2013 Press Releases

View all press releases for 2013 in this section of the website. 

January 2013

Public Consultation on proposed Terms of Reference for a Programme of Research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction - Jan 11 2013, 10:00 AM
Public Consultation on proposed Terms of Reference for a Programme of Research on Environmental Impacts of Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction

February 2013

Novel air monitoring approach could ease suffering for allergy sufferers - Feb 04 2013, 7:00 AM
The EPA has published major new research completed by Professor John Sodeau and his research team at the Centre for Research Atmospheric Chemistry (CRAC) in University College Cork. The team used state of the art air quality instrumentation to detect and quantify pollen, fungal spores and bacteria that are all components of the air we breathe and are known as bio-aerosols.

EPA Launches Five Landmark Climate Change Research Reports - Feb 06 2013, 4:50 PM
The EPA today published five new research studies which explore diverse issues within climate change, ranging from economy wide mitigation options to regional and local adaptation needs. The reports were launched by Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government at the EPA research event, Informing Actions on Climate Change.

EPA Welcomes Revised Solvents Regulations and Decorative Paints Regulations - Feb 07 2013, 10:20 AM
Revised regulations on decorative paints and solvents were published on January 1st 2013. Re-sprayers and dry cleaners are required by law to register with their local authority, and have their premises inspected to ensure that they use appropriate products, dispose of waste in an appropriate manner and take measures to protect the environment.

EPA publishes inspection plan for domestic waste water systems - Feb 19 2013, 1:38 PM
The EPA has today published the National Inspection Plan for Domestic Waste Water Treatment Systems 2013. The EPA also welcomes today’s announcement by the European Commission that Ireland has now adopted all the measures necessary to ensure compliance with the Court of Justice judgment in Case C‑188/08.

A Year in Review - Highlights from 2012 - Feb 22 2013, 12:18 PM
Director General of the EPA, Laura Burke, today published her statement outlining the progress made by the EPA in 2012.

EPA Climate Change lecture- A Time for Giant Steps- The Scientific Perspective - Feb 25 2013, 12:00 PM
The EPA climate change lecture series continues on Wednesday next with a lecture entitled Giant Steps - the Scientific Perspective. This lecture will be delivered by Rik Leemans, chief scientist of the Earth Systems Sciences Partnership and Professor at Wageningen University. This lecture is the first in a series of “Giant Steps” lectures to coincide with the Irish Presidency of the Council of European Union.

EPA releases figures for key air pollutants - Feb 26 2013, 12:07 PM
The EPA today published figures for four key air pollutants responsible for long-range transboundary air pollution such as acidification, eutrophication and ground-level ozone pollution.

EPA launches new iPhone app to encourage people to report environmental pollution - Feb 26 2013, 9:36 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launched a new iPhone App, See it? Say it!, to help people to report environmental pollution in their towns and villages.

New EPA Strategic Plan 2013-2015- Working with others for a better environment - Feb 28 2013, 10:38 AM
The Strategic Plan sets out the priority actions that the EPA will take between now and 2015 in its role as environmental regulator, knowledge provider and advocate for the environment. Clean Water, Preventing Environmental Damage, providing Accessible Information and influencing Behavioural Change are four of the nine Strategic Priorities identified by the EPA in the Plan.

March 2013

EPA report shows that recycling and recovery rates are improving - Mar 25 2013, 4:45 PM
Waste figures released today by the EPA show that Ireland’s municipal solid waste generation has decreased by 17% since it peaked in 2007, largely as the result of the recession and a decline in personal consumption. Ireland now produces less household waste per capita than the EU average and is recycling 40% of its municipal waste. Ireland is also achieving all its EU waste recovery targets with the exception of End of Life Vehicle recovery.

April 2013

EPA research outlines measures to halt the degradation of pristine water bodies - Apr 02 2013, 10:00 AM
The EPA today published a new research report shows that there has been a dramatic loss of waterbodies in pristine condition due to relatively low intensity activities such as field drainage and one-off housing, as well as pollution.

EPA launches new Air Quality Index for Health - Apr 15 2013, 11:39 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency today launched Ireland’s new Air Quality Index for Health. This web-based index, developed in conjunction with the Health Service Executive, Met Éireann and the Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government shows what the current air quality is across Ireland. The Air Quality Index for Health is a coloured scale divided into 4 bands: Good; Fair; Poor and Very poor, with health advice provided for each band.

EPA Climate Change lecture: EU leading on actions to address climate change - Apr 22 2013, 11:40 AM
The EPA climate change lecture series continues on Tuesday 23rd April with a lecture entitled “European Union leadership on Global Climate Change Policy”. The lecture will be given by Mr Jos Delbeke, Director General of the European Commission’s DG Climate Action.

