Countdown to Copenhagen Climate Change Conference

Date released: Dec 01 2009

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. Experts from the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Climate Change Unit will participate in this conference, along with the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, other Government Departments, Government Ministers and An Taoiseach, Brian Cowen, T.D.

Commenting ahead of the Copenhagen Conference EPA Director, Laura Burke said:

“Although we are a small country, Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions per person are amongst the highest internationally. Our recent publication: A Summary of the State of Knowledge on Climate Change Impacts for Ireland shows that signals of climate change are already evident in Ireland. If we are to address the threats that climate change poses we must, as a nation, reduce the emissions caused by all of our activities - and adapt to the changes in climate that we face.


The EPA provides expert independent scientific advice and information on climate change to a range of stakeholders. Through our Climate Change Research Programme, specific knowledge gaps, particularly on the actions required to address the causes and consequences of climate change, are being addressed. We have now developed the climate change section of the EPA website to provide an excellent resource for anyone interested in finding out more about this most important global issue”


Visit the climate change pages on the EPA website.

The EPA has also produced a new booklet, The EPA and Climate Change, which outlines the roles and responsibilities that the EPA has in the fight against climate change. It details our role and key work in this area, as well as the key challenges facing Ireland.


“With challenges come risks, but also opportunity. Through our work on climate change issues the EPA is fully committed to helping Ireland to transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy and to working with our stakeholders to achieve this goal” said Laura Burke.


The booklet  is also available to download.

Further information: Niamh Leahy, EPA Media Relations Officer 053-9170770 (24 hours)

Notes for the Editor:

The EPA’s Climate Change Unit, part of the Office of the Climate, Licensing and Resource Use, brings together a centre of expertise on all issues relating to climate change and falling under the EPA’s remit. Some of the EPA’s main responsibilities in the climate change area include:

  • Emissions Trading Registry
  • National Allocations plans
  • National Emissions Projections
  • National Emission Inventories
  • Climate Change Research Programme
  • Air and Climate Science
  • Communication of Climate Change issues