryan TD
Sinead Ni Mhainnin, Connaught Ulster Regional Waste Office
Dr Eimear Cotter, EPA
Panel Discussion
Video Booth, filming Reuse testimonials
Jay & Gerry from Riptide Movement with Christine, CRNI
Delicious snacks from FoodCloud ingredients by Trevor of Sophia Housing
Workshop - journey mapping
CRNI members

Social Enterprise, Innovators for a Circular Economy - September 2018

This evening reception was sponsored by the Eastern-Midlands Waste Regional Office (EMWRO) and organised by CRNI as part of an EU-wide campaign by DG GROW to showcase social enterprise.

It was addressed by Karel Vanderpoorten of the European
Commission’s Directorate General for Enterprise, DG GROW and was built around conversations with three social enterprises in the reuse and recycling sector. The evening’s programme is available here

Gallery

City Hall
Musicians
Claire Downey, CRNI
Joanne Rourke, Eastern Midlands Waste Region
Karel Vanderpoorten, DG GROW
Third Space Catering
Workshop Conversations
Workshop Conversations
Workshop Coversations
Lynn Boylan MEP, Enda Fanning Sinn Fein, Claire Downey CRNI

Other past events

Tipperary Green Business' Moving Toward a Circular Economy Event - Click to download CRNI presentation
Tipperary Green Business Event - Ann Marie Donlon (EPA), Christine Costelloe (CRNI), Jean Clarke (DCCAE), Claire Downey (CRNI)
Reuse Month display "At Work" Office Scene including Back2New furniture, Charity Shop clothes & shoes & Camara refurbished laptop
Waterford Partnership Network's ReMade in Wateford Event - Click to download CRNI presentation
ReMade in Waterford Event - Claire Downey (CRNI), Kay Sinnot-Browne (Traditional Skills Unit), Liz Riches (Waterford Partnership Network), Sarah Miller (Redisocvery Centre)

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