Cre Anaerobic Conference Programme

08.00    Registration/Tea/Coffee

Session 1          Updates

09.00    What Does the Future Hold for the Sector?

Martin Eves, Chairman of Cré

09.10    Implementing Ireland’s Waste Policy

Philip will explain the recently published regulations on waste collection, food waste and pay by weight. He will also outline the new regional waste enforcement authorities and provide an overview of the Regional Waste Plans.

Philip Nugent, Principal Officer, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

09.35    Update on Development of New Supports for Anaerobic Digestion

Brian Carroll, Principal Officer, Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources

09.55    Draft National 25 Year Sludge Management Plan

Speaker to be confirmed

10.15      Supports for Biomethane Use in the Transport Sector

Denise Keoghan, Sustainable Transport Division, Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport

10.30    Q&A


10.40    Coffee Break


Session 2          New Ways to Collect More Brown Bin Material

11.00    Results of the National Brown Bin Advisors Pilot in Sligo

Siobhan Gillen & Matthew Byrne, Sligo County Council

11.30    Experiences of Implementing Pay By Weight in County Leitrim

Sean Scott, Leitrim County Council


12.00    Q&A


Session 3          Panel Discussion – The Commercial Food Waste Regulations

Waste Policy – Philip Nugent, Principal Officer, Department of Environment, Community and Local Government

Local Authority – Pete Murtagh, Waste Enforcement Officer, Sligo County Council

Collector – John Dunne, Panda

Processor – Sean Campbell, Thorntons Recycling

Business – Patricia Callan, Director of the Small Firms Association


12.45 Lunch


Session 4          New Era…. New Opportunities

13.45  Opportunities in the Circular Economy and BioEconomy

David Newman – The International Solid Waste Association

14.15  Creating Biomass from Composting Operations- EU Experiences

Arjen Brinkmann, BVOR – Dutch Association of Biowaste Processors

14.45  Harvest 2025 – Increasing Food Production in a Sustainable Way

Padraig Brennan, Origin Green, Bord Bia

15.15  Cré – Institute of Technology Sligo – Certificates in Compost Facility Operation

The students who have completed this course will be awarded their certificates by Dr. Billy Fitzgerald of Institute of Technology Sligo.

Winners of the Cré Industry Awards will be announced