Future In Pharmaceuticals Ireland 2024 Speakers

Adrian McCarthy - Energy Strategy Lead - Johnson & Johnson
Presentation Title: Our Decarbonisation Strategy & Next Steps

Adrian has over 30years experience in Facilities and Utilities with Military, Bio, Pharma and Med Tech. Over the past 15years Adrian has had a passion for energy management and strives for carbon neutrality in operations.

From initially qualifying as an Electrical Artificer in the Naval Service, he has worked in some of the major multi-nationals gaining further education such as, Certified Energy Management, Lean Certification, Project Management Certification, Process & Plant Technology BSc (Hons) & Renewable Energy and Energy Management MSc.

There have been many achievements in his career from, being part of the team to be the first Pharma site to achieve ISO-50001 Certification, to winning multiple awards both nationally and internationally.

Adrian has been with Johnson & Johnson for 5years and is a Senior Manager based in DePuy Synthes. He has responsibility for developing and leading Campus Ireland Strategy and J&J goal of Carbon Neutrality in our Operations.


Brendan Kelly - Head of Commercial - Bord na Móna Renewable Energy
Presentation Title: Large Scale Renewable Energy Parks

Brendan is the Head of Commercial at Bord na Móna Renewable Energy and is responsible for developing commercial strategies and full commercialisation of Bord na Móna’s 2GW+ development pipeline. He is also leading the diversification strategy for the company specifically in the areas of Offshore Wind, Green Hydrogen, Power to X, and Flextech.

Brendan has over 13 years’ experience in the Utility and Energy sector. Prior to joining Bord na Móna, Brendan held several senior management positions with Smart Wires, an Energy Technology company, based out of the Bay Area in California. At Smart Wires, Brendan was responsible for development of the EMEA business and subsequently led the company’s business expansion into the Canadian market.

Brendan also previously held senior engineering roles at EirGrid, the Irish TSO, most notably leading the design of Grid Connections for over 2GW of wind generators and the initial tranche of Data Centres to the to the Irish system.

Brendan has an Electrical Engineering background having received his Bachelors and Masters degree in Electrical Engineering from University College Dublin.

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Dearbhla Stapleton - Industry Programme Manager - SEAI
Presentation Title: SEAI Supports for Industry Decarbonisation

Dearbhla Stapleton is the SEAI Industry Programme Manager. She is responsible for managing SEAI’s Large Industry Energy Network, a collaborative network of approximately 200 of Ireland’s largest energy users. SEAI provide member companies with a range of supports including advisory services, training and events focussed on energy management and decarbonisation. A Chartered Mechanical Engineer, Dearbhla has over 25 years’ experience across a range of sectors including engineering consultancy, design, construction and energy. Dearbhla is passionate about driving Ireland’s energy transition and supporting businesses on their decarbonisation journey.

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Denis McCarthy - Senior Commercial Energy Consultant - Kore Energy
Presentation Title: The Future of Energy Cost Savings for the Pharmaceutical Sector

Denis McCarthy is Senior Commercial Energy Consultant with over 25 years of extensive experience in the Energy sector. Holding an Honours Degree in Energy Management from Technical University Dublin (TUD), Denis’s career is decorated by exceptional achievements, and he is an integral part of the Kore Energy success story.

Established in 2004, Kore Energy, is the Market leading Energy Consultancy to Large Energy Users (LEUs) in Ireland.  Through ambition and innovation, Kore Energy pioneered the very first flexible Energy contracts in Ireland. Today, it has a proven track record in successfully delivering significant cost savings to the Pharmaceutical industry.

Kore Energy is uniquely positioned to provide a reliable and expert Renewal Energy Procurement and Carbon Management service, in tandem with Risk Management and bespoke Market Intelligence to help the Pharma sector achieve its sustainability and E.S.G. targets by securing PPAs that deliver maximum value and impact while minimising risk and cost.

Find out more about Kore Energy at www.kore.ie


Dr. Derek Sinnott (Senior Lecturor) SETU and (Managing Director) at Future Focus Solutions
Presentation Title: CSRD

Derek is an advocate of sustainable business development through organisational productivity and performance optimisation, high performance leadership, sustainability and ESG reporting, low carbon and digital innovations. Derek’s specialist interests include: Personal and Executive Coaching, construction project delivery, operational excellence, the circular economy, lean, and transition to a low carbon economy.


