Ireland must use the present to build a resource-efficient, low carbon economy and put environment at the heart of all decision-making

Date released: Nov 21 2012

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2011. 

In launching the report, Ms Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, said:

"Ireland’s environment is vitally important in its own right. It contributes to our health, our wellbeing, our economy and to our overall quality of life.  To protect this precious – and threatened – national asset we must use the brief opportunity we now have to build a resource-efficient, low carbon economy before Ireland begins to recover from recession and pressures on our environment once again begin to increase.  We must also implement all environmental legislation and put environment at the heart of all decision-making in Ireland.”

The 2011 Annual Report sets out the main activities undertaken by each Office of the EPA during 2011.  It also provides an overview of the independent external review of the EPA which was completed in 2011. Work has commenced within the EPA on recommendations made by the Independent Review Group. 

The EPA Annual Report 2011 is available on the EPA website.