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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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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Packaging Waste in Ireland in 2019

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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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Climate status report for Ireland 2020

Research Report No. 386

This report presents the current state of Ireland's climate.

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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.

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.

More packaging waste, falling recycling rates for plastic and a heavy reliance on export mean that Ireland is missing opportunities to foster a circular economy.

Date released: September 09, 2021

The EPA has today published its latest figures on packaging waste in Ireland. They indicate that Ireland generated over 1.1 million tonnes of packaging waste in 2019, up 11 per cent on 2018.

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).

EPA Circular Economy Conference 2021

Date released: September 15, 2021

Registration is now open for the EPA’s Circular Economy Conference which will take place online on the 15th & 16th September 2021.