Creating a Pathway to Sustainability – The Why and How

  • Event: Creating a Pathway to Sustainability – The Why and How
  • Date: 26/04/2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • Venue: Centre of Excellence, Ei Electronics, Shannon Industrial Estate, Shannon,
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This event has been structured to give companies of all sizes an appreciation of the steps involved in creating a pathway to sustainability. 

It will be both instructional and illustrative. Presenters from:

  1. Climeaction (
  2. Analog Devices (
  3. Heraeus (

will cover a broad spectrum of topics such as timelines, workload, deliverables, cost, and funding, with real-life examples of sustainability in action and the payback attained.

Having worked with some of the world’s largest energy users to deliver tangible results in carbon emission and cost reductions, Climeaction’s Paul Murphy and Annie Duffy will outline the key steps that define a climate action journey:

  • Setting a baseline for carbon foot printing – the challenges and opportunities
  • Auditing corporate performance; identifying opportunities for improvement
  • Deploying strategy
  • Setting targets
  • Planning key initiatives

Interactive participation with the audience will generate feedback on the 10-15 most common practices that can easily be remedied, giving attendees practical takeaways to implement post the event.

Having identified projects with the potential to deliver €2m cost savings to Analog Devices Limerick in 2023, EHS and Sustainability professional Elaine O’Connell and Facilities Director Vincent Hudner will demonstrate how getting buy-in at all levels in an organisation is critical to success, and why involving the right decision makers and allocating time and resources to sustainability is essential.

Heraeus Metal Processing, Precious Metal Chemical Catalysts’:

  • Managing Director Douglas Joy
  • Sustainability & Digitalisation Lead, Conor Quin, and
  • Operations Manager, Conal O’Brien

will give a comprehensive overview on the types of projects companies can undertake to achieve their sustainability goals. Having commenced the journey five years ago driven by one person, the CEO, Heraeus now has a team of 9 people dedicated to enabling the company attain net zero.

Start or enhance your sustainability journey by attending this seminar.


                                                                                                                                                                                                                Paul Murphy cofounded Climeaction in 2021 to provide climate action solutions for all types of businesses. An energy and process engineer by education, Paul has previously held senior positions in global consulting organisations and is a non-executive Director of RGFI. He has extensive global experience in industrial energy efficiency and decarbonisation of manufacturing organisations, being a key advisor to some of the world’s largest companies across five continents in the food and dairy, beverages, manufacturing and life science sectors. Paul and his team work with companies of all scales, providing the same level of service and expertise, regardless of size. The Climeaction team have worked with over 340 companies in the past 18 months on climate action, many of which are located in the Shannon region.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Annie Duffy is a multi-disciplinary Climate Action Consultant who has worked with businesses of all scales on decarbonisation strategies. Annie’s background in engineering followed by research experience in the Smart Factories sector has provided an in-depth understanding of manufacturing processes. Her additional education experience in Sustainability in Enterprise encapsulated many perspectives of sustainability and sustainable development including management, sustainable energy and technical project analysis.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Elaine O’Connell is an accomplished EHS professional with over 23 years’ experience in the field of EHS and Sustainability. She had worked for over 17 years with Stryker and was involved in their global sustainability strategy. Elaine has held roles previously as an Environmental manager in Hitech Plating, Finsa Forest Products, and with Sligo County Council. She joined Analog in 2022 as an EHS Engineer. She is a member of the Sustainability Team, Green Team and works with external regulators and government agencies.  Elaine is focus is on the Limerick sites sustainability strategy, smarter travel programme, internal audit process for ISO 14001 & 450001 and legal compliance programme. Elaine was part of the team that just achieved certification to ISO 50001 and also managed the application for the gold award as a Cycle Friendly Employer.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                Douglas Joy is the Managing Director of Heraeus Metal Processing Ltd (HMPL) in Shannon, Ireland. Subsequently, he has held a variety of positions within the Heraeus organization over the last 11 years including Global Head of Commercial Excellence (Hanau, Germany), Global Key Account Manager for Dow Chemical and Regional Business Manager Functional Materials (Santa Fe Springs, CA), as well as US General Manager of their Sensor Division (Yardley, PA). He moved to Ireland at the end of 2022 to help guide HMPL into their next growth phase. Previous to Heraeus, he spent 20 years in the scientific instrumentation markets focusing on technologies such as NIR, nuclear, pressure and temperature.  Doug is married to Maria with four children. He has a MS in Chemistry from Boston University and a BS from the University of Florida.  

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Conal O’Brien is the Operations Manager for Heraeus Metal Processing Ltd and has been with the organization for over 25 years. He is a highly motivated, dynamic and flexible individual with a broad spectrum of experience including Operations Management, Project Management, Maintenance, Strategic Planning and Lean Manufacturing. He has been an accredited HPS auditor and worked with multiple production facilities around the world supporting operational excellence. Conal possesses a considerable amount of precious metal inventory management skills and has implemented a variety of strategic and cost effective solutions to support business growth. His passion, when not working is his family. In his spare time, he dives along the Co Clare coastline with the Ennis Sub Aqua, a club in which he has been affiliated with for over 23 years and has been a certified SCUBA instructor since 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    Conor Quin joined Heraeus Metal Processing Ltd (HMPL) in Shannon, Ireland as a Chemical Engineer in October 2022.  He is currently leading the Sustainability & Digitalization initiatives for the site. Conor also focuses on continuous production improvements and supporting procurement for capital expenditures. He graduated from University of Limerick with a degree in Chemical and Biochemical Engineering (BEng). He has also worked as a processing engineer designing wastewater treatment plants. He enjoys playing rugby and keeping active.