Symposium Details

Below are the full details of this year's Energy Symposium. Click on the different links below to see what is planned.


Sustainable Manufacturing

With global energy requirements constantly increasing. Conventional methods of producing more energy to meet this growth pose a great threat to the environment. Sustainable manufacturing is no longer just nice-to-have, but a business imperative. Manufacturing Companies across Ireland face increased costs in materials, energy, and compliance coupled with higher expectations of customers, investors and local communities.

This year’s energy symposium will explore the concept of Sustainable manufacturing under two strands

  • Data Analytics for Energy Efficiency
  • Circular Economy

Theme Details

Data Analytics for Energy Efficiency

Energy Efficiency still remains one of the best ways to restrain energy consumption growth without compromising on the customers’ requirements. Improving energy efficiency requires understanding of the usage patterns and practices across the energy value chain. Currently large amounts of data both from the supply and demand side is being collected on a continuous basis. With the advent of the Smart Grid, Smart factory this amount of data is only expected to significantly increase.

This Data will be only valuable if it’s used! so the challenge now is to understand how the energy industry can use this “Data” to improve operational efficiencies, drive down costs and reduce carbon emissions both on the supply and demand side.

This year’s symposium will look at identifying data analytics opportunities and the challenges to adoption.

Circular Economy

Did you know Ireland is the country with the highest plastic consumption per capita in Europe (61kgs)? Did you know Ireland exported 95%of recyclable material to China before China banned almost all plastics and papers as of January 2018? Did you know a more circular economy could counter act this problem? The circular economy movement has been gaining increasing traction across European countries. It is a business model which rethinks the way we use materials in our society, starting from the conception stage, promoting an optimal use of the product, and allowing for better value retention at the product’s end of life. A shift towards a circular economy is not only beneficial for the environment, as it also makes economic sense.

This year’s symposium will to explore potential opportunities to develop circular economy collaborations.

The submissions will be discussed during sessions 1 & 2 on Friday 1st March


Thursday Evening 28th February Pre Conference Reception Ashford Castle 

We are hosting a pre event evening for attendees, offering an intimate, informal, networking opportunity coupled with thought provoking talks from Key Note Speakers.

Places are limited for this event and can only be reserved by a completed submission and confirming Thursday evening attendance.

Chatham House Rules offers a rare chance to dig deep and openly share thoughts on challenges ahead.

Energy Symposium
Day long conference where all attendees present in small clusters spread across 10 different locations in Cong Village.

Welcome Address

Barry Kennedy from IMR will introduce proceedings and explain how the day is structured.


Registration | Ryan’s Hotel

Registration and networking over tea/coffee. Attendees will be given their lanyard on arrival and asked to sign in and be allocated a number.  This number will guide the attendees to their various locations during the course of the day.



Session 1

Three 10-15 minutes and discussions by attendees followed by 30 minute group discussion/sharing on the data analytics.





Short coffee break to get to know the other attendees and further the conversations


15 min



Session 2

Three 10-15 minutes and discussions by attendees followed by 30 minute group discussion/sharing on the circular economy.

75 min




60 min



Session 3

Three 10-15 minutes and discussions by attendees followed by 30 minute group discussion/sharing on the circular economy and data analytics.

75 min



Group Photo | Cong Cross

Photo at Cong Cross

15 mins


Ryans Hotel

30 min


Findings from chairs/sessions

Top level feedback from the chairs and rapporteurs on the day's discussions in Ryans Hotel

30 min

Energy Symposium Finishes


Registration and Drinks reception

On Thursday evening the 28th February we are hosting a pre event evening for attendees, offering an intimate, informal, networking opportunity coupled with thought provoking talks from Key Note Speakers in the Ardilaun Suite in Ashford Castle. Places are limited for this event and can only be reserved by a completed submission and confirming Thursday evening attendance. Registration and drinks reception from 7pm.


Welcome Address | Barry Kennedy | IMR

IMR CEO Barry Kennedy will welcome attendees and introduce speakers and proceedings for the evening.


