Speakers 2013


Registration from 8.15am


EMPI- Conor Molloy – Event Chairman

cmolloyEMPI is a professional body for the energy management services sector operating in Ireland. With continued growth in demand for energy management and energy savings, the mission of EMPI is to play a leading role in facilitating and supporting the work of a national network of energy professionals.

EMPI is a professional body; it aims to foster world-class energy management services in the interests of customers, EMPI members, the environment, and protect the independence and integrity of the profession.

Minister Simon Coveney.

simoncoveneySimon Coveney TD was appointed Minister for Agriculture, Food and Marine on March 9, 2011. He represents and Cork South Central constituency.

He was first elected to Dáil Éireann in a by-election for Cork South Central in October 1998, following the untimely death of his father, Hugh Coveney TD. He has served in a number of senior Party and Oireachtas positions.

Simon served as a member of the European Parliament between 2004 and 2009. He is also a former member of Cork City Council.

Bord Bia – Padraig BrennanSenior Business Analyst – Origin Green

padraigbrennanPadraig Brennan holds the position of Manager, Sustainability Development in Bord Bia.

Over recent years Padraig has led a number of Bord Bia research programmes examining Sustainability and its implications for the Irish food and drink industry. He has been part of the team involved in the development and implementation of Bord Bia’s Origin Green Sustainability programme, which aims to demonstrate the commitment of the Irish food and drink industry at both farm and manufacturing level to producing in a sustainable manner and highlight the targets being set by the industry to deliver further improvements over time.

Padraig is from a farming background in Kilkenny and holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from UCD and a Masters in Marketing from the University of Western Australia.

Glenisk – Rachel Eades – Sustainability Officer

readesGlenisk is a family-run producer of organic dairy and goats milk products based in Killeigh, Co. Offaly. Established in 1987, the company switched to organic production in 1995. Among many benefits, organic farming prevents the use of harmful chemicals and fertilizers while increasing bio-diversity and the long-term productivity of the soil. In addition to promoting organic agriculture, Glenisk works to reduce its impact on the environment across all aspects of the business.

Glenisk employs an ethical sourcing policy throughout its supply chain, with a focus on recyclable packaging and supporting small family farms across Ireland. Glenisk uses electric vehicles and operates a strict recycling programme on-site. Wastewater is treated through an innovative reed bed system, with power supplemented by an on-site wind turbine. Glenisk has been auditing their carbon footprint since 2008 and is working to reduce emissions through increased efficiency. One of the first verified members of Origin Green, Glenisk is a leader in sustainable Irish food.

Rachel Eades is the Sustainability Officer at Glenisk.

Bewley’s Tea & Coffee – Eamonn Diver – Engineering Manager

eamonndiverEamonn holds the position of Engineering Manager at Bewley’s manufacturing facility in North county Dublin. He is responsible for all Engineering & Energy requirements within the production facility at Bewley’s, key responsibilities of my include;

  • Lead the functional development of craft personnel so they have the necessary skills to provide the technical expertise required to drive improved plant performance and meet future business needs.
  • Maximise asset performance by driving and implementing “perfect” plant initiatives in the manufacturing process.
  • Optimise the value of external suppliers to provide best solutions and maximise asset performance.
  • Provide problem solving at a high level ensuring permanent and lasting results.
  • Provide specialist engineering support to the business to ensure our plant and equipment is best fit for purpose, maintained to the highest standard and operates in an energy efficient manner.
  • Develop process improvement and optimisation to ensure less energy consumption per output of product in line with best practices in energy management.
  • Ensure energy objectives and targets agreed under the “Origin Green” program are delivered.

Eamonn has over 20 years’ experience in the food manufacturing industry with a BEng in Engineering Systems Maintenance and BSc in Electrical Services & Energy Management. He has a passion for energy efficiencies and the environment awareness.

Diageo Ireland – Conor Browne – Head of Capital Strategy Global Beer

cbrowneConor Browne is senior Leader in the beverage industry with over 20 years’ experience. He has operated both at a European and Global level across a range of leadership roles. In recent years he has lead key programs in the area of Energy Management, both at an Operational and Capital Investment level.
Has a strong track record in alignment and delivering leading edge business strategies in the areas of  Engineering, Operational and Change management programmes.
Specialising in Project / Programme Management, Capital Engineering Investment Strategy and Management including Energy Management. He is also experience also in R&D Technology Development, Marketing Innovation and Brand Change.

 ABP Food Group – John Durkan – Sustainability & Environmental Manager

Johndurkan300John Durkan holds a Bachelor of Environmental Science, a Master of Science in Waste Management and an MBA in Business Management.

John is the Environmental and Sustainability Manager for ABP for over 20 years and has developed ABPs’ Sustainability policy over the past five years.  ABP views sustainability as a key business metric, one that provides positive outcomes, improves competitiveness and makes sound business sense.

John has implemented many accredited systems within the processing sites to deliver sustainability e.g. ISO 14001 to good effect.

In today’s business environment, resource inputs are costly and their efficient usage is warranted. ABP’s campaign ‘Doing More with Less’ has commenced the decoupling of resource inputs to productivity. These resources include water, electricity, fuels, and other inputs.

 Deloitte – Peter Sharratt – Sustainability goes mainstream

peter sharrattNo longer is sustainability a ‘nice to have’ it is now an essential element of business; a lens through which organisation can achieve operational excellence (lower cost), risk migration (e.g. supply chain), better governance (e.g. crisis management) and growth (new market).

