Catalogue of Environmental Research Expertise in Ireland

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Organisation Contact Details

Contact First Name: Dara

Contact Surname: Lynott

Contact Address:

15 Hillcrest Mulgannon Wexford Y35 X2D2

Telephone Contact Number: +353 87 9066737

Fax Contact Number:

Email Address: dlynott@gmail.com

Organisation Details

Organisation Type: SME

Higher Education Organisation Name: Other Institute

Other Organisation Name(s) if appropriate: Sustain Ability

Research Organisation or Company/Corporate Website:

Organisation or Individual Expertise:
Mr. J. Dara Lynott Mobile: +353 87 9066737 B.E. (Hons), M.Sc, PE, CEng, FIEI, IoD Email: dlynott@gmail.com Address: 15 Hillcrest, Mulgannon Wexford, Y35 X2D2 Dara Lynott Consultants t/a Sustain Ability 2017- I have since July 2017 set up a consultancy firm to assist individuals, businesses and communities on environmental and sustainability issues. Environmental Protection Agency 1995 - 2017 Deputy Director General 2010 – 2017 Executive Director 2004 - 2017 As an Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency for 13 years I have driven significant regulatory, environmental and organisational change. I have developed and executed the EPA strategies for Sustainability, Enforcement, Research, Licensing and Resource Use, in addition to a significant range of environmental legislation. The delivery of these strategies has been achieved through leadership, clear direction, planning, innovative delivery and by the development of productive working relationships with a wide range of stakeholders, government departments and industry groups. I have developed the capabilities of the EPA in Enforcement, Licensing, Research and Sustainability. As Deputy Director General I chair meetings of the EPA Board in addition to statutory Committees on Environment and Health, Genetic Modification and ICT Enterprise Architecture. I represent the EPA in a wide range of National and International Fora. I have disseminated a significant number National reports and communicated their key messages through a wide range of print, radio and television outlets. I have appended a selection of papers that I have written to this document. Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Sustainability 2016 - 2017 Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use 2012 - 2015 Led a team of 85 staff and a budget of €13 million to deliver the environment licensing programme of the EPA covering all major industrial, waste and wastewater facilities in Ireland. Successfully implemented significant and complex regulatory regimes associated with EU Directives on Industrial Emissions, Urban Wastewater, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats, Chemicals and international protocols. RESULT: • A three-fold increase in EPA licensing activity income to €2.5 million. • Successful delivery of significant change programme to introduce on-line licensing services. • The development and implementation of the €8 million/yr EPA research programme and strategy to identify pressures, inform policy and provide solutions in the areas of climate, water and sustainability. • The development and implementation of the €2.5 million/yr EPA sustainability programme and strategy “Resource Efficient Ireland” to influence positive behavioural change by businesses and communities to become more resource efficient.. • The Development and implementation of the National Plans for Hazardous Waste and Persistent Organic Pollutants. • The annual compilation and reporting of Ireland’s inventories of greenhouse gases (Kyoto protocol), air pollutants (CLRAP and NEC) and waste to meet the requirements of Eurostat, EU, UN and the European Environment Agency. • Effective oversight and operation of Ireland’s Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme worth €1.5 billion of carbon credits for over 100 of the largest carbon producers in Ireland and realising €45million/annum for the exchequer. • Effective enforcement and reporting of UN requirements to Restrict Hazardous Substances (RoHS), F-gases, Mercury and Ozone Depleting Substances. • Effective regulation of Producer Responsibility Initiatives such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste tyres. Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Enforcement 2004 - 2012 Led a team of 100 staff and a budget of €8 million to enforce environmental legislation in Ireland covering all major industrial and waste facilities. Set up new compliance systems for the oversight of local authority functions in Drinking water provision and wastewater treatment in Ireland. RESULT • Developed the enforcement strategies and programmes for the regulation of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, dumping at sea activities and septic tanks in addition to industrial and waste legislation. • Set up and developed the national enforcement network of local authorities and other enforcement agencies to tackle environmental crime, targeting offenders and oversee remediation. This internationally recognised network was a key response to a number of successful European Commission legal actions against Ireland at the European Court of Justice • Significant reduction in E-Coli contaminated drinking water supplies in Ireland • Successful prosecution of hundreds of cases taken in District, Circuit and High Courts including the first million euro fine under environmental legislation. • The delivery on National compliance reports on Drinking Water Quality, Urban Wastewater performance, waste and mines. • Developed and implemented National Protocols on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment and Financial Provision. • Excellent communication of key strategic messages through press releases, reports and media interviews. • Responsible for the National Emission Reduction Plan Implementation. proseci Programme Manager 2003 - 2004 I successfully set up and developed the newly established Office of Environmental Enforcement in response to public concern about the level of illegal dumping in Ireland resulting in the closing out, without fines, of a number of successful European Commission legal actions against Ireland at the European Court of Justice. Senior Inspector 1995 - 2003 I set up the enforcement function of the EPA. This included the policy, procedures and practice for the effective environmental control of Industrial facilities under the Integrated Pollution Control (IPC) regulatory regieme. Weston & Sampson Engineers Inc., Boston, USA 1987 – 1995 Project Engineer I managed staff, budgets and projects in the areas of waste planning, transfer and disposal and wastewater treatment optimisation. These projects, which involved design, permitting and construction, were for 24 municipalities in 3 States. ACCREDITATIONS Institute of Directors member Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI) Chartered Engineer (CEng) Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), State of Vermont EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP Adaptive Leadership Programme - Institute of Public Administration/Harvard Director/Senior Executive Programme – Trinity/Irish Management Institute Expert Witness - Le Touch Lead Auditor EMAS – PE Batalas Project Management – Kepner Tregoe EDUCATION Senior Practitioner Executive Coaching, Post Graduate Diploma (Expected award 2017) Smurfit Business School, University College Dublin Civil/Environmental Engineering, MSc, 1994. Northeastern University, Boston Civil Engineering, BE (Honours), 1987. National University of Ireland, Galway SELECTED PAPERS Lynott, D., We must learn innovative ways to use less and live better , Opinion and Analysis Section, November 23, 2016, Irish Examiner. Lynott, D., Value Based Leadership, The Wheel Leadership Breakfast Briefing series, 2015. Lynott, D., What would Environmental Progress look like? Social Justice Ireland Annual Conference, 2015. Lynott, D., Environmental Data: Priorities and Innovation, National Economic and Social Council Conference, 2014. Lynott, D., O’Leary, G., A Strategic Approach to Managing Risk and Delivering Outcomes Through Environmental Enforcement , 9th International Conference for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, 2011. O’Leary, G., Lynott, D., The Effective Use of an Environmental Enforcement Network In Ireland , 9th International Conference for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, 2011. Lynott, D., “More bang for less bucks” (The challenge of delivering environmental outcomes in leaner times) –Administration Journal, Vol. 58, No. 1 2010, p99-115. The Institute of Public Administration. Lynott, D., Cullinane, R., Administrative Sanctions – Irish Planning and Environmental Law Journal, Vol. 17, No. 1, Spring 2010, P12-21. Lynott, D., Recent Rain has Drowned out the True Cost of Water, Opinion and Analysis Section, January 22, 2010, Irish Times. Lynott, D., The Detection and Prosecution of Environmental Crime – The Judicial Studies Institute Journal, No. 1, 2008, p185-208. Dolk, M., Lynott, D., The Remediation of Contaminated Land in the Republic Of Ireland – Ninth International Waste Management and Landfill Symposium, Sardinia, October 2003. Lynott, D., Regulators Perspective on Hydrogeological Issues Arising During the Licensing Process – Institute of Geologists of Ireland, February 2003.

