Assessing our environment

Ireland's Environment 2012 is the fifth state of the environment report produced by the Environmental Protection Agency.  The EPA produces state of the environment reports on a four-year cycle with previous reports produced in 2004, 2000, 1996 and 2008.

The EPA also has an online environmental indicator resource Irelands Environment, which provides a current assessment of the state of the Irish environment using a selection of key indicators. 

Ireland's Environment 2012

Ireland's Environment 2012 presents the most recent information on the quality of Ireland's environment.  The report provides an outline of the socio-economic developments that have impacts and consequences for the environment, together with thematic assessments focusing on key trends, challenges and actions for climate change, air, water, waste, nature, and land and soil.  The final section of the report provides a more in-depth integrated assessment of Ireland's environment within a broad socio-economic context, looking in particular at the environment and economy and the environment and health themes, and identifying the future challenges for Ireland's environment.  

The aim of the state of the environment and indicator reports is to provide ongoing, timely information and knowledge to the general public, as well as to policymakers and to key economic sectors so as to support action to protect and manage the environment.

The overall conclusion of the report is that Ireland's environment remains in a good condition, although there are a number of key challenges in the coming years.  The report identifies four priority challenges for the environment:

  1. Valuing and protecting our natural environment;
  2. Building a resource-efficient low-carbon economy;
  3. Putting the environment at the centre of our decision making;
  4. Implementing environmental legislation.

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