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CPD Seminar: The Aarhus Convention, Environmental Matters and Engineering Projects

  • Date(s)
    Tuesday, 9 April 2013
  • Time(s)
    9:00 AM - 3:30 PM
  • Venue
    Engineers Ireland, 22 Clyde Road, Ballsbridge, Dublin 4, Ireland
  • Fee

    Member: €245.00
    Non-Member: €295.00

  • CPD Credit
    1 hour   C1

Aim

This one-day CPD seminar will inform delegates of the fundamentals of the Aarhus Convention, their obligations and responsibilities, and provide examples of the procedures that engineering-led organisations have put in place to ensure they adhere to the convention.

Overview

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) Convention on Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters (commonly referred to as the Aarhus Convention) was adopted on 25 June 1998. Ireland, the last EU member state to do so, ratified the Aarhus Convention on 20 June 2012.
Given recent breaches of EU environment rules, and subsequent fines imposed by the European Court of Justice, as well as the emergence of new environmentally controversial projects, engineering-led organisations working on environmentally-sensitive projects, be they energy, transport, infrastructure, will need to be aware of the Aarhus Convention, how it affects them and the procedures they will need to have in place to ensure they are in compliance.

Speakers confirmed include:

  • Melanie Campbell, Investigator, Offices of the Information Commissioner/Commissioner for Environmental Information
  • Des Cox, Senior Co-ordinator, Public Planning, EirGrid
  • Maria Fitzgerald, Environmental Manager, Railway Procurement Agency
  • RPS Projects Communications Team, RPS Group Ltd
  • Michael Ewing, Irish Environmental Network
  • Dr Áine Ryall, Senior Lecturer in European Union Law and Environmental Law, Faculty of Law, UCC
  • Suzanne Kingston, Barrister/Lecturer, School of Law, UCD

Who should attend

The seminar will be of interest to engineers, planners, environmental scientists and all other professionals working for, or on behalf of, the “Public Authorities” governed by the convention. Those “Public Authorities” include government departments, local authorities, regulatory bodies, non-commercial state agencies e.g. the EPA and commercial state agencies e.g. EirGrid
 

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9 April 2013