2017 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2017 below.

January 2017

Owners urged to ensure end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres are managed by authorised waste treatment facilities - Jan 12 2017, 10:30 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today published waste data about end-of-life vehicles and waste tyres managed by Authorised Treatment Facilities or other waste management organisations in Ireland in 2014.

February 2017

The EPA calls on Secondary Schools to tell - The Story of Your Stuff www.thestoryofyourstuff.ie - Feb 08 2017, 10:30 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has teamed up with young photographer and music video director, Christian Tierney to launch an exciting new competition for secondary schools today themed The Story of Your Stuff. Students are invited to choose an everyday object such as a pen, mobile phone or a water bottle and use a visual medium to illustrate its lifecycle, where it came from, how you use it and more importantly, where it’s going to end up!

2016 A year of progress – and challenges ahead that require input of all sectors and all citizens - Feb 14 2017, 10:30 AM
The EPA Year in Review 2016 shows that while we have made much progress on environmental issues in Ireland, we now face complex challenges that require the input of all sectors and all citizens.

EPA Celebrates 20 Years in The Glen, Monaghan - Feb 16 2017, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently celebrated 20 years in The Glen in Monaghan.

March 2017

Ireland is getting serious about tackling Food Waste - Mar 08 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA is hosting its second Forum on Food Waste on 9th March 2017. The Forum will be addressed by Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Denis Naughten, T.D., who has signalled that Food Waste is a priority issue. At the Forum, the Minister will announce the formation of an Action Group to examine solutions to food wastage from a retail point of view. He will also launch a national Charter on Food Waste.

Over ninety private water supplies, affecting over 5,400 people, were found to be on boil water notices, says EPA - Mar 09 2017, 12:04 AM
A special report focusing on the quality of Private Water Supplies in Ireland, released today by the EPA, shows that twenty per cent of the population are supplied by private supplies - mainly through group water schemes, or small supplies/wells operated by the owners of buildings/businesses as part of a public or commercial activity.

EPA welcomes inclusion of questions relating to radon gas in Law Society of Ireland’s revised conveyancing documents - Feb 27 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA today welcomed the decision of the Law Society of Ireland to include three questions relating to radon gas in their 2017 Conditions of Sale document used during the sale of homes.

April 2017

Greenhouse gas emissions from Irish companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme increased in 2016, EPA reports - Apr 07 2017, 11:00 AM
Participants in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme based in Ireland reported 5.4 per cent more greenhouse gas emissions in 2016 than in 2015. This is compared to a decline of approximately 2.7 per cent across Europe in Emissions Trading Scheme emissions.

Greenhouse gas emissions projected to increase strongly as economic growth takes hold - Apr 13 2017, 11:00 AM
Environmental Protection Agency projections released today show that Ireland will not meet its 2020 EU greenhouse gas emission reduction targets with the current range of policy measures.

Irish Researchers for Climate Action secure €12.9m in EU funding over 3 years - Apr 20 2017, 4:43 PM
The EPA today congratulates successful Irish researchers who have secured competitive funding of €12.9 million from the Climate Action, Environment, Resource Efficiency and Raw Materials (Climate Action) sub-programme of Horizon 2020.

May 2017

€8.2 million available for Environmental Research in the EPA Research Call for 2017 to help tackle major societal challenges - May 05 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched its Annual Research Call seeking proposals to help identify solutions to emerging and complex environmental problems. The 2017 Research Calls have a particular focus on the importance of a clean, protected environment for our health, our wellbeing and our quality of life, in line with the current EPA Strategic Plan, Our Environment, Our Wellbeing.

New guides show how to reuse and extend the life of your household items - May 11 2017, 3:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released two guides to coincide with the launch of the Rediscovery Centre in Ballymun. The guides were developed in support of Ireland’s evolving reuse culture and through research studies funded by the EPA.

Three quarters of Ireland's bathing waters are "Excellent" quality for third year in a row; six beaches fail to make the grade - May 17 2017, 11:50 PM
An EPA report, Bathing Water Quality in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2016, has found that the overall quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains very good with 130 of 140 identified waters meeting strict EU standards.

