Office of Environmental Sustainability

This Office of the Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for:

  • The Climate Change Programme in the EPA which has responsibility for Emissions Trading and Registry operation, Kyoto Project Mechanisms, National Inventories and Emissions Projections, Scientific Advice and Climate Change Research.
  • Coordination the national Water and Sustainability Research pillars including identification of environmental pressures, desired solutions and policy relevant knowledge.  Through our research and development programme, the Environmental Protection Agency is generating the knowledge and expertise needed to protect and manage Ireland's environment.
  • Authorisation of specified activities (licensing of Integrated Pollution Prevention Control (IPPC) facilities and large waste activities; Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) Permits; registration of GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) users in Ireland; Dumping at sea permits; registration of Local Authority recycling activities; and permits for Urban Waste Water Discharges).
  • Activities that underpin national Resource Efficiency policy objectives, for example, implementation of the National Waste Prevention Programme, reporting on national waste statistics, waste classification, supervision of producer responsibility schemes, and dangerous substances limitation and elimination.   

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