EPA National Climate Change Conference 2023

Thursday 25 May 2023, 9:30am
Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dame Street, Dublin 2
Registration for this event is closed

EPA Annual Climate Change Conference 2023
Climate Change on the Ground: Land Use, Land Use Change and Forestry

"Land plays an important role in the climate system... Agriculture, forestry and other types of land use account for 23% of human greenhouse gas emissions... At the same time natural land processes absorb carbon dioxide equivalent to almost a third of carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels and industry" (IPCC Working Group III)

It is in this global context that land, land use change and forestry is currently being considered at a national level in Ireland. 

This conference will highlight the data, evidence and emerging research in the land use area in Ireland from a scientific, policy and practical perspective. Speakers will bring diverse perspectives and insights on land use and climate policies including food systems and agriculture, farming, the co-dependencies and benefits across climate, water quality, biodiversity, and society.

The programme and speaker line up is now available to view/download in the section below. 

Registration for In - person attendance is now CLOSED
However a waiting list for places is running, should you wish to be added to the list, please contact the conference events team on or Tel: +44 (0) 28 90 393837 

There is no limit to online places, but must be registered for a conference ticket in advance to receive the livestream login details. 



Conference Ticket

Download conference programme

Please find a link to download a print ready conference programme.

Conference Programme (Final)

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08:30 - 09:30

Registration & Arrival Networking

09:30 - 10:05

Opening Addresses

Laura Burke, Director General, EPA 

Opening Address
Eamon Ryan, Minister for Environment, Climate and Communications 

10:05 - 11:00

Session 1: Climate and Land Use - Global & EPA Perspective

Chair: Brian Carroll, Assistant Secretary, Department of Environment, Climate & Communications


Keynote Speaker - Climate Change on the Ground - Global Perspective
Prof Jim Skea, Imperial College London 

Ireland 2023 - Climate & land use - EPA perspective 
Mary Frances Rochford, Climate Change Programme Manager, EPA

Following the panel presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience questions, both in person and online.

11:00 - 11:30

Networking and Refreshment break

11:30 - 13:15

Session 2: Land and Climate Science: Informing sustainable land use in Ireland

Session Chair: Dr Frank McGovern, Chief Climate Scientist, EPA


Climate and land use in Ireland
Dr Eamon Haughey, Atlantic Technological University 

The National Land Cover Map – a new perspective on land in Ireland
Rachael Kelly,
Tailte Éireann & Gavin Smith, EPA Analytics 

    The National Agricultural Soil Carbon Observatory
    Dr Rachael Murphy, Teagasc 

    Peatlands rehabilitation
    Dr Mark McCorry, Head of Ecology and Bog Rehabilitation, Bord Na Móna

    Following the panel presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience questions, both in person and online.

    13:15 - 14:15

    Networking Lunch

    14:15 - 16:15

    Session 3: Land Use: Society, Food Systems, and Multiple Benefits

    Session Chair: Dr Eimear Cotter, Director, Office of Evidence & Assessment, EPA


    Co-op supporting suppliers' sustainability journey
    Thomas Ryan, Tirlán 

    Farmer Perspective
    Paul O'Brien, Irish Farmers' Association

    Nicole Keoghan, Farmer

    Nature-based solutions & multiple benefits
    Dr Fran Igoe, LAWPRO 

    Media perspective
    Darragh McCullough, Journalist and Farmer

    Following the panel presentations, there will be an opportunity for audience questions, both in person and online.

    16:15 - 16:30

    Event close


    Getting to the venue

    The Hibernian Conference Centre at Dublin Castle is located in the top courtyard of the complex near the state entrance.

    There is no public parking on site, so nearby facilities include the Q Park Christchurch, Drury Street which are payable locally.

    Please make sure you leave adequate time for your journey as the event will start promptly at 09.30am. 

    Dublin Castle Conference centre can be accessed on foot from Dame Street entrance (beside City Hall), or via Christchurch Place / Weburgh Street/ Castle Street and Ship Street Little.

    Please follow signage when you arrive and present yourself at the registration desks to receive your name badge

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    Contact Us

    Conference Organiser

    If you have any queries please contact the conference organiser team on 

    EPA Climate Change Team 

    If you have any queries relating to the content or programme, please contact: 

    Dublin Castle Conference Centre, Dame Street, Dublin 2

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