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Mon, 22 Apr


Europe House

Earth Day Workshop - Single Use Plastics Directive

Earth Day Workshop - Single Use Plastics Directive
Earth Day Workshop - Single Use Plastics Directive

Time & Location

22 Apr 2024, 09:00 – 12:30

Europe House, Europe House, 12-14 Mount Street Lower, Dublin 2, D02 W710, Ireland

About the event

9.00 am – Registration

9.15 – Welcome

Session 1: The EC SUP Directive and Banned items, Law and Monitoring Progress

Chair Philip Nugent, A. Secretary, Department of Communications, Climate Action & Envi.

9.25 - The SUP Directive ban of select single-use plastics an Overview

Julia Roettgerding. Policy Officer (ENV/B1 – Circular economy, sustainable production and consumption). European Commission - DG ENV

9.40 – Transposing the Directive into national law and ban since July 4th 2021

Colm Lambert Circular Economy Materials Management Division DECC

9.50 – Implementation and enforcement in Ireland: Status and plans.

Jarlath T Duffy, Senior Inspector/Senior Manager EPA.

9.55 – Q and A

Part 2: Monitoring progress

10.10 – Findings: Banned Marine Litter in the Coastwatch autumn shore surveys;

Karin Dubsky,  Coastwatch

10.20 – Findings: SUP Awareness and Attitudes Survey; Will Mitchel,

10.30 - Discussion

11.00 Coffee Break with photogenic celebration cake for banned items which have declined dramatically as seen in marine litter and display of problems left to solve.

Session 2: Tackling the Ban-resistant SUP plastics - chair Karin Dubsky

11.20 - Ambition: Directive & Coastwatch More4nature project work on SUP banned items

Bernie Connolly, Coastwatch coord team more4nature project

11.25 - Overcoming compliance challenges.

Brian Harrington Legal perspective and Cecilia Harrington procurement expert.

11. 35  Law and Law enforcement - International examples

Gaëlle Haut EU affairs Coordinator, Surfrider Foundation Europe

11. 45  Divide into 2 breakout groups to discuss and recommend action

A – Law and Law enforcement

11.45 – 12.15 Discussion  and proposals

B - Campaign route brain storming

Facilitator Sean Scott, LGMA

A city initiative: Boston cutlery pouch; Maya Galante, NEU Boston

Scouts can do it: Kevin Lynch, Venture Scouts Section Leader

University Change: Johnny Dabrowski, Trinity College Dublin &

12.20 Feedback from both breakout groups with action proposals.

12.30  Official Close Barbara Nolan, Head of EC Representation in Ireland.

12.45 End


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