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.


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?


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?


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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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement

Summary 2023

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

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EPA Highlights 2023

This review of 2023 showcases the EPA's work in addressing environmental challenges across Ireland.

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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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Climate Change in the Irish Mind Wave 2 Report 1

This report provides an overview of the Irish public’s beliefs, attitudes, policy preferences and behaviours regarding climate change in the second wave of the Climate Change in the Irish Mind study.

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EPA Circular Economy and Waste Statistics Highlights Report 2021

This report gives the data highlights on waste generation and management in Ireland in 2021. Key trends and progress towards upcoming EU targets, along with information on material consumption and circularity are provided. A new spotlight section focuses on current topics in the circular economy area. An update to circular economy actions published in 2022 is given along with further actions that government, industry and individuals can make to help us transition towards a circular economy.

EPA Climate change lecture: climate change and health- moving from paralysis to pragmatism

Date released: April 22, 2024

The next lecture in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Climate Change lecture series will be delivered by Professor Lea Berrang Ford, Deputy Director at the UK Health Security Agency.

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions decreased by seventeen per cent in 2023

Date released: April 05, 2024

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), today released its preliminary analysis of greenhouse gas emissions in 2023 from the Emissions Trading System (ETS) sector.

EPA announces funding of €14.5m for new environmental and climate research

Date released: April 04, 2024

Today the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced research funding of up to €14.5 million for new environmental research. The EPA is inviting proposals from the research community for innovative projects to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland.

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.

EPA Climate Change Conference 2024: Ireland Living in a Changed Climate

Date: May 15, 2024

The EPA Climate Change Conference 2024 will highlight the evidence and emerging research relating to adaptation and climate resilience in Ireland.