Date released: Nov 19 2014, 2:26 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2013.
The report provides an overview of significant work undertaken by the EPA in 2013, setting out the progress made to address the nine strategic priorities identified in the EPA’s Strategic Plan 2013-2015, Working with others for a Better Environment. These priorities reflect the challenges being faced by the EPA and Irish society.
Launching the report, Ms Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, said:
Ireland’s environment remains generally in a good condition. In striving to fulfill our vision of a clean, healthy and well protected environment supporting a sustainable society and economy, the EPA plays a number of roles: environmental regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment. In 2013, we continued to play a significant and active part in protecting and enhancing the environment for all citizens.
As a regulator we used the full range of enforcement tools available to us to enforce our licences and permits and expanded our better regulation activities and risk based approaches in licensing, enforcement and monitoring. We know that providing easily accessible information to stakeholders contributes to public participation in environmental decision-making. It also gives people the information they need to make environmentally-friendly choices. As a knowledge provider and advocate we developed a range of web-based information initiatives in 2013 to make it easier for people to access environmental information and to make it easier, faster and more efficient for our licensees to interact with and report to the EPA. We also engaged with other sectors and organisations to ensure the integration of environmental issues in policy and decision making at national and local levels.
The EPA Annual Report 2013 is available in both English and Irish on the EPA website. It contains infographics highlighting Key Statistics and Environmental Indicators in 2013.
Further information: Niamh Hatchell/ Emily Williamson, EPA Media Relations Office 053-9170770 (24 hours) or email@example.com
Notes to Editor:
EPA Strategic Priorities 2013-2015:
Clean Water: Provide for a holistic approach to water protection and management and the effective implementation of the Water Framework Directive. Adapt EPA activities to new water governance structures
including requirements arising from the establishment of Irish Water.
Better Regulation: Expand our better regulation activities and risk based approaches to licensing, enforcement and monitoring. Use the full range of enforcement tools including education and advice, warnings, civil sanctions, criminal sanctions and licence revocation.
Preventing Environmental Damage: Prevent future environmental damage from the closure of activities and drive the remediation of contaminated sites.
Accessible Information: Provide timely and easily available environmental information to all our stakeholders.
Evidence based decision making: Continuously improve the timeliness and quality of our environmental data and inventories to support evidence-based decision making, integrated environmental assessment and reporting.
Research Programme: Maintain a vibrant and relevant environmental research programme to influence policy, identify pressures and develop solutions to environmental challenges.
Working with Others: Engage and network with other sectors and organisations interacting with the environment.
Behavioural Change: Influence positive behavioural change by supporting businesses, communities and householders to be more resource efficient.
Human Health: Develop stronger and more robust approaches to understanding and promoting the essential role that protecting the environment plays in improving the health of the population.