2019 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2019 below.


January 2019

The EPA launches strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre - Jan 16 2019, 9:00 AM
The EPA today announced a three-year strategic partnership with the Rediscovery Centre, the National Centre for the Circular Economy. The aim of the partnership is to promote the ‘rediscovery’ of waste materials through reuse, redesign and repair of clothes, paint, furniture and bicycles.

EPA invites students to explore their impact on the environment in The Story of Your Stuff 2019 competition - Jan 16 2019, 11:45 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is encouraging second-level students to creatively trace the life cycle of their everyday items and tell its story. The call comes as part of the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2019 competition, which was launched today.

Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future - Jan 23 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Jan 25 2019, 9:15 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today. Eight sites are on the latest list for failing to meet the necessary environmental standards and these companies face further enforcement action from the EPA to secure compliance.


February 2019

EPA partners with UCD for ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition finale event for second-level students - Feb 27 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it will hold a national finale and prize-giving event for ‘The Story of Your Stuff’ competition at University College Dublin (UCD)’s O’Brien Centre for Science on 09 April. The EPA also announced that this year’s competition ambassador is Cork-based environmental scientist, Dr Tara Shine.

Majority of adults value the environment, while climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland - Feb 28 2019, 11:00 AM
An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found. The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its EPA 2018 in Review report. The Red C poll in November 2018 explored attitudes towards environmental issues.


April 2019

Ireland’s EU Emissions Trading Scheme greenhouse gas emissions drop by 8.2 percent in 2018 - Apr 05 2019, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency, as competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading Scheme, has today published details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2018 for companies in the Scheme. Emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies in the EU Emissions Trading Scheme fell by 8.2 per cent in 2018 (i.e.,1.4 million tonnes) as compared to a decrease of approximately 4 per cent across Europe.

Video exploring the life cycle of toothbrushes wins EPA ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition - Apr 09 2019, 2:00 PM
A project that creatively explores the life cycle of toothbrushes has won the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition. The video entry by Shurooq Azam, Aldiana Hoxha, Kar Cong Leong and Tomi Ayibiowu, students of Hansfield Educate Together Secondary School, Dublin 15, examines the history and manufacturing process of toothbrushes, explores the environmental impact of improper disposal and highlights eco-friendly alternatives.

EPA publishes latest National Priority Sites for Enforcement List - Apr 18 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA has published the latest National Priority Sites List for Enforcement today, for October 2018 to March 2019. The EPA will update the National Priority Sites list on a quarterly basis.

Minister Bruton launches fund for Circular Economy Innovators - €600,000 available under the EPA’s National Waste Prevention Programme - Apr 30 2019, 11:00 AM
The Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment, Richard Bruton T.D. today launched a €600,000 funding opportunity for novel approaches to promote the circular economy, maximise resource efficiency and reduce waste.


May 2019

Emissions of Ammonia continue to rise: Ireland's air pollutant emissions on the wrong pathway for cleaner air - May 07 2019, 12:00 PM
The EPA today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants. These pollutants impact environment and health contributing to respiratory problems and pollution of soil, surface water and vegetation.

Radon in workplaces – new legislation requires employers in high radon areas to test for this cancer-causing gas - May 08 2019, 11:00 AM
New radiation protection legislation requires all employers in high radon areas to test their workplace for the radioactive gas radon. Where levels are above the national reference level of 300 Becquerel per metre cubed, employers are then required to carry out work to reduce these levels.

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research - May 09 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water.

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research - May 09 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water.

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research - May 09 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water.

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research - May 09 2019, 11:00 AM
The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - New climate leadership for a low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive world - May 16 2019, 11:00 AM
Dr Edward Cameron is presenting an EPA Climate Change Lecture at the Mansion House on Friday evening (18 May 2019) as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action. In this public lecture, Dr Cameron will discuss the importance of climate leadership as we transition to a low carbon, climate resilient and inclusive world.