Energy Symposium 2019 (Ireland)

Cong, Mayo, Ireland

28 February 2019 - 1 March 2019

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 also 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

H4.0E partner 3CEA has been invited to speak at the Annual Energy Symposium in Cong, Mayo, Ireland. Shane Faulkner will present on the Housing 4.0 project and how it relates to the theme of Sustainable Manufacturing.

Hosted by the Irish Manufacturing Research Organisation and taking place over two days, many speakers across various sectors will come together in small intimate environments to assist with knowledge sharing and group discussions on the data analytics and circular economy aspects of Sustainable Manufacturing.

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.

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.


Energy Symposium 2019 (Ireland) Agenda

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.

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

Friday 1st  March - Energy Symposium
Day long conference where all attendees present in small clusters spread across 10 different locations in Cong Village.


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.

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