He is an experienced Executive Manager with a demonstrated history of leadership in the Higher Education and Construction Industry. Derek is a Member of the Board of the Pyrite Resolution Board (PRB); a Member of the Audit and Risk Committee of the PRB; a judge for the Irish Construction Excellence Awards; and Member of the South East Region Committee of Engineers Ireland.


Gerry Shannon - Director - Obton Ireland 
Presentation Title: Hedging your power costs with solar.

Gerry has spent twenty years securing Project Finance for solar, mostly in South Africa, then Middle East and then here in Ireland since 2018 delivering Utility Scale Solar. Gerry recently completed signing a 15 year Corporate Power Purchase Agreement with a major International Pharmaceutical company. Now Shannon is addressing the compelling issue of leveraging external assets to generate power, such as Pharmaceutical Plant Rooftops, Car-Parks and your surrounding land, with behind-the-meter applications. Obton is delivering Grant Aided benefits to the industry with compelling Power Cost reductions. Guarantees of Origin (GOOs) qualify for the emerging ESG-compliance requirements of your industry.

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Kieran Ryan - Energy Manager - MSD (Ballydine)

Kieran is a manufacturing engineer with over 25 years of experience across different industries. He has worked in heavy manufacturing facilities, medical devices and currently works in pharmaceuticals. He has held the role of Energy Lead for over 15 years in various companies. As the MSD Ballydine Environmental Sustainability program lead, Kieran is responsible for delivering the site Energy Program which currently includes, ISO50001, Heat Pumps, Electric Boilers (DS3), Solar PV Roof, Ground & Solar thermal…etc. He is also responsible for leading the All Ireland MSD Carbon Transition Work Strand and responsible for leading and providing hands on support for the site Water, Waste & Biodiversity work strands ensuring all achieve targets.

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Laura Morrison - Sustainability Advisor - BITCI

Laura has extensive experience and expertise across the governance and social areas of responsible business. She co-leads BITCI’s work on business and human rights. She also works closely with BITCI members to build capability in foundational areas of governance such as stakeholder engagement, performance measurement, and reporting and disclosure. She runs the BITCI Munster Members’ Network, a vibrant regional community of practice for sustainability practitioners.

Laura’s early career was spent as a political risk consultant, providing political risk advice and due diligence services to companies investing in emerging markets. She joined the international energy firm BP in 2013 as Group Political Adviser, later becoming Senior Adviser for Communications and External Affairs across a portfolio of projects in sub-Saharan Africa. Her experiences ideally prepared her to support other companies in identifying and managing risks and opportunities around sustainable, responsible business, and she joined BITCI in 2022 after a spell as Associate Director with the sustainability consultancy ERM. She has undergraduate and postgraduate degrees in international politics from the University of London and a diploma in Renewable Energy Management from the University of St Gallen in Switzerland.

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Lorna McDowell - Founder & CEO - Xenergie

Lorna McDowell, founder and CEO of Xenergie,  brings over 30 years experience in developing and consulting senior leaders in organisation development and culture, notably for multinational/global organisations as well as scaling organisations.   She works extensively with the life sciences sector both in Ireland and at C-Suite level in the USA, and, with her team at Xenergie, has gained huge respect for her fresh thinking and ability to inspire and motivate teams to be more influential, impactful and inspired in developing and taking practical ownership of their future.  Before founding Xenergie, an Irish business with international success, she spent many years in the technology sector in international marketing and communication, before switching her attention to the deeper space in which leaders think and operate to create impact.

A multiple award winner, the Social Energy approach has generated ground-breaking success with organisations such as Boston scientific and Merit Medical, where Ireland-based leaders have upskilled their  leadership to think and work more systemically with a stakeholder-led mindset, experiencing more influence and businss impact as a result.  The programme was acknowledged by Skillnet Ireland as a case study of excellence at a national level in 2022/3.

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Marguerite Lynch - Senior HSE Manager - Hovione Eireann

Marguerite Lynch is an HSE Senior Manager for Environment and Sustainability with seven years of experience in Hovione working alongside the HSE team in Cork.

Marguerite has a deep technical interest and understanding of environmental compliance and sustainability. With over 20 years of experience in wastewater, waste management and NPI and has recently started supporting the energy management team.

Marguerite's inspiration is the amazing women in her life her mother, sister, close friends and colleagues who have pushed through to grow and are happily enjoying life".

The project

With support from Irish Manufacturing Research, Hovione undertook a 12-week project to focus on the True Cost of Water.

The corporate team supported this strategic project, with the Cork site selected as the pilot.

