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. […]

Using green and blue spaces will benefit both your physical and mental health

Using green and blue spaces benefits people’s physical and mental health Green and blue spaces should be protected, maintained and integrated in health, planning and other social and economic development policy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) will launch the key findings from jointly-funded research projects on the benefits of […]

High Consumption and throwaway culture must be tackled by business, policymakers and people, says EPA

 Ireland generated 14 million tonnes of waste in 2018 across all sectors. Municipal waste, from household and commercial sources, amounted to 2.9 million tonnes in 2018, up 3.5 per cent on 2017. Ireland’s waste management practices have changed significantly in the past two decades: Landfill disposal has fallen sharply to 14 per cent in 2018, […]

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA

EPA publishes the National Waste Prevention Programme 2019 report highlighting activities and initiatives which support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland. Over €400,000 invested through Green Enterprise programme to support innovation and demonstration projects for the circular economy. CIRCULÉIRE, Ireland’s circular manufacturing platform, established – targeting 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and […]

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection There are an estimated half a million septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland. Half of the 1,160 septic tank systems inspected in 2019 failed. Householders with private wells are particularly vulnerable to pollution from faulty septic […]

EPA announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs

A circular economy must be part of Ireland’s green recovery supporting job creation, generating economic growth; and improving our environment. This EPA fund provides an opportunity for business and companies to innovate in areas such as food waste, plastics and construction and demolition to provide new products and services. A circular economy is based on […]

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series – The Green Deal: Delivering a Climate-Neutral Europe

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting Dr Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of DG Climate Action of the EU Commission, to speak as part of the EPA Climate Lecture Series on Thursday 6th February.  Dr Runge-Metzger, will speak about the European Green Deal, Europe’s new ambitious growth strategy and give insights into how it will deliver […]

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