Climate Change

Climate change is with us now. The sooner we act, the less damage it will do to our society and environment.

Climate Change and You

What's happening and what impact will climate change have on Ireland?

Waste water

The EPA is the environmental regulator of Uisce Éireann (formerly Irish Water).

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.

Waste

The EPA regulates and licences a variety of activities in the waste sector, including landfill sites.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Drinking water

The EPA regulates the quality of drinking water in Ireland and enforces standards in public supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?

Radiation

The EPA monitors radiation in our environment. We also regulate radioactive sources in industry, e.g. for x-rays.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?

Air

The EPA manages the national air quality monitoring network. We also measure levels of air pollution.

Air and You

See the air quality index for health, this will tell the about air in your area

Additional things you can do

Latest Publications

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Water Quality in 2023: An Indicators Report

This report updates the key indicators of water quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal waters and groundwaters using monitoring data collected in 2023.

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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement

Summary 2023

The report provides details of enforcement activities across EPA-licensed facilities in 2023.

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Bathing water quality in 2023

Water quality at the majority of Ireland’s bathing waters was of a high standard with 77% having 'Excellent’ water quality and 97% meeting the minimum standard.

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Ireland’s Climate Change Assessment (ICCA)

For the first time, these reports provide a comprehensive and authoritative assessment of the state of knowledge around all key aspects of climate change, with a central focus on Ireland.

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Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2023-2050

This report outlines Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2023-2050, published May 2024

There are no signs yet of an improvement in water quality and more action is needed, says EPA

Date released: June 11, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published Water Quality in 2023: An Indicators Report. The report provides an update of the key indicators of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries, coastal and groundwaters using monitoring data collected in 2023.

Ireland is projected to exceed its National and EU climate targets

Date released: May 27, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its greenhouse gas emissions projections for the period 2023-2050.

Bathing water quality remains high overall, but heavy summer rainfall is putting pressure on our beaches

Date released: May 15, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the Bathing Water Quality in Ireland report for 2023 which shows that water quality at the majority of Ireland’s bathing waters was of a high standard.

EPA Water Conference 2024 - Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 June, Galway and online

Date: June 12, 2024

The EPA Water Conference 2024 is being held on 12 and 13 June, 2024 in Galway and online.

Environment, Health & Wellbeing Conference 2024

Date: May 29, 2024

The 2024 Environment, Health and Wellbeing Conference, hosted by the HSE, EPA & ESRI, will take place on Wednesday 29th May 2024 in the Royal College of Physicians Ireland in Dublin City Centre.