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IRDG: Sustainability-Unlocking the Innovation Opportunity

Start: April 28, 2021 End: April 29, 2021

IRDG: Sustainability-Unlocking the Innovation Opportunity

Companies are at different stages of maturity when it comes to the subject of Sustainability.  To help you on your journey, from wherever you are starting, IRDG have some inspiration from real industry stories to guide you.

Join IRDG on 28th & 29th April when a number of member companies and guests will join us for a very special event looking at how others are tackling the sustainability challenge.  The sessions will be covering everything from sustainability strategy to sustainable innovation – seeing how sustainability considerations (environmental, social, financial) are being integrated into all company systems including design, research and development (R&D) and day to day operations.  Many stories will also demonstrate how companies have created new business opportunities with sustainability at their core.

Wednesday, 28th April 2021

8.55 – 9.05 Introduction & Welcome
Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG 

9.05 – 9.10 Opening Address
Ossian Smyth,?TD,?Minister of State for Public Procurement and eGovernment 

9.10 – 10.00 Seeing Sustainability as your next big Innovation Opportunity
Chris Sherwin, Sustainability, Innovation & Circular Design, PA Consulting 

10.10 – 11.00 Astellas Kerry Plant – Journey to Sustainability
Megan Staunton, Facilities Energy Engineer & Roseanna O’Brien, Environmental Coordinator, Astellas 

11.10 – 12.00 The Journey towards zero-impact Operations at LEGO Group
Anita Friis Sommer, Head of Sustainable Operations, LEGO Group 

12.10 – 12.25 Sustainability Focused Funding Supports
Darragh Gaffney, RD&I Services Manager, IRDG 

12.25 – 13.15 Opportunities for Innovation for Irish Business
Panel session with Derarca Dennis, Partner, Climate Change and Sustainability Services Lead for EY Ireland, Thomas Arnold,?Advisor Sustainable Development Goals, European Commission and Denis O’Leary, Head of Smart Energy Technologies, ESB 

Thursday, 29th April 2021

9.00 – 9.10 Introduction & Welcome
Denis Hayes, Managing Director, IRDG 

9.10 – 10.00 Leveraging Environmental Impact Insights and LifeCycle Assessment as a catalyst for change
Robert O’Mahony, Head of Sustainability, Logitech 

10.10 – 11.00 The key role that Innovation plays in the Sustainability approach at Carbery Group
Enda Buckley, Director of Sustainability, Carbery Group 

11.10 – 12.00 Sustainability and ESG – What Investors Require
Dorothy Maxwell, Senior Director Sustainability, Davy Horizons 

12.10 – 13.15 Products, Services and Business Models of the future
Panel Session with Frank Fleming, CEO, Verifact; Sean Sheehan, Founder & CEO, Wisetek and Glyn Griffiths, Lead Sustainability Consultant, Design Partners



This is a public event so non-members are welcome to attend.  Tickets are €195 per person and can be booked directly here below.

IRDG Member special ticket is just €25 per person.  Members please contact Mary Byrne for details of the promotional code to access these discounted tickets or refer to invitation issued by email.  Any industry wishing to get more details on membership can also contact Mary on the link above.