Peter Sharratt will talk about this experience in driving increased enterprise value.

 Certfication Europe – Dr.John Ryan – Director of Services

John RyanAs an expert and advisor in the area of energy/carbon management, John has delivered seminars, workshops and training courses internationally on sustainable energy management (ISO 50001); is co-author of energy management systems – an Implementation Guide & an Audit Guide and of “Energy Managment, Practices and Principles” a MEUC and British Gas publication.

With a background in science, John has been involved in arena of business risk management system design, implementation, maintenance and audit for the past 15 years. This has included the standards in the following areas:

  • Energy Management (IS 393; EN 16001, ISO 50001)
  • Environmental Management (ISO 14001; BS 8901; LCA; Eco-design; Due Diligence)
  • Occupational Health & Safety (OHSAS 18001)
  • Corporate Governance (SWiFT 3000)

Dawn Farm Foods – John McGrath (Business Developement)/Larry Murrin (CEO)

dawn copyBased in the Republic of Ireland, Dawn Farms has firmly established itself as the leading European supplier of cooked and fermented meat ingredients to the foodservice and manufacturing sectors. The Dawn Farms group of companies includes two state-of-the-art production facilities in Ireland, including International Meat Ingredients (IMI), and TMI Foods in the UK producing cooked bacon, protein-based snacks and roasted vegetables, and a partnership with Minerva Foods SA in Brazil, the foremost cooked meat ingredients specialist in South America.

A specialist business-to-business company, Dawn Farms is export focused and prides itself on growth through long-term investment and strategic alignment with blue chip international foodservice, QSR brand and food manufacturing customers.

Operating to Lean business principles to maximise value for our customers, we are your partner in custom solutions offering a one-stop shop in B2B cooked and fermented meats for use in the pizza, ready meal, sandwich and the wider foodservice and retail sectors – all with a truly global reach.

Electric Ireland – Hilco Hakman – Energy Consultant Services Manager

hico3Hilco is an experienced engineer and has worked in the telecommucations construction Industry for 20 years implementing cable network projects worldwide in the Middle East, the Far East, Africa and the Caribbean.

In 2001 Hilco moved to ESB Contracts to manage their telecom construction division.

In 2005 Hilco had a career change and left the construction business behind. He moved to ESB Independent Energy, now known as Electric Ireland, to become their manager energy consulting services for the Business markets.

Energy consulting services is an integral part of Electric Ireland’s business. Electric Ireland wants to build long terms relationships and work together with business customers to improve their energy efficiency, reduce their energy consumption, reduce their energy cost, improve their carbon footprint and become more competitive.

2Degrees Network – Martin Chilcott – CEO


Martin Chilcott is a serial, social and environmental entrepreneur. Currently, most of his time is spent as CEO of 2degrees -the industry leader in Fully-Linked Collaboration™ – driving smarter, faster, sustainable business growth.

2degrees helps organisations collaborate and unlock hidden opportunities for efficiency and growth by being more sustainable, enabling them to access essential information, solve problems and innovate.  It does this in a unique way by harnessing the collective expertise of the 33,000 + sustainable business practitioners on the 2degrees platform; enabling the sharing of best practice, providing access to information and supporting collaborative problem solving.

GS1 Ireland – Denis O’Brien – Director of Standards & Solutions

denisobrienDenis O’Brien joined GS1 in Spring 2012, bringing with him a wealth of industry experience in IT systems, traceability solutions and GS1 Standards implementation. Denis has immense expertise in the use of GS1 standards to enable supply chain visibility and business automation and has worked alongside GS1 for over a decade.

Denis was the key developer of the Kepak-Musgrave Beef Traceability System in 2005. In his new role as Director of Standards and Solutions Denis will be leading GS1 Ireland’s consultancy and professional services team.

Crowley Carbon – Norman Crowley – CEO


In 1996 at the age of 26 Norman founded his first technology company Trinity Commerce. Trinity was one of the first Internet eCommerce services companies in the world. By 1999 Norman had grown the business to 5 countries and 150 people. In 1999 Norman sold a majority stake in Trinity to Eircom Plc just before the peak of the internet bubble.

In 2001 Norman founded Inspired Gaming Group with 8 people in Dublin. By 2006 Inspired was the largest players in the world in the area of Server Based Gaming (SBG) and was floated on the London Stock Exchange. By then it was headquartered in London and had grown rapidly to 2500 people and had revenues of US$500m. In 2008 Inspired was sold to a private equity group for a valuation of €500 million.

Along the way Norman also co-founded “The Cloud”, Europe’s largest Wifi operator. This business was sold recently to Rupert Murdoch’s BSKYB for circa €80m.

In 2009 Crowley Carbon was founded with the vision of becoming a major player in the 1 trillion dollar global energy efficiency market. Crowley Carbon has developed a range of cutting edge technologies that increase energy efficiency in the commercial and industrial energy efficiency sectors. One of Crowley Carbons key inventions is Thermal Server, an industrial boiler that uses 80% less energy than traditional boilers.  The business model has now evolved to also offer financial solutions to clients to ensure a green light for projects by providing funding.

In December 2012 Crowley Carbon announced a new agreement, estimated to be worth €64 million over the next three years with “Emrill”. one of the largest Facilities Management Companies in the Middle East.

Norman lives in Wicklow, in the hills above Enniskerry with his wife, two daughters and two dogs and can be spotted every morning running or cycling up the nearest mountain.

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