Organisation or Individual Expertise Keywords:
environment sustainability better regulation environmental legislation licensing community enforcement environmental assessment waste wastewater drinking water financial provision design communication media European commission environmental liability prosecution environmental networks producer responsibility circular economy carbon emission trading resource efficiency

National Research Funding

EPA Research Programme

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas:

 EPA Water Research Pillar
 Sustainable Environment Research
 Climate Change Research
 Green Enterprise Research

Involvement in Relevant National Expert Groups

Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Sustainability 2016 - 2017 Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use 2012 - 2015 Led a team of 85 staff and a budget of €13 million to deliver the environment licensing programme of the EPA covering all major industrial, waste and wastewater facilities in Ireland. Successfully implemented significant and complex regulatory regimes associated with EU Directives on Industrial Emissions, Urban Wastewater, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats, Chemicals and international protocols. RESULT: • A three-fold increase in EPA licensing activity income to €2.5 million. • Successful delivery of significant change programme to introduce on-line licensing services. • The development and implementation of the €8 million/yr EPA research programme and strategy to identify pressures, inform policy and provide solutions in the areas of climate, water and sustainability. • The development and implementation of the €2.5 million/yr EPA sustainability programme and strategy “Resource Efficient Ireland” to influence positive behavioural change by businesses and communities to become more resource efficient.. • The Development and implementation of the National Plans for Hazardous Waste and Persistent Organic Pollutants. • The annual compilation and reporting of Ireland’s inventories of greenhouse gases (Kyoto protocol), air pollutants (CLRAP and NEC) and waste to meet the requirements of Eurostat, EU, UN and the European Environment Agency. • Effective oversight and operation of Ireland’s Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme worth €1.5 billion of carbon credits for over 100 of the largest carbon producers in Ireland and realising €45million/annum for the exchequer. • Effective enforcement and reporting of UN requirements to Restrict Hazardous Substances (RoHS), F-gases, Mercury and Ozone Depleting Substances. • Effective regulation of Producer Responsibility Initiatives such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste tyres. ACCREDITATIONS Institute of Directors member Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI) Chartered Engineer (CEng) Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), State of Vermont


EU Research Partnerships

This researcher or research organisation has expressed interest in the following areas of EU Research Partnerships:

Climate Change


Interests indicated in the Climate Change Joint Programming Initiative

 Sustainable Transformations of Society in the Face of Climate Change

 Improving Tools for Decision-Making under Climate Change

Relevant information in relation to Participation relevant experts groups

Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Sustainability 2016 - 2017 Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use 2012 - 2015 Led a team of 85 staff and a budget of €13 million to deliver the environment licensing programme of the EPA covering all major industrial, waste and wastewater facilities in Ireland. Successfully implemented significant and complex regulatory regimes associated with EU Directives on Industrial Emissions, Urban Wastewater, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats, Chemicals and international protocols. RESULT: • A three-fold increase in EPA licensing activity income to €2.5 million. • Successful delivery of significant change programme to introduce on-line licensing services. • The development and implementation of the €8 million/yr EPA research programme and strategy to identify pressures, inform policy and provide solutions in the areas of climate, water and sustainability. • The development and implementation of the €2.5 million/yr EPA sustainability programme and strategy “Resource Efficient Ireland” to influence positive behavioural change by businesses and communities to become more resource efficient.. • The Development and implementation of the National Plans for Hazardous Waste and Persistent Organic Pollutants. • The annual compilation and reporting of Ireland’s inventories of greenhouse gases (Kyoto protocol), air pollutants (CLRAP and NEC) and waste to meet the requirements of Eurostat, EU, UN and the European Environment Agency. • Effective oversight and operation of Ireland’s Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme worth €1.5 billion of carbon credits for over 100 of the largest carbon producers in Ireland and realising €45million/annum for the exchequer. • Effective enforcement and reporting of UN requirements to Restrict Hazardous Substances (RoHS), F-gases, Mercury and Ozone Depleting Substances. • Effective regulation of Producer Responsibility Initiatives such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste tyres. Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Enforcement 2004 - 2012 Led a team of 100 staff and a budget of €8 million to enforce environmental legislation in Ireland covering all major industrial and waste facilities. Set up new compliance systems for the oversight of local authority functions in Drinking water provision and wastewater treatment in Ireland. RESULT • Developed the enforcement strategies and programmes for the regulation of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, dumping at sea activities and septic tanks in addition to industrial and waste legislation. • Set up and developed the national enforcement network of local authorities and other enforcement agencies to tackle environmental crime, targeting offenders and oversee remediation. This internationally recognised network was a key response to a number of successful European Commission legal actions against Ireland at the European Court of Justice • Significant reduction in E-Coli contaminated drinking water supplies in Ireland • Successful prosecution of hundreds of cases taken in District, Circuit and High Courts including the first million euro fine under environmental legislation. • The delivery on National compliance reports on Drinking Water Quality, Urban Wastewater performance, waste and mines. • Developed and implemented National Protocols on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment and Financial Provision. • Excellent communication of key strategic messages through press releases, reports and media interviews. • Responsible for the National Emission Reduction Plan Implementation. ACCREDITATIONS Institute of Directors member Fellow of Engineers Ireland (FIEI) Chartered Engineer (CEng) Licensed Professional Engineer (PE), State of Vermont

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

No information specified

Water


Interests indicated in the Water Joint Programming Initiative

 Maintaining Ecosystem Sustainability

 Developing safe water systems for the citizens

Details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation were involved in.

