Climate Change

Climate change means a significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period – decades or longer.

Climate Change and You

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

Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency licences, monitors and regulates certain activities in the waste sector.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Waste water

The Environmental Protection Agency is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.

Drinking water

The Environmental Protection agency is the drinking water quality regulator, responsible for enforcing the Drinking Water Regulations for public water supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?

Radiation

The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?

Air

The Environmental Protection Agency manages the national ambient air quality monitoring network. We also measure the levels of emissions of a number of atmospheric pollutants. The ambient air pollutants of most concern are fine particulate matter from the burning of solid fuel and nitrogen dioxide from transport emissions.

Air and You

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

Additional Our Services

Latest Publications

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Ireland's Provisional Greenhouse Gas emissions 1990-2020

The EPA has produced provisional estimates of greenhouse gas emissions for the time period 1990-2020

Pandemic restrictions, less peat and more wind energy lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2020

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Packaging Waste in Ireland in 2019

An Infographic outlining packaging of waste

This infographic shows the generation, treatment and recycling of waste packaging.

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Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2020-2040

The latest GHG projections report for Ireland

Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2020-2040

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Green Public Procurement

Guidance for the Public Sector

This EPA guidance and ten criteria sets provide step-by-step instructions for implementing green public procurement.

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Research Report No. 394

Identifying Interactions for Sustainable Development Goal Implementation in Ireland.

This report addresses how understanding of interlinkages between the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the United Nations Agenda 2030 and Ireland’s policy portfolio can advance understanding to meeting SDG targets and a “whole-of-government” approach to policy implementation.

Pandemic restrictions, less peat and more wind energy lead to reduced greenhouse gas emissions in 2020

Date released: October 21, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its provisional greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland for 2020. The figures show a reduction in emissions of 3.6 per cent compared to 2019, which although significant, is 0.4 per cent less than the reduction seen in 2019.

The protection of public health is of paramount importance in the provision of our public drinking water supplies, says EPA

Date released: September 17, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) wrote to the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage this week to advise of its’ concerns in relation to incidents at two drinking water treatment plants. EPA investigations at these plants revealed the abject failure of managerial oversight, operational control and responsiveness by Irish Water and local authorities in terms of their respective roles to deliver safe and secure drinking water.

EPA publishes Green Public Procurement: Guidance for the Public Sector

Date released: September 15, 2021

Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) and with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy at the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), today launched the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Public Procurement: Guidance for the Public Sector at the EPA’s online Circular Economy Conference 2021.

Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2021

Date released: November 17, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) are delighted to announce the annual conference Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2021. To be held 17th & 18th November 2021

EPA Air Conference 2021: Something in the Air

Date released: November 10, 2021

We are excited to announce that this year the EPA Air Conference will take place online. The EPA Air Conference, Something in the Air, will be streamed online via a web-based platform on the 10 & 11 of November 2021 (mornings only).

2021 EPA Forum on Food Waste - Countdown to 2030: Building knowledge to waste less

Date released: November 04, 2021

Registration is now open for the 2021 EPA Forum on Food Waste entitled Countdown to 2030: Building knowledge to waste less. The event is taking place virtually on Thursday 4th November at 9:30am – 1:00pm and will emphasise the importance of measuring food waste, improved data, and indicators for gaining insights and identifying opportunities for targeted waste reduction across the supply chain.