Almost 200 national and international researchers and key figures in environmental policy are due in Dublin on May 15 and 16 to attend the “Pathways to a Sustainable Future — A Showcase of Environmental Research” conference.
The conference, organized by the Environmental Protection Agency, will showcase the research projects, thanks to financial investment by the Environmental Research Technological Development and Innovation program, funded by the National Development Plan 2000-2006.
Dr. Mary Kelly, director general of the EPA, said: “The Pathways conference will bring together all of the best in current environmental research in Ireland. The range of issues being tackled is wide and varied. However, they have one common objective — to provide a better environment.”
One of the bigger ERTDI projects is looking at the levels of harmful particulate matter in Dublin, Cork, and Galway. Another example involves crisp manufacturer, Tayto, which is undertaking a project to reduce cardboard usage, while the Furniture College in Galway is researching ways to reduce waste and save energy. There are many similar examples being presented at the Pathways conference.