Shane Colgan | EPA

Presentation Title:

Translating the Circular Economy into National Action


Marcin Kulik | Eiravato

Presentation Title:

Circular Economy Working Outside Ireland


Liam Mc Laughlin | GEN Europe

Presentation Title:

Data Analytics


Anthony McGarry | Ballina Beverages

Presentation Title:

Sustainability - The Role of Energy Management in Sustainable Manufacturing

About Anthony McGarry:

Energy Manager at Ballina Beverages Anthony McGarry obtained a MSc in Energy Management with first class honours from IT Sligo. He is also currently a registered energy auditor with SEAI. Originally electronics engineer qualified from GMIT and has 18 years’ experience working in the computer manufacturing sector in such companies as Amdahl, AST, Stratus Computers & Benchmark Electronics working as Senior Process, Manufacturing, Project & NPI Engineer. Anthony has also worked as Mayo Energy Agency manager for a period. Anthony has 16 years’ experience in the energy sector, during such time has owned his own company (10 years) and lead the energy business development in such companies as RPS & Aramark; specifically the Energy Services Company (ESCO) business development. Anthony also was an energy consultant to SEAI for 8 years prior to joining Ballina Beverages in 2014. Anthony has over his career completed in excess 550 energy audits covering the entire country geographically and sectors such as Public sector, Hospitality, Chemical, Food, Pharmaceuticals, Schools, Farming (Pig Farms), Computer Manufacturing and Offices. Anthony has experience in ISO 50001, M&T, Sustainability, Renewable energy sources, Refrigeration, Lighting, Motive power, HVAC, Boilers, Tariff analysis, Compressed air, CHP, Wind, Hydro and Energy Procurement.


Session Round Up | Drinks Reception

30 mins


Question and answer session with speaker




Submissions to this year’s symposium will focus of knowledge sharing. Participants are required to submit an original case study or a leadership article under the heading of Sustainable Manufacturing. Case studies can address either Industrial energy efficiency improvements or Sustainable (recycling/reuse/reduce) activities while the leadership articles are expected to range from perspective to opinion based.

Attendees need to submit their full case study due end January 2019.

Submission Format

Phase 1 

Interested attendees are requested to submit the following before our deadline of Friday 14thof December 2018.

  • Title of Submission
  • 30 word Abstract
  • Head Shot
  • Biography

Phase 2 

The deadline for the full Case Study or Leadership Article is Friday 1st February and should follow the following case study template structure

  • Problem Statement/Challenge
  • Solution Implemented
  • Results Achieved

The case study should be an original 600 word article with supporting photography/illustrations

  • Include 3 key takeaways/summary
  • Be thought provoking and informative

All submissions will be uploaded to the website.

All submissions will be vetted by our editorial committee prior to posting on the Energy Symposium website.

Click to submit a topic for consideration.


The submissions will form the core of the day long session on Friday 1st March. Each attendee will be given the opportunity to share their unique insights based on their submissions in groups of 10-12 people in a chair led intimate environment.

Session structure

  • Each session lasts 75 minutes.
  • Session kicks off with introductions/life hack (ice breaker)
  • Each attendee given 10-15 minutes to present
  • 3 attendee presentations per session
  • Chair will guide discussion and timings
  • Input into national energy policy formation
  • Rapporteur collates findings

Chairing of session

  • Timings
  • Chair will guide each session, connecting attendees, time management and input into the Energy Symposium report
    • Introductions and icebreaker 10 minutes
    • Attendee presentations 3 X 10 minutes (30 minutes)
    • Discussion 10 minutes
    • Input into energy paper 10 minutes


As presentations are prepublished and shared with all attendees, only 10 minutes will be allocated for each attendee to share the key components of their submission. Powerpoint presentations are not allowed. Attendees are requested to verbally share their findings.

The sessions are deliberately short to keep the insights sharp and precise. In order to facilitate attendees need to:

  • Have presentations ready to go.
  • Take guidance from chair.
  • Have thoughts ready on energy policy input

Networking Time

  • 15 minutes networking is built in, following each session, including a one hour lunch, for attendees to connect with each other and to bring discussion further and investigate collaboration.

Session locations

  • Sessions will take place in social venues spread through out Cong Village from cafes to hotel/bar/restaurant settings.
  • WIFI will be available.
  • Some venues will be exclusive for Energy Symposium while others will be cordoned off areas in busy open venues. This is deliberate to jar and unlock real world social engagement.
  • All sessions will take place around tables with chair and rapporteur guiding the proceedings.


  • Networking: The rapid session format and inbuilt breaks/dinner/lunch are designed to foster the maximum amount of engagement between attendees. The sharing of posts in advance also aims to give attendees greater visibility and understanding of the different perspectives and worlds for enhanced connection on the day.
  • Post Symposium Report: All submissions will be collated in to a report that will be presented to government. This report will be further enhanced by the collated input from the rapporteur on energy policy in Ireland.