Experience of participation in expert groups in this area

Any relevant information in relation to Participation in WssTP or other relevant experts groups

Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Sustainability 2016 - 2017 Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use 2012 - 2015 Led a team of 85 staff and a budget of €13 million to deliver the environment licensing programme of the EPA covering all major industrial, waste and wastewater facilities in Ireland. Successfully implemented significant and complex regulatory regimes associated with EU Directives on Industrial Emissions, Urban Wastewater, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats, Chemicals and international protocols. RESULT: • A three-fold increase in EPA licensing activity income to €2.5 million. • Successful delivery of significant change programme to introduce on-line licensing services. • The development and implementation of the €8 million/yr EPA research programme and strategy to identify pressures, inform policy and provide solutions in the areas of climate, water and sustainability. • The development and implementation of the €2.5 million/yr EPA sustainability programme and strategy “Resource Efficient Ireland” to influence positive behavioural change by businesses and communities to become more resource efficient.. • The Development and implementation of the National Plans for Hazardous Waste and Persistent Organic Pollutants. • The annual compilation and reporting of Ireland’s inventories of greenhouse gases (Kyoto protocol), air pollutants (CLRAP and NEC) and waste to meet the requirements of Eurostat, EU, UN and the European Environment Agency. • Effective oversight and operation of Ireland’s Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme worth €1.5 billion of carbon credits for over 100 of the largest carbon producers in Ireland and realising €45million/annum for the exchequer. • Effective enforcement and reporting of UN requirements to Restrict Hazardous Substances (RoHS), F-gases, Mercury and Ozone Depleting Substances. • Effective regulation of Producer Responsibility Initiatives such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste tyres. Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Enforcement 2004 - 2012 Led a team of 100 staff and a budget of €8 million to enforce environmental legislation in Ireland covering all major industrial and waste facilities. Set up new compliance systems for the oversight of local authority functions in Drinking water provision and wastewater treatment in Ireland. RESULT • Developed the enforcement strategies and programmes for the regulation of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, dumping at sea activities and septic tanks in addition to industrial and waste legislation. • Set up and developed the national enforcement network of local authorities and other enforcement agencies to tackle environmental crime, targeting offenders and oversee remediation. This internationally recognised network was a key response to a number of successful European Commission legal actions against Ireland at the European Court of Justice • Significant reduction in E-Coli contaminated drinking water supplies in Ireland • Successful prosecution of hundreds of cases taken in District, Circuit and High Courts including the first million euro fine under environmental legislation. • The delivery on National compliance reports on Drinking Water Quality, Urban Wastewater performance, waste and mines. • Developed and implemented National Protocols on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment and Financial Provision. • Excellent communication of key strategic messages through press releases, reports and media interviews. • Responsible for the National Emission Reduction Plan Implementation.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects

Other areas of expertise:

Cultural Heritage


→  Developing a reflective society

  Values

  Ethics

→  Connecting people with heritage

  Sustainability

→  Creating knowledge

  Change

→  Safeguarding our cultural heritage resource

  Adaptation and mitigation


Horizon 2020


Horizon 2020 website

Challenge 5 (Climate Action, Resource Efficiency & Raw Materials)

This researcher or research organisation has outlined their interests in Challenge 5 as follows:

Fighting and adapting to climate change

 Assess impacts, vulnerabilities and develop innovative cost-effective adaptation and risk prevention and management measures

Sustainably managing natural resources and ecosystems

 Developing integrated approaches for the sustainable management of water-related challenges

 Further our understanding of biodiversity and the functioning of ecosystems, their interactions with social systems and their role in sustaining the economy and human wellbeing

 Provide knowledge and tools for effective decision making and public engagement policies

Sustainable supply of non-energy and non-agricultural raw materials

 Promote the sustainable supply and use of raw materials, including mineral resources, from land and sea, covering exploration, extraction, processing, re-use, recycling and recovery

 Find alternatives for critical raw materials

Transition towards a green economy through eco-innovation

 Support innovative policies and societal changes

 Measure and assess progress towards a green economy

 Strengthen eco-innovative technologies, processes, services and products including exploring ways to reduce the quantities of raw materials in production and consumption, and overcoming barriers in this context and boost their market uptake

