EPA Annual Report for Year Ended 31 December 2008

Date released: Dec 04 2009

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2008. 

The Report sets out the main activities undertaken by each Office of the EPA during 2008.  Highlights for 2008 included:

  • The publication of the fourth ‘State of the Environment’ Report, Ireland’s Environment 2008;
  • The issuing of 52 decisions on licence applications;
  • Over 1800 audits, inspections, monitoring visits and compliance meetings;
  • 20 prosecutions and the submission of three files to the Director of Public Prosecutions;
  • Continuation of the climate change lecture series;
  • Publication of 33 research reports including two on markets for environmental technologies that feed directly into the National Environmental Technology Action Plan;
  • Publication of the second National Hazardous Waste Management Plan; and
  • Publication of national reports on drinking water, waste prevention, waste management, air quality, greenhouse gas emissions and projections, water quality and bathing water.

In launching the report, Dr. Mary Kelly, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency stated:

“This report provides an overview of EPA activities during 2008.  The world has moved on since then and we are now operating in increasingly difficult economic and social circumstances.  The world is now preparing for the climate change summit in Copenhagen and it is of crucial importance that we keep on the right track and put the foundations in place for a low carbon and resource efficient future.  It is also of critical importance that there be sustained investment in environmental infrastructure so that Ireland catches up to European norms in key areas like waste water treatment, waste management and the provision of good quality drinking water to all consumers”.

The EPA Annual Report 2008  is available on the EPA website.

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