‘Our Teenagers Tell Great Stories’, says the EPA. The Story of Your Stuff winners announced. - May 30 2017, 10:00 AM
The EPA has today announced the winner of the Story of Your Stuff competition. Iga Manulak and Emma Jackson, students at St. Mary's College, Ballysadare, Co. Sligo, wowed the judges with their entry. Natural resources are finite and their winning entry showed that we need to be thoughtful in relation to everything we consume.

June 2017

Research shows that microplastics - present in some cosmetics and cleaning products - are harming our environment - Jun 08 2017, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the results of research which provides data and evidence on the sources and scale of microplastic pollution in Irish freshwaters for the first time.

EPA is making waves with new beaches.ie website - Jun 21 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched beaches.ie, a new mobile enabled website providing information about bathing water at Ireland’s beautiful beaches and lakes. The website will allow people to access the information they need before a day out at the seaside.

July 2017

EPA warns 5 industrial sites to improve their environmental performance or face further sanction - Jul 11 2017, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today launched a new enforcement initiative to drive further environmental compliance at industrial and waste facilities. Licensed facilities with the poorest compliance status are identified as National Priority Sites for enforcement using a new system developed by the EPA.

New EPA Director appointed by Government - Jul 17 2017, 12:35 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to announce the appointment, by Government, of Dr Eimear Cotter as a Director of the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA urges homeowners in Wicklow to take the radon test. Avoca home tested with levels 30 times higher than acceptable - Jul 25 2017, 11:00 AM
Almost 200 Wicklow homeowners have carried out a radon test in their homes since the Environmental Protection Agency ran an awareness campaign in the county last November. EPA results to date show that 33 homes - in areas including Arklow, Aughrim, Avoca, Baltinglass, Blessington and Rathdrum – had radon levels above the acceptable level.

August 2017

A greater focus on protecting our most pristine water environments is needed, says EPA - Aug 30 2017, 11:56 PM
The EPA has today released its latest national assessment of water quality in Ireland. The release coincides with World Water Week, which links scientific understanding with policy-making and positive action toward water-related challenges.

September 2017

Ireland’s Laura Burke takes up new post as European Environment Agency’s Management Board Chair - Sep 01 2017, 10:22 AM
The European Environment Agency (EEA) has announced that Laura Burke, Director General of Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) took up her position as Chair of the EEA Management Board today.

Treatment needed for 25 supplies at risk of contamination with Cryptosporidium says EPA - Sep 12 2017, 12:01 AM
The EPA Drinking Water Report 2016, released today, shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high though further improvements are necessary to improve the security of supplies and avoid water restrictions, including Boil Water Notices.

Researchers awarded funding to investigate crop protection and clean energy - Sep 21 2017, 9:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency welcomes the announcement of two new research projects it will co-fund through the Science Foundation Ireland’s Investigator Programme.

EPA and An Taisce launch GLOBE, an international citizen science schools’ programme - Sep 28 2017, 10:00 AM
At the 13th annual Environment Ireland conference today, EPA Director General, Laura Burke, highlighted ongoing and future challenges in relation to environmental protection. She also took the opportunity to launch the GLOBE project, a citizen science programme for schools being run in conjunction with An Taisce.

October 2017

Farm Hazardous Waste Collections 2017 - Oct 18 2017, 10:10 AM
From today, farmers across Ireland will again have an opportunity to safely dispose of hazardous wastes from their farms at ten collection events during October and November.

Ireland’s failure to address wastewater deficiencies causes an unacceptable risk to the environment and public health, says EPA - Oct 24 2017, 3:50 PM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2016, released today, highlights the need for significant funding to address the legacy of underinvestment in infrastructure needed to collect and treat our waste water effectively. The report finds that treatment is inadequate in many areas.

Communicating Climate Change - Why So Difficult? EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - Oct 25 2017, 9:00 AM
As part of the EPA’s Series of Climate Change Lectures, Professor Chris Rapley is presenting a public lecture in the Mansion House tomorrow, Thursday 26th October, entitled Communicating Climate Change - Why So Difficult?