Cultural heritage

 Providing for a better understanding on how communities perceive and respond to climate change and seismic and volcanic hazards

Focus Areas

 Sustainable food security

 Smart cities and communities

→ Competitive low-carbon energy

 Energy Efficiency

 Mobility for growth

 Waste: a resource to recycle, reuse and recover raw materials

Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas

This researcher/organisation has interest(s) in Societal Challenges 5 Priority Areas as outlined as follows

 Systemic Eco-Innovation

 Nature-based Solutions

 Raw Materials

 Climate services

 Cultural Heritage

Expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting Areas

This researcher has indicated interest(s) and expertise in Societal Challenges 5 Cross-cutting areas as follows:

 Water

 Social Sciences & Humanities

 International cooperation

The following information was supplied about International Cooperation in SC5 Cross-cutting areas

Details of Participation in European Innovation Partnerships and European Technology Platforms:

The details of any ETPs or EIP this researcher/organisation have participated in or are currently participating in is outlined as follows.

No participation information provided.


Relevant EU Research Experience

Information in relation to Participation in relevant experts groups

Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Sustainability 2016 - 2017 Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Climate, Licensing, Research and Resource Use 2012 - 2015 Led a team of 85 staff and a budget of €13 million to deliver the environment licensing programme of the EPA covering all major industrial, waste and wastewater facilities in Ireland. Successfully implemented significant and complex regulatory regimes associated with EU Directives on Industrial Emissions, Urban Wastewater, Environmental Impact Assessment, Habitats, Chemicals and international protocols. RESULT: • A three-fold increase in EPA licensing activity income to €2.5 million. • Successful delivery of significant change programme to introduce on-line licensing services. • The development and implementation of the €8 million/yr EPA research programme and strategy to identify pressures, inform policy and provide solutions in the areas of climate, water and sustainability. • The development and implementation of the €2.5 million/yr EPA sustainability programme and strategy “Resource Efficient Ireland” to influence positive behavioural change by businesses and communities to become more resource efficient.. • The Development and implementation of the National Plans for Hazardous Waste and Persistent Organic Pollutants. • The annual compilation and reporting of Ireland’s inventories of greenhouse gases (Kyoto protocol), air pollutants (CLRAP and NEC) and waste to meet the requirements of Eurostat, EU, UN and the European Environment Agency. • Effective oversight and operation of Ireland’s Carbon Emissions Trading Scheme worth €1.5 billion of carbon credits for over 100 of the largest carbon producers in Ireland and realising €45million/annum for the exchequer. • Effective enforcement and reporting of UN requirements to Restrict Hazardous Substances (RoHS), F-gases, Mercury and Ozone Depleting Substances. • Effective regulation of Producer Responsibility Initiatives such as Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment (WEEE) and Waste tyres. Director of EPA responsible for the Office of Environmental Enforcement 2004 - 2012 Led a team of 100 staff and a budget of €8 million to enforce environmental legislation in Ireland covering all major industrial and waste facilities. Set up new compliance systems for the oversight of local authority functions in Drinking water provision and wastewater treatment in Ireland. RESULT • Developed the enforcement strategies and programmes for the regulation of drinking water facilities, wastewater treatment facilities, dumping at sea activities and septic tanks in addition to industrial and waste legislation. • Set up and developed the national enforcement network of local authorities and other enforcement agencies to tackle environmental crime, targeting offenders and oversee remediation. This internationally recognised network was a key response to a number of successful European Commission legal actions against Ireland at the European Court of Justice • Significant reduction in E-Coli contaminated drinking water supplies in Ireland • Successful prosecution of hundreds of cases taken in District, Circuit and High Courts including the first million euro fine under environmental legislation. • The delivery on National compliance reports on Drinking Water Quality, Urban Wastewater performance, waste and mines. • Developed and implemented National Protocols on Environmental Liability Risk Assessment and Financial Provision. • Excellent communication of key strategic messages through press releases, reports and media interviews. • Responsible for the National Emission Reduction Plan Implementation.

Involvement in EU-funded research projects: Please outline details of any previous or current EU-funded projects the individual or organisation was involved in.


LIFE and COST Actions





Go to the LIFE website
Go to the COST website

Interest in LIFE subprogrammes:

 Environment and Resource Efficiency

 Biodiversity

 Environmental Governance and Information


COST Actions/LIFE programmes the researcher is currently or has participated in:


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