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ELEVATING IRELAND: THE VITAL ROLE OF CONSTRUCTION IN BUILDING SUSTAINABLE GROWTH

8:00am
Entrepreneur & Broadcaster
8:10am
President, Construction Industry Federation
8:20am
Director General, Construction Industry Federation

SUPPORTING INWARD INVESTMENT AND ECONOMIC GROWTH FOR THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY

9:00am

The contribution of Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to the Irish economy is far reaching and it is estimated that 20% of all private sector employment in the State is directly or indirectly attributable to FDI. Ireland’s ability to attract and retain FDI is the result of a number of factors and consistent policy-making by the Government over many decades. This panel will discuss the crucial role the construction industry plays in supporting inward investment and economic growth in Ireland.

Topics will include how the industry can continue to ensure that:

  •  emerging technologies, new workflows and solutions can deliver projects faster, minimise risk and enable organisations to deal with the growing complexities of projects
  • our national innovation system enables collaboration between industry, academia, state agencies and regulatory authorities so that Irish research and training centres act as beacons that attract prospective FDI and provide a capacity for applied research, supporting firms to develop innovative products and services
  • our pro-enterprise policy and attractive business environment support our strong reputation as a great place to do business
  • we continue developing and nurturing talent so that we remain an attractive destination for internationally mobile, highly skilled people
  • we expedite infrastructure investments to have a pipeline of key capital projects for our industry
Technical Director Auto Desk Division, NTI Diatec
Managing Director, Dornan Group
Managing Director- Data Centres, John Sisk & Son (invited)
9:30am
CEO, Collen Construction
Country Lead Ireland & Operations Director, Amazon Web Services
9:45am

with Ivan Yates

Partner, Construction and Engineering, Arthur Cox LLP

DELIVERING ENERGY EFFICIENT UTILITIES AND SUPPORT INFRASTRUCTURE 

10:30am

The construction industry has a major role to play in facilitating the provision of energy efficient, low carbon infrastructure and utilities and support infrastructure. It has to support the industry to innovate to decarbonise the energy sector in order to contribute to a national target of zero net emissions of greenhouse gases in Ireland by 2050.  This panel will explore how the built environment needs to make the transition to energy efficiency now if we’re going to secure a better future for all:

  • how can we address the critical pillars of ESG, corporate sustainability obligations and develop business strategies, plans and actions?
  • how can we tackle the energy and environmental challenges of population growth?
  • how can we expedite the delivery of sustainable infrastructure whilst also decarbonising construction?
  • what are the most sustainable and environmentally friendly ways to improve transportation infrastructure?
  • what tech innovations and key trends are shaping a greener future for construction?
Chair of CIF ESG Panel, CIF Vice President, MD, Clonmel Enterprises Ltd.
Head of ESG, CIF
11:00am

Delivering a better quality of life, supporting economic growth and respecting the environment.

Roads Portfolio Manager, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) (invited)

DELIVERING A PLANNING SYSTEM THAT SUPPORTS PROGRESS

11:15am

Ireland reached a significant milestone in 2023, as its population exceeded five million people. This demographic shift carries profound implications for the country’s economic landscape, including labour force dynamics and infrastructure. Our economy is also thriving and last year, despite global challenges, it was the fastest growing in Europe, with GDP growth of 12.2%. These dynamics underscore the need for strategic planning and policy initiatives to ensure we can accommodate the growing nation, while fostering sustainable economic prosperity. 

  • how can we increase investment in the people, processes and technology that support the planning system. 
  • what are the challenges and opportunities for housing delivery in Ireland?
  • how can the Government prioritise its streamlining processes within planning and delivery bodies, so that we can expedite infrastructure and housing delivery?
  • what is the impact of the revised National Planning Framework (NPF)? 
  • reviewing the National Development Plan – is it reflective of the recent population growth and the inflationary pressures of recent years?
Acting Principal Planning Adviser, Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage
Director, Housing & Planning at Construction Industry Federation (CIF)
Director of Investment and Development, Respond
Managing Director, Tom Phillips and Associates
11:45am

Sarah Ingle talks to Ivan Yates about ensuring uncompromising quality and a safeguarding of standards across the sector

Registrar, Construction Industry Register Ireland (CIRI)

BUILDING RESILIENCE IN AN EDUCATED, DIVERSE AND INCLUSIVE WORKFORCE FOR THE FUTURE

1:00pm
1:15pm

In the dynamic landscape of the construction industry, upskilling the current workforce holds paramount importance. As technologies evolve and advance, empowering our construction professionals with new skills and knowledge is a strategic necessity. This panel will discuss the CIF Careers in Construction Action Plan, how it is educating the workforce of the future on offsite manufacturing and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC) and how it is driving progress in this space to enable efficiency in time and cost, and high quality outcomes.

·       Topics include:

·       educating the workforce of the future

·       the impact of new techniques and methods on construction education

·       the role of youth in sustainable development

·       increasing pathways into construction

·       ensuring a diverse and inclusive work culture

·       futuristic technologies, the impact of AI, the effect of technology on the jobs market

Senior Research Fellow, Overseas Development Institute (ODI)
Principal Officer, Dept of Further and Higher Education
Ireland Country Lead, Talent Beyond Borders
2:00pm
Entrepreneur & Broadcaster

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