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?


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?


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?


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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Air Pollution Sources in Ireland

Research Report No.385

The project established the AEROSOURCE network and it enhanced the National Transboundary Air Pollution Network with near real-time aerosol chemical speciation (including organic matter) and source apportionment capabilities.

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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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Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections 2020

This report provides information regarding the implementation of the National Inspection Plan for domestic waste water treatment systems in 2020.

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Bathing Water Quality in Ireland

A report for the year 2020

This is a report about bathing water quality in Ireland during 2020. It is based on our assessment of water quality information local authorities have given us about the beaches that they manage.

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Water Quality in 2020

An Indicators Report

This report provides an update on the quality of water in Ireland's rivers, lakes, transitional and coastal waters and groundwater using information collected in 2020.

EPA announces draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2021-2027 is now open for public consultation.

Date released: July 16, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published the draft National Hazardous Waste Management Plan 2001-2007 and associated Strategic Environmental Assessment and Appropriate Assessment. These documents are open for public consultation until 17 September 2021.

Urgent action needed to curb nitrogen pollution in Ireland’s waters, says EPA

Date released: July 14, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published the Water Quality in 2020: An Indicators Report which provides an assessment of the quality of Ireland’s rivers, lakes, estuaries and groundwaters.

Stretch out and save €700 this summer, says EPA

Date released: July 08, 2021

As the country prepares for an outdoor summer of picnics and barbeques, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage people to reduce their food waste, highlighting simple food storage steps to make their fresh food last longer.

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