January 2009

EPA announces a successful first year for the Green Hospitality Award - Jan 21 2009, 11:00 AM
Mr Michael Kitt T.D., Minister of State for the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, today presented 54 businesses with the Green Hospitality Award. This award recognises achievements in becoming more resource efficient, saving money by preventing waste, and conserving water and energy, while still offering a high quality guest experience.

National Waste Report 2007 - Jan 28 2009, 12:00 PM
Good progress made on recycling waste, however urgent action required to meet EU target for diverting biodegradable municipal waste from landfill

March 2009

Ireland's GHG Projections 2008 - 2012 - Mar 12 2009, 5:59 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released projected emissions of Ireland’s greenhouse gases up to 2020, as mandated under the National Climate Change Strategy.

EPA Message for World Water Day: A Precious Resource Worth Protecting - Mar 19 2009, 12:27 PM
March 22 is observed internationally as World Water Day, as designated by the UN. The UN has commented that, despite the apparent abundance of clean water in most of the developed world, more than 1 billion people around the world lack clean, safe drinking water and more than 2.6 billion lack adequate sanitation services.

Irish Biodiversity loss linked to intensive farming practices, study shows - Mar 27 2009, 5:00 PM
The abundance and diversity of bees, birds and other species of insects and plants have suffered serious losses as a result of changing farming practices in Ireland, according to the findings of the Ag-Biota project, a five-year scientific study conducted by University College Dublin (UCD) on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

April 2009

EPA urges move to a low carbon economic recovery - Apr 02 2009, 10:55 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Highlights, 2008, a report summarising the EPA’s key activities during 2008. The report aims to provide an overview of the work of the EPA in 2008.

Greenhouse gas emissions lower in 2008 for Ireland’s Emissions Trading companies - Apr 06 2009, 4:45 PM
Greenhouse gas emissions lower in 2008 for Ireland’s Emissions Trading companies. Continues downward trend since start of ETS in 2005. Reflects combination of economic downturn and impact of ETS.

Final greenhouse gas inventory figures for 2007 - Apr 20 2009, 11:46 AM
Ireland's final greenhouse gas inventory figures for 2007 have been released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and are available on the EPA web site.

EPA Drinking Water Report 2007/2008 - Apr 23 2009, 12:01 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to-day released a report on the Provision and Quality of Drinking Water in Ireland: A Report for the Years 2007-2008.

EPA to reopen Oral Hearing on 27th April 2009 - Apr 24 2009, 10:41 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency will re-open the oral hearing in relation to the application by Fingal County Council for a waste licence (Register No. W0231-01) for a proposed landfill at Nevitt, Lusk, Co. Dublin. The hearing will re-open on Monday 27th April at 10.30am in the Bracken Court Hotel in Balbriggan, Co. Dublin.

STRIVE 12: Report shows need to adapt to a changed climate - Apr 27 2009, 11:30 AM
Significant changes are projected to occur in Ireland’s climate over this century, according to a research report published today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The report, Climate Change in Ireland: Refining the Impacts for Ireland, suggests that we need to plan for these changes, which are already occurring, but which will be clearly evident within 40 years.

May 2009

Greening Irish Communities - May 01 2009, 4:47 PM
A conference on the topic of Greening Irish Communities was held on Monday 27th April in Farmleigh House in the Phoenix Park, Dublin. This conference marks a starting point for mobilising communities in Ireland to live more environmentally sustainable lives. Participants at the conference debated how a national certification programme for green communities in Ireland might work.

Calling Time on Waste: a publican's handbook to a leaner, greener cost base - May 14 2009, 10:06 AM
A new booklet to help publicans cut costs and improve their environmental performance was launched this week. The booklet, Calling Time on Waste: a publican’s guidebook to a leaner, greener cost base, is the result of a collaboration between the Vintners’ Federation of Ireland, Monaghan County Council and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

EPA Partners TCD for Trinity Week events. Ecological Footprints- What Size Are You? - May 14 2009, 2:52 PM
As part of the celebrations for Trinity Week this year, the Environmental Protection Agency has combined with Trinity College to produce a multi-faceted day-long programme on Friday 15th May.

