The National Infrastructure Summit 2024 (2)

2023 Agenda

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Registration, Networking Arrival Break and Exhibition Viewing


Welcome from the Chair

Entrepreneur and Broadcaster

Welcome & opening remarks from the Morning Chair

Entrepreneur and Broadcaster

Policy, planning and delivery challenges


Emerging trends in infrastructure

Infrastructure will be central to the energy transition and climate adaptation. In our opening session, Michele explains how we need to change (and improve) the way we plan, fund, develop and operate our infrastructure in order to achieve our goals.  

Head of Corporate Finance & EMA Head of Global Infrastructure, KPMG


Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery & Reform



NDP investment, delivery and reform: making sure we deliver the best outcomes for the future of Ireland

Secretary General, Department of Public Expenditure, National Development Plan Delivery and Reform

Policy, planning and delivery challenges

Understanding Ireland’s population trends and infrastructure challenges

With population growth exceeding expectations and targets on greenhouse gas emissions looking very challenging, have we underestimated what infrastructure investment is needed for the country? With our economy at near full employment, how do we manage the need for investment and the constraints on its delivery?

Chairperson, National Competitiveness Council


The big picture: how and where do we invest now to ensure infrastructure delivers a safe, liveable Ireland for all?

Delivery of NDP projects have been adversely impacted over the past 3 years as a result of pauses due to the pandemic, the inflationary impacts from both COVID and the war in Ukraine and the follow-on impacts on the supply chain. 

The highs and lows of the global economy have created a new set of challenges and opportunities for the delivery of infrastructure.

With infrastructure projects remaining key to economic recovery and growth, it is critical that delivery is prioritised whilst value for money is achieved. So where are we now in terms of delivery? 

This panel will discuss: 

  • The impact of rising interest rates and inflationary costs have on infrastructure investment and delivery
  • How can industry, investors and government work together to ensure optimum delivery outcomes?
  • What are the key roadblocks for effective delivery and how can we overcome these?
  • How can we ensure the NDP delivery aligns to regional development objectives and what areas of infrastructure are a priority to ensure regional economic benefit? 
Project Manager (Digiwest) & Policy Analyst, Western Development Commission
Head of Asset Management, Uisce Éireann
External Member, Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board, Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform
Managing Director, Infrastructure & Government Advisory, KPMG

Policy, planning and delivery challenges

SPOTLIGHT on Dublin:

Delivering critical electricity and water infrastructure for Dublin

Powering Up Dublin programme and critical water infrastructure for our expanding capital city

Senior Manager in the Asset Management and Sustainability Directorate, Uisce Eireann
Chief Infrastructure Officer, Eirgrid

Policy, planning and delivery challenges


The future of major infrastructure planning

  • Policy and regulatory updates: What you need to know
  • How can policy be better aligned with practice?
  • What are the blockages and challenges to delivery that need to be addressed?
  • How can government support industry and future infrastructure?
  • What can the industry do to address current workforce constraints?
  • Speeding up the process – how will reforms affect major projects? How can we feasibly speed up the planning process?
Chairperson, Dublin Port Company
Principal Officer, National Investment Office, Department of Public Expenditure and Reform
Director of Main Contracting Services, CIF

Morning break




The challenges and opportunities in delivering sustainable infrastructure for Ireland

Within infrastructure planning and development, there lies a massive opportunity to achieve climate targets and sustainability goals. From reimagining how we consume energy and what source of energy we use within every asset class, to building wind farms to generate clean energy to power our assets. But with this opportunity come many challenges such as how to get such a major shift in how we think about our systems right.

This panel will discuss the new and innovative models we are seeing globally that will better connect our infrastructure and climate goals.

Areas of focus include: 

  • Sustainable transport/Electric mobility
  • The energy system – what do we need from the grid?
  • Cycling & Greenways programme
  • Renewables (Solar and wind energy infrastructure)
  • Sustainable construction and energy efficient homes
Chief Sustainability Officer, CIE
Circular and Bioeconomy, Arup
Chief Infrastructure Officer, Eirgrid
CEO, Transport Infrastructure Ireland

SPOTLIGHT on Healthcare:

Delivery of elective hospitals

Head of Capital Projects, Department of Health


Networking Coffee Break & Exhibition Viewing


Navigating environmental challenges


Changing environmental policy and requirements: What are the key considerations for infrastructure projects?

