Large decrease in air pollution from traffic in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

While air quality in Ireland in 2020 was generally good there are worrying localised issues. Air pollution from traffic fell at all monitoring stations, particularly at urban roadside locations, as a consequence of reduced traffic volumes due to Covid-19 restrictions. However, Ireland was above World Health Organization (WHO) air quality guidelines for particulate matter (PM), […]

EPA publishes Green Public Procurement: Guidance for the Public Sector

Minister Ossian Smyth today launched the EPA’s revised Green Public Procurement: Guidance for the Public Sector at the EPA’s Circular Economy Conference 2021. Green Public Procurement is a process where public authorities seek to source goods, services or works with reduced environmental impact. Annual public sector purchasing accounts for up to 12 per cent of Ireland’s GDP (approximately […]

The evidence is clear, global climate change means Ireland is warmer and wetter – EPA

Long term observations in Ireland provide important insights on the causes and consequences of Climate Change; Increases in atmospheric levels of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide have been observed in Ireland, and reflect the increasing global levels of these key drivers of global warming; Global warming has resulted in Ireland’s climate becoming warmer and […]

EPA statement on the publication of the IPCC Working Group 1 report

IPCC Report echoes key findings of EPA publications on Ireland’s projected greenhouse gas emissions For Ireland to transform to a climate resilient, biodiversity rich and climate neutral economy by 2050, there needs to be a significant and immediate increase in the scale and pace of greenhouse gas emission reductions Irish authors and scientists contributed to […]

Save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce food waste

The average Irish family will save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce their food waste. Vegetables, fruit and salad are the foods that are thrown out most often in the home. Ireland has committed to halving food waste by 2030. Scientists estimate that food waste produces up to 10 per cent of […]

Fixing septic tanks that fail inspection is a priority, says EPA

Over half (54%) of septic tank systems failed inspection in 2020. Three quarters of systems failing inspection since 2013 have been fixed, but failure to resolve older cases is a concern. Grants of up to €5,000 are available to fix systems. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the report Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections […]

€10.5 million funding for research to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.5 million available for new research projects, the funding will be provided under four themes: Addressing climate change evidence needs Facilitating a green and circular economy Delivering a healthy environment Protecting […]

The story of disposable face masks – video claims top prize in the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition

A video that creatively examines the environmental life cycle of disposable face masks has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition. This year’s competition received a record number of entries, with over 300 submissions from schools across the country. Now in its fifth year, the competition hinges on story-telling around real […]

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020

In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies – covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme – fell by 6.4 per cent. Emissions decreased by 8.4 per cent from the electricity generation sector, due to more renewable energy and less fossil fuels. The overall decrease in industrial emissions is 3.5 per […]

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information available to the public and policy makers in Ireland. LIFE EMERALD is part funded by the European Commission LIFE funding programme. The main objectives are: o  an operational 3-day ambient air quality forecast; o near real-time mapping of the main air […]

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