Quality of Irish bathing areas remains high - May 26 2009, 11:55 PM
The quality of Ireland’s bathing waters remains high, with 93 per cent of designated bathing areas meeting the EU mandatory standards, and classed as being of ‘sufficient’ water quality status. This is according to findings released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in its report The Quality of Bathing Water in Ireland – A Report for the Year 2008.

EPA-funded research reviews potential standard for biodegradable waste material manufactured into compost - May 27 2009, 12:04 PM
An EPA-funded research report into a potential standard - for compost derived from biodegradable waste material - was today launched by the Minister of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Mr. John Gormley, TD.

June 2009

It’s World Environment Day – check out your environment online - Jun 05 2009, 8:45 AM
On World Environment Day the EPA encourages everyone to become more familiar with your own environment from the comfort of your computer.

EPA to review waste licences to restrict acceptance of biodegradable waste - Jun 18 2009, 3:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today announced that it will be reviewing EPA licences for landfills, to reduce the amount of biodegradable waste going to landfill.

Innovation for a Green Economy - Jun 29 2009, 1:00 PM
The EPA today launched the report Innovation for a Green Economy - Environment and Technology: A win-win story. The report outlines some practical outcomes in the areas of environmental technologies and innovation from the investment made to date by the EPA through its Science, Technology, Research and Innovation (STRIVE) programme.

July 2009

Urban Waste Water Discharges in Ireland - Jul 02 2009, 12:55 AM
The EPA today released the report on Urban Waste Water Discharges in Ireland for Population Equivalents Greater that 500 persons -A Report for the Years 2006 and 2007. The report provides a summary of the waste water treatment in 482 villages, towns and cities in Ireland.

EPA identifies new sanctions that could be used in Ireland to protect the environment - Jul 08 2009, 9:54 AM
The EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE) today published a report entitled ‘A Study on the Use of Administrative Sanctions for Environmental Offences in other comparable countries and assessment of their possible use in Ireland’. The report reviewed the use of civil/administrative sanctions relevant to environmental protection in Ireland, the UK, USA, Germany and Australia.

Developing an Enforcement Policy for unauthorised waste activities - Jul 16 2009, 10:08 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a Code of Practice for the Development of an Enforcement Policy for Unauthorised Waste Activities.

EPA Prosecutes Advanced Bar and Catering Services Ltd under the WEEE Regulations - Jul 23 2009, 1:52 PM
On 20 July 2009 Advanced Bar and Catering Services Ltd., A4 Calmount Road, Ballymount, Dublin 12, pleaded guilty to charges brought by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in relation to seven offences under the Waste Management (Waste Electrical and Electronic Equipment) (WEEE) Regulations 2005, as amended.

Get Splashing - for online information on your local bathing water sites. - Jul 30 2009, 1:22 PM
The EPA was making waves today with the launch of the new online bathing water quality website Splash. The map-based website provides the latest information on bathing water quality at the 131 designated bathing sites around the country.

August 2009

Irish grasslands may assist in addressing climate change - Aug 05 2009, 10:45 AM
Irish grasslands are potentially an important sink for carbon dioxide, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) research report Celticflux published today.

Roscommon Communities Awarded for protecting their environment - Aug 11 2009, 5:16 PM
Several community groups in Roscommon were awarded, by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and An Taisce, for their participation in the Green Home and Green Communities programme.

September 2009

Environment Ireland 2009 - Sep 22 2009, 3:18 PM
The annual Environment Ireland conference runs this Wednesday 23rd and Thursday 24th September in the Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin.

Air quality in Ireland remains good - Sep 29 2009, 11:00 AM
The EPA report Air Quality in Ireland 2008 – Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality released today shows that air quality in Ireland was good throughout the country and complied with all the air quality standards in force across Europe for all pollutants.

October 2009

EPA supporting Irish researchers to compete for EU research funds - Oct 09 2009, 10:10 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is hosting a National Environment Information Day in Dublin today to support researchers who can benefit from access to European research funding.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series Continues - Oct 23 2009, 9:38 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency will host two further climate change lectures this year, as part of the Road to Copenhagen 2009, on Tuesday 27th October and Tuesday 24th November in The Round Room, The Mansion House, Dawson Street, Dublin 2.

