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 […]

More action is needed by Local Authorities to protect Air and Water Quality warns EPA

The EPA has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019. There has been an increase in local authority inspection and enforcement activities relating to waste and litter. Further action and coordination are needed to ensure compliance with air legislation, with a focus on fuels that are on sale and in […]

EPA continued to provide essential environmental enforcement activities during the Covid-19 pandemic using innovative approaches

The EPA employed a range of tools to assess compliance at licensed sites during 2020 and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including the innovative use of Remote Compliance Assessments. Odour complaints about licensed facilities rose dramatically in 2020, peaking in April.  Overall, there was a 92% increase in complaints received by the EPA. The EPA continued […]

The Story of Your Stuff – Investigating the long-term impacts of everyday decisions at heart of EPA second-level schools’ competition

The EPA has launched The Story of Your Stuff, a competition which challenges students to investigate the life cycle of their everyday ‘stuff’ through a creative medium, considering the entirety of the item’s  life cycle. Students are encouraged to use the EPA’s Ireland’s Environment website, www.epa.ie/irelandsenvironment/  as a main resource to assist their research. The Story of Your Stuff […]

Ireland’s Water Quality Needs to be Better Protected – EPA

Just over half of Irish surface waters are in a satisfactory condition. Nutrient concentrations in waters are too high and the trends are going in the wrong direction. Nitrate concentrations are now increasing in nearly half of our river and groundwater sites. Phosphate levels are increasing in a quarter of river sites. Concentrations of nitrate […]

Overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action – EPA

The outlook for Ireland’s environment is not optimistic unless we accelerate the implementation of solutions across all sectors and society. Climate and biodiversity are two of the key challenges we need to address. An investment in the environment is also an investment in our health. Environmental indicators are going in the wrong direction across many […]

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 per cent in 2019. This is the largest annual reduction in emissions since 2011. Despite the decrease, Ireland is still not on the pathway required to meet future targets and a climate neutral economy. Energy Industries emissions decreased by 11 per cent with a significant decrease in coal […]

Food Waste is robbing you blind: freeze your food before its use-by date to save money and reduce global greenhouse emissions

Food waste is costing Irish households up to €700 per year, and 68% say that food passing its use-by date is the main reason we throw out food. Latest EPA survey reports that only 10% of people rate themselves as good at keeping track of food in the fridge. EPA campaign highlights that freezing is […]

Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day, with 33 areas unlikely to receive treatment until after 2021. Treatment at 19 of Ireland’s 172 large towns and cities, including Dublin and Cork, failed to meet standards set to prevent pollution.  This is down from 28 over the past two years. […]

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