  • The opportunities and challenges involved in delivering sustainable infrastructure How do we develop resilient infrastructure to minimise climate change exposure risks?
  • Leveraging innovation to build future-proof infrastructure
  • Funding sustainable and resilient infrastructure: The implications for the public finances
Professor in Transportation and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering, TCD
Director, Office of Environmental Sustainability, EPA
Acting Chief Economist and Head of Secretariat, Irish Fiscal Advisory Council


Infrastructure for London:  TfL’s strategic approach to infrastructure project delivery

This session will explore:

  • How TfL are aligning transport to growth and demand for housing and other key infrastructure
  • How investment in transport can feed into and enable ‘The London Plan’
  • What can Ireland learn from the TfL journey?
Managing Consultant, Transport for London

Navigating environmental challenges

SPOTLIGHT on Renewable Energy

Harnessing the scale of our offshore wind potential: How do we make it happen? 

Senior Investment Director, Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF)
CEO, Source Galileo


Investing in strong strategic spatial planning to ensure the delivery of the critical infrastructure

Investing in strong strategic spatial planning is not only a key but arguably the factor in ensuring the delivery of the critical infrastructure. We have seen the positive results of effective master-planning, mapping out key development milestones in action.

In this session we will explore how careful evaluation, robust stakeholder engagement and a clearly defined strategic spatial plan can lead to the successful delivery of the critical infrastructure we all depend on.

Deputy Regulator, Office of the Planning Regulator

Navigating environmental challenges

SPOTLIGHT on Circularity:

Pioneering innovation and circularity in infrastructure projects

CEO, BladeBridge
Head of Corporate Innovation, ESB Group
CEO, Future Cast


Getting the planning and governance that is needed to address infrastructure gaps

  • Achieving optimum long term project outcomes through effective planning and governance
  • Ensuring return on public investment and attracting private investors through good governance 
  • Aligning the planning and procurement process to the climate goals of infrastructure delivery
Infrastructure, Governance and PPP, OECD
Construction Advisor, Office of Government Procurement (OGP)
Director & Town Planning Consultant, HRA and External Board Member, Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board - Irish Government

Navigating environmental challenges


Minister for Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery & Reform

Lunch break



How Digital Collaboration is Key to Digital Success

Senior Consultant, Diatec Group

Networking Lunch Break & Exhibition Viewing


Welcome back from the Chair

Entrepreneur and Broadcaster

How should our national wealth be invested and how should infrastructure projects be prioritised?


What can we learn from the UK’s experience in delivering strategic infrastructure projects? 

With over 30 years’ experience in financing and delivering projects across a wide range of sectors, Julia Prescot has become a trusted adviser to Government and industry. She shares her insights on addressing long-term infrastructure challenges.

Co-Founder at Meridiam, Deputy Chair at National Infrastructure Commission, UK


How taxing SUVs and tolling trucks can help clean up transport

This session will focus on:

  • How taxation can address the growing width, height and emissions of private passenger vehicles, particularly SUVs 
  • How a national per-kilometre truck toll, with a 75% reduction for zero emission (electric and hydrogen) vehicles, can clean up road freight  
  • Highlighting the developments on the above issues from across the EU and explore potential application in Ireland
Manager - Freight, Transport & Environment (T&E)

How should our national wealth be invested and how should infrastructure projects be prioritised?


Delivering sustainable transport infrastructure

Director Transportation, AECOM
Assistant Director - Transport investment, National Transport Authority


Delivering Uisce Éireann’s Capital Investment Plan

This spotlight will explore the Uisce Éireann Capital Investment Plan, how this aligns to the NDP and enables other infrastructure development projects. We will learn about a series of key projects such as Cork Lower Harbour, Arklow, Athlone and Ringsend.

Infrastructure Delivery Director, Uisce Éireann

How should our national wealth be invested and how should infrastructure projects be prioritised?

SPOTLIGHT on EV Infrastructure

Update on charging network plan

As Ireland continues down the path towards net zero, more and more electric charging points will be central to achieving that goal. Where are we on our EV charging network plan? What are the obstacles we need to overcome?

Head of Zero Emission Vehicles Ireland, Department of Transport
CEO, ePower


Future proofing capital investment works to climate risk

This session will discuss the: 

  • Irish Rail Capital Investment programme and projects
  • Planning and modeling for regional transport hubs
  • New climate challenge we face and how we are tackling this through the East Coast infrastructure protection programme
Infrastructure Head of Programmes & Projects for Iarnród Éireann

How should our national wealth be invested and how should infrastructure projects be prioritised?


What are the most promising strategies to successfully build Ireland’s future infrastructure?

Ireland’s future-focused economy is being held back by significant deficits in our physical public infrastructure. 

  • Identifying the infrastructure needed to support surging population growth
  • What are the top 3 infrastructure priorities Ireland should focus on to meet the demands of surging population growth
  • How can we leverage technology such as AI and data analytics to optimise infrastructure operations and improve the overall performance of critical infrastructure networks?
Chief Planner/ Head of Strategic Planning, Land Development Agency
External Member, Project Ireland 2040 Delivery Board, Department of Public Expenditure, NDP Delivery and Reform

Closing remarks and summit close

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