EPA report states Ireland must adapt to impacts of Climate Change - Oct 29 2009, 10:00 AM
The EPA today released the report A Summary of the State of Knowledge on Climate Change Impacts for Ireland. This report is an assessment of the current knowledge on climate change, and expected impacts for Ireland. It provides a high level assessment of possible impacts for key economic and social sectors in Ireland and identifies a number of adaptation options and gaps in knowledge.

November 2009

Irish research and innovation recognised at Global OECD Forum for Green Technology - Nov 05 2009, 11:00 AM
The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) yesterday praised environmental research and innovation being carried out in Ireland as some of the most interesting research presented at the Global forum on Eco-Innovation.

EPA Directs Store to Recall of Toy Foam Pistol - Nov 10 2009, 3:42 PM
The EPA issued a direction to Euro General Retail Limited for the withdrawal from the market and recall from customers of the “Toy Foam Pistol with Light and Sound”.

Regulation is a driver for improvement and a cleaner environment - Nov 16 2009, 11:30 PM
The EPA today published its ‘Focus on Environmental Enforcement in Ireland’ report covering the years 2006 – 2008. This is the second such report from the EPA’s Office of Environmental Enforcement. It assesses Ireland’s enforcement of environmental standards and highlights the challenges we face as a country in complying fully with European requirements for air, water and waste.

Positive trends in pollutant releases tracked by EPA - Nov 08 2009, 2:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published figures for the release and transfer of pollutants in 2007. Positive trends in pollutant releases tracked by EPA.

Back to the Future – The Role of Climate Science - Nov 19 2009, 2:19 PM
The EPA climate change lecture series continues next Tuesday 24th November, at 6.30pm in The Mansion House, with the lecture Back to the Future – The Role of Climate Science by Professor Jean-Pascal van Ypersele, Vice-Chair of the IPCC (Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change).

EPA welcomes first European Week for Waste Reduction - Nov 20 2009, 9:04 AM
The first ever European Week for Waste Reduction takes place between 21 and 29 November. In Ireland, a range of activities to highlight waste reduction practices and promote more sustainable consumption and production have been organised by a variety of organisations, and coordinated by the Environmental Protection Agency.

EPA research shows community composting works - Nov 25 2009, 10:21 AM
Urban community composting has the potential for significant social, environmental and economic benefits, according to the findings of a research project conducted by Ballymun Regeneration Ltd. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) research and innovation programme, STRIVE, funded the research.

Decrease in municipal waste generation reflects fall in GDP - Nov 26 2009, 11:55 PM
Ireland is well advanced in achieving most of the EU waste recovery and recycling targets, according to the EPA’s National Waste Report 2008, released today during the first ever European Week for Waste Reduction. However, the report urges continued effort to divert biodegradable waste from landfill, and to prevent waste arisings from all sectors of society.

December 2009

Countdown to Copenhagen Climate Change Conference - Dec 01 2009, 2:55 PM
Next Monday sees the start of the UNFCC Copenhagen Climate Change Conference, where international leaders will discuss a global agreement to limit the impacts of climate change.

Dioxin Levels in Ireland well below EU Limits, EPA reports - Dec 02 2009, 11:57 AM
The latest Environmental Protection Agency report on dioxin levels in the Irish environment shows that all of the samples had dioxin levels well below the relevant EU limits. The report also shows that dioxin levels measured in this survey compare favourably with those taken from similar surveys in EU and other countries.

EPA Annual Report for Year Ended 31 December 2008 - Dec 04 2009, 9:44 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2008.

Small annual reduction in Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions in 2008 - Dec 13 2009, 11:00 AM
Provisional Greenhouse Gas emissions figures released today by the EPA, for use in the annual Carbon Budget, include trends since 1990 and show Ireland’s status in meeting our obligations set under the Kyoto Protocol. Ireland’s Greenhouse Gas emissions fell by 210,000 tonnes (0.3 %) in 2008.

Dramatic decline in high quality river sites during the last 20 years - Dec 16 2009, 11:00 AM
The EPA today released the latest report on key indicators of the aquatic environment, Water Quality in Ireland 2007 – 2008, which summarises the most recent national water quality assessments.