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Investigating the long-term impacts of everyday decisions at heart of EPA second-level schools’ competition – The Story of Your Stuff - Jan 13 2021, 11:00 AM
The EPA today launched The Story of Your Stuff, a competition aimed at secondary school students, which seeks to empower young people to make environmentally conscious decisions about their everyday ‘stuff’ and activities.

EPA publishes 2019 Annual Report and Accounts - Dec 17 2020, 11:41 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report and Accounts for 2019 which highlights delivery of its role as a regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment.

Ireland’s Water Quality Needs to be Better Protected - Dec 15 2020, 12:01 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the Water Quality Indicators Report 2019 which provides an assessment on Ireland’s surface water and groundwater quality.

Ireland’s generation of hazardous waste continues to rise, says EPA. EPA Publishes 2019 Hazardous waste Figures - Dec 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its latest hazardous waste figures for Ireland. Hazardous waste includes ash produced by waste to energy facilities, contaminated soils and chemicals.

'Environmental Resilience' A new lecture series from the EPA and IIEA - Dec 01 2020, 10:25 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) are delighted to announce a new lecture series on ‘Environmental Resilience’ which will begin this Friday, 4th December.

The overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action - Nov 24 2020, 11:55 PM
Ireland’s Environment: An Integrated Assessment 2020 reveals that enduring and systemic challenges are putting pressure on the environment and remain to be solved. These cut across different environmental topics such as climate, air, soil, water, biodiversity and waste, and across organisations and sectors, business and all levels of society.

Greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out - Nov 19 2020, 11:55 PM
The EPA, as the competent authority for reporting Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, has today published its provisional greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland for 2019.

Food Waste is robbing you blind: freeze your food before its use-by date to save money and reduce global greenhouse emissions - Nov 17 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage people to take a simple action to reduce food waste, by freezing surplus food before its use-by date.

‘Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public’ – EPA - Nov 12 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2019, released today, highlights that delays in upgrading treatment systems around the country are prolonging risks to the environment and public health.

Covid-19 and Global Carbon Emissions: A glimpse of the challenge of reaching the Paris climate commitments - Nov 10 2020, 9:55 AM
Dr Josep (Pep) Canadell, the Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Climate Science Centre and the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action.

Conference on Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges - Nov 09 2020, 7:00 AM
The conference Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2020 will take place on Wednesday 11th November. The conference, is co-hosted by the EPA and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL)

European Radon Day: EPA urges people to test their homes for cancer-causing radon gas - Nov 06 2020, 11:45 AM
On European Radon Day, 7th November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on all householders to test their homes for this cancer-causing radioactive gas.

EPA finds that half of all complaints received during first nine months of 2020 were in relation to activities at four licensed industrial and waste sites - Oct 19 2020, 10:00 AM
The EPA today published the latest National Priority Sites List, and also published updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first nine months of 2020.

Using green and blue spaces will benefit both your physical and mental health - Oct 08 2020, 11:00 AM
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 green and blue spaces to health and wellbeing at a joint Webinar today.

Unwrapping Ireland’s food waste: Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food, with 41% of people reporting they throw away bread - Sep 29 2020, 11:00 AM
New findings from an EPA survey, show food waste is a high priority in Irish households, with 54% of those surveyed reporting this issue as a concern to them. The survey shows that people have a strong sense of their role in preventing food waste and expect retailers; restaurants; and manufacturers to act on food waste.

Transport emissions result in an exceedance of an EU limit for air pollution in Dublin - Sep 25 2020, 12:02 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual Air Quality Report 2019, coinciding with World Lung Day. The report shows that, while air quality in Ireland is generally good and compares favourably with many of our European neighbours, there are worrying localised issues.

New Director Joins EPA Board - Sep 16 2020, 3:23 PM
The EPA is pleased to welcome Dr Ciara McMahon onto the EPA Board. Dr McMahon took up her new position as Director on 15th September 2020.

High Consumption and throwaway culture must be tackled by business, policymakers and people, says EPA - Sep 16 2020, 11:00 AM
Levels of municipal waste generation in Ireland continue to be closely linked to high consumption levels, as well as a single-use and throwaway culture, according to the EPA's National Waste Statistics Report for 2018, which includes the most recent official data on waste generation and management in Ireland.

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA - Aug 21 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA today released the 2019 Annual Report on the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) – a Government of Ireland initiative led by the EPA. The report highlights the activities carried out during 2019 to support and promote Ireland’s transition to a circular economy.

Ireland’s packaging recycling rates going in wrong direction says EPA - Jul 31 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA has today published its latest figures on waste packaging in Ireland. They indicate that Ireland continues to generate significant amounts of waste packaging, amounting to just over 1 million tonnes in 2018 remaining unchanged since 2017.

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