  • To produce a pre-event submission
  • Share their insights on the day
  • Contribute to a centralized group led policy document
  • Smart casual dress code



Submission of topic heading
Submit now



Final Submissions
Submit now



Webinars and online sharing


February 28/March 1st 

Energy Symposium d-day



7.00 pm: Registration and reception
8.00 pm: Opening Address Barry Kennedy IMR
8.10 pm: Shane Colgan, EPA
8.30 pm: Marcin Kulik- Eiravato | Circular Economy Working Outside Ireland
8.50 pm: Liam MC Laughlin – Data analytics
9.10 pm: TBC
9.30 pm: Q&A
9.40 pm: Drinks reception



9.30 am:  Symposium Kick Off and Registration – Ryan’s Hotel
10.00–11.15 am: Session 1
11.15 – 11.30 am: Break
11.30-12.45: Session 2
12.45-13.45: Lunch Provided
13.45-15.00: Session 3
15.00-15.30: Networking – Ryan’s Hotel
15.30-16.00: Findings from chairs/sessions – Ryan’s Hotel



Cong is a small village in Co Mayo made famous as the location for the Quiet Man and home to Ashford Castle.
The village itself is self contained and experienced in dealing with transient groups and tourism. There are 3/4 coffee shops, 4 bars, 1 exhibition area and one tourist centre, all within a few hundred meters of each other. Within walking distance of the village is Ashford Castle and Lisloughrey House.
Cong also offers unique opportunities for people to break away after the sessions and enjoy a quick walk through the woods. Sports enthusiasts can also avail of the many running and sporting trails.


The idea behind Energy Symposium is to use these social venues rather than auditorium type rooms. Attendees decide how they wish to present on the day from roundtable chat to show and tell. As all attendees have access to each attendees submission before the event this offers a much richer opportunity to discuss and debate topics.

The provisional venues are:

  • Pat Cohan’s (upstairs and downstairs)
  • Puddleducks
  • Lydons
  • Danaghers (café)
  • Hungry Monk
  • Rare and Recent
  • Quiet Cailin


Registration will take place from 9am on the morning with tea/coffee on arrival. Ryans Hotel also encompasses the Crowes Nest bar where two of the sessions will be held. We will be using a self contained section/alcove of the bar area so there will be some noise as the day goes on. There is WIFI available and we will also have a projector in this area. Mike and Denis will be our hosts for the day.

  • Danagher’s Hotel
    Danaghers Hotel had a bar area and a separate restaurant area. We will be using the separate restaurant area to the right as you enter. Regular dining tables and chairs provided along with a flip charts. Lunch will be served here so if your huddle finishes here stay put. Dinner options are available here. Helena will be our host of the day.
  • Pat Cohan’s
    This venue is a restaurant and will be closed with sessions organized upstairs and downstairs. Ray and Sharon are the owners and Yvonne is our host for the day.
  • Rare and Recent Book Store.
    Rare and Recent Books is a small specialized bookstore and is a small venue surrounded by books but this is part of the symposium experience of jolting our of normal experiences. Robert Scott is the owner and host.
  • The Quiet Cailin
    The Quiet Cailin is a creative crafts and gifts store with a difference. Expect to be in close proximity to each other but surrounded by creative works and people. Michelle Gavin runs the Quiet Cailin.
  • Hungry Monk
    The Hungry Monk is a cafe come restaurant and expect to be clustered around tables and chairs. WIFI is good but drops fast when everyone logs on. The food is really excellent and owner Aisling Butler is part of the slow food movement. Lunch will provided here.
  • Puddleducks
    Puddleduck is a cafe with excellent food. Its a lovely spacious and bright environment and would not be out of place in Dublin. Being so open means that it will have other patrons but we will utilise a cordoned off area. WIFI is good but can drop suddenly (reflective of most places in Cong). Fiona O’Malley is the owner.

Where to stay

Cong has a long history of tourism and has a wide variety of places to stay from 5 star, 4 star, regular hotel, B&Bs, hotel and camp site accommation.
We will be negotiating deals for attendees of the Congregation but in the meanwhile below is a snap shot of some of what is available.

5/4 Star Hotels

Ashford Castle

The Lodge


Ryan’s Hotel

Danagher’s Hotel

Bed & Breakfasts

Michaeleen’s Manor B&B

Hazelgrove B&B

Ashfield House B&B

Villa Pio B&B

Dolmen House B&B



The Cosy Loft
Sinead Collins 086-8120955

River View Apartments
Margaret Collins 086-6612350