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 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.


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

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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Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement

Summary 2022

The annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2022

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National Waste Statistics Summary, 2020

This report summarises EPA data on waste generation and management in Ireland in 2020. It highlights key trends and progress towards EU targets and identifies where further measures are needed to improve Ireland's recycling rates and deliver the transition to a circular economy.

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Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies 2021

This report is an overview of the quality of drinking water in public supplies and public group schemes during 2021. It is based on the assessment of monitoring results reported to the EPA by Irish Water and local authorities, and on the EPA's enforcement activities.

Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement

Performance Report 2021

This report sets out the results of the EPA’s assessment of local authority environmental performance for 2021

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Drinking Water Quality in Private Group Schemes and Small Private Supplies 2021

This report provides an overview of the quality of drinking water in private group schemes and small private supplies.

EPA statement on the publication of the IPCC Synthesis Report of the Sixth Assessment Cycle

Date released: March 20, 2023

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) welcomes the publication of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s (IPCC) Synthesis Report as part of its 6th Assessment cycle.

EPA inspections find that the Food & Drink and Waste Sectors continue to dominate the EPA National Priority Site List

Date released: February 27, 2023

The EPA today published the 2022 Industrial and Waste Licence Enforcement Report, an annual summary report on the enforcement activities carried out in 2022, alongside the list of sites which were designated as National Priority Sites during the year.

Hundreds of Cork City citizen scientists measure air pollution from traffic. Clean Air Together Cork City – The Results!

Date released: February 22, 2023

In October 2022, more than 700 citizen scientists measured levels of the harmful air pollutant, Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) in Cork City as part of the Clean Air Together (Cork City) project.