Across the Hovione manufacturing facilities, increasing regulatory pressures on consumption and discharges exist.

We aimed to identify opportunities to reduce water consumption and plan a digital control and monitoring system.

The project was based on five main steps:

  • system analysis.
  • system description.
  • data acquisition.
  • water balances and interpretation.
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Maria Diffley - Co Founder - SustainIQ

Presentation Title: "Understanding the Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive (CSRD)"

Having worked in the sustainability space for well over a decade, both Maria and her business partner Liam recognised the need for a solution which helped companies to navigate the complexities involved in measuring, monitoring and reporting on their Sustainability and ESG investments. In response, they created SustainIQ, an agile, integrated, real-time reporting tool which calculates a company's impacts on the environment, local communities, and their people, through their products and supply chain. This data provides organisations with business intelligence that wasn’t previously being considered in strategic decision-making.

Prior to the establishment of SustainIQ, Maria worked with Business in the Community, providing support and advice on CR to the private, public and voluntary sectors. She also holds an MSc in Sustainability and CSR.

She is passionate about harnessing the power of business to positively impact the world and has advocated for long-term partnerships between business and community development organisations since her teens. She has helped with the capacity-building of many charitable and social enterprise organisations both locally in Northern Ireland and in the Developing World.


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Paul Lundy - Site Energy Lead - AbbVie
Presentation Topic: Data Analytics and Energy Metering: A Pathway to Carbon Neutrality

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Peter Loveday - Senior Project Engineer-Operations - Coftec

Peter Loveday is a Senior Project Engineer-Operations with Coftec and has been working in the water treatment industry since 2017. His experience includes projects in the pharmaceutical, hospitality, datacentre and municipal sectors in Ireland, UK, Europe and Costa Rica.

Specifically, Peter has been working with modular plantrooms since 2018. Peter worked on several projects including a containerised potable water treatment plant for a luxury resort and a potable water treatment plant serving a coastal community in Costa Rica, several modular plantrooms for the datacentre sector in Europe and skidded, standardised solutions for the pharmaceutical sector in Ireland.

Peter graduated with an MSc in Mechanical Engineering from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne, Switzerland in 2011, and initially started his career in the field of Computational Fluid Dynamics.

He successfully switched to Water Treatment in Costa Rica before moving to Ireland in 2020.

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Rob Lyons - Business Development Director - 

Rob has over 25 years in Sales & Marketing having worked in various industry's fostering long-term relationships, identifying new growth opportunities and deploying bespoke solutions to improve customer success while leading high-performance teams. Rob has recently joined ISO Baseline Ltd as Business Development Director to compliment the technical orientated skillset, that existed within the business with a skillset formed from a number of key roles in sales, marketing & business development.

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Sebastian Herrmann - VP Lifesciences -
Presentation Title: Sustainability in pharma – necessity or opportunity?

Sebastian is a Partner at Siemens Advanta Consulting leading MedTech, MedDevice, Pharma and BioTech customers through their digital and sustainability transformation journeys. His passion lies in enabling the right technology strategies through organizational enablement. Sebastian has 17 years of experience in the technology and consulting space and has gained experience in international settings covering US, Europe, Middle East and India.


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Sergio Contreras - Senior Energy Engineer - Boston Scientific
Presentation Title: Decarbonisation through Electrification of Heat

Sergio Contreras is a Senior Engineer at Boston Scientific Corporation, where he is responsible for leading the decarbonisation efforts within the company's real estate. This involves implementing the company's energy strategy C3Cut energy use, Convert to renewable sources, and Compensate for unavoidable carbon emissions. Sergio is a Certified Energy Manager accredited by the Association of Energy Engineers and has prior experience working with pharmaceutical companies in Ireland, as well as Oil & Gas engineering and construction firms in Europe and South America. He holds a Master's degree in Energy Systems Engineering from the University of Galway and a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the National University of Colombia.



Dr. Shane O’Sullivan - Power-to-X Manager - ESB 
Presentation Topic: Decarbonising the Irish energy system – the role of renewable electricity and hydrogen

Shane has over twenty years’ experience in the energy sector. He has a PhD in energy conversion systems and is currently ESB’s Power-to-X manager. He and his team are actively developing low carbon projects to deliver on ESB’s 2040 net zero carbon strategy. Shane has a wealth of experience in the Irish electricity sector and has worked in variety of management roles including commodity trading, asset management, commercial, and strategy.


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