Projections show Ireland will not meet its EU Greenhouse Gas emissions targets - Apr 25 2013, 10:00 AM
Figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) indicate that while Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions will comply with its Kyoto Protocol obligations (2008 – 2012), Ireland is at significant risk of not meeting our EU 2020 targets even under the best-case scenario.

May 2013

97% of Irish Bathing Waters met EU mandatory standards in 2012 - May 02 2013, 10:00 AM
The bathing water season coincided with the wettest summer for over 50 years with many areas recording 2-3 times their expected rainfall. Despite this, the quality of Ireland's bathing waters remained very high, with over 97 percent of identified bathing areas (132 of 136) meeting the EU mandatory standards.

Report: Indoor Air Quality and Health - May 21 2013, 9:00 AM
The number of deaths caused by smoking in the home could be comparable to the numbers of fatalities from road traffic collisions, according to new research led by NUI Galway and funded under the EPA’s STRIVE Research Programme.

June 2013

Seven heatwaves in the last 30 years in Ireland suggest increased Mortality - Jun 06 2013, 9:39 AM
The EPA has today published new research by researchers in DIT led by Professor Pat Goodman that presents an assessment of seven heatwaves that have occurred in Ireland over the last 30 years and their impact on mortality in Ireland. Although we do not normally think of Ireland as a place that has heatwaves, this research shows that past heatwaves have resulted in increased deaths, illness and hospitalisations. A heatwave is defined as a number of days where the maximum daily temperature is above 25°C.

EPA reports on 2011 European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register for large industrial facilities - Jun 05 2013, 11:00 AM
The EU Commission has published data submitted by the EPA for the European Pollutant Release and Transfer Register (E-PRTR). The European e-Register is available at prtr.ec.europa.eu.

Measuring Ireland's Green Net National Product (GNNP) - Jun 24 2013, 1:02 PM
Ireland’s current measure of economic performance, Gross Domestic Product (GDP), can and should be developed into a Green Net National Product, which takes the environment into account. These are the findings of new research by the Economic & Social Research Institute (ESRI), published today by the EPA.

July 2013

EPA and RPII Merger Action Plan - Jul 25 2013, 5:04 PM
Mr Phil Hogan, T.D., Minister for Environment Community and Local Government has approved the EPA - RPII Merger Action Plan.

September 2013

Protecting our water, preventing environmental damage, and changing behaviours are key to a sustainable recovery, says EPA Director General - Sep 12 2013, 9:04 AM
Protecting the environmental resources we already have, including our water resources, will be a priority for the EPA in the coming years, according to Director General of the EPA, Laura Burke. She was speaking at the ninth annual Environment Ireland conference, organised in association with the EPA and the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government, taking place in Croke Park today.

800 Researchers involved in EPA research Programme of €68 million - Sep 13 2013, 11:49 AM
Mr. Phil Hogan T.D., Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government was presented with the report Environmental Protection Through Research by the EPA yesterday. The report outlines the significant support that EPA-funded research has provided to environmental policy development and implementation through generating evidence and knowledge. It also sets out the critical role that research plays in environmental protection through identifying pressures on the environment and developing novel solutions to complex environmental problems.

Climate change is having an impact in a wetter, warmer Ireland - Sep 16 2013, 11:00 AM
The findings from five EPA research projects on climate change, published today, examine the impacts of climate change, look at our vulnerabilities and set out possible actions to manage its effects. The reports show that climate change is having an impact in Ireland and this impact will increase over coming decades

EPA GMO Technology Conference, 10th- 11th October 2013 - Sep 20 2013, 2:13 PM
The EPA is to host a conference about the regulation and use of genetically modified organisms (GMO) in technology in Ireland on 10th and 11th October. The two day conference will be held in the Printworks, Dublin Castle.

Further action needed to maintain Ireland's good air quality - Sep 23 2013, 9:30 AM
Ireland’s air quality currently is among the best in Europe but maintaining this standard is a growing challenge, according to the EPA’s latest air quality report.

October 2013

Kerdiffstown Community Update Number 13 - Oct 03 2013, 2:24 PM
The EPA met with community members and elected representatives on October 2nd, 2013 to discuss recommendations made by Kerdiffstown landfill site consultants, SKM Enviros, about the future remediation of the site. The recommendations arise from an Environmental Baseline Report and a Remedial Options Report compiled by SKM Enviros.

EPA funded research maps feral Pacific Oyster populations in Ireland - Oct 04 2013, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released the findings of a research project into the impacts of feral populations on the Pacific oyster on biodiversity and ecosystems services.

Higher greenhouse gas emissions in 2012 point to significant challenges in delivering a low-carbon, sustainable economy for Ireland - Oct 09 2013, 6:00 AM
Provisional greenhouse gas emissions figures released today by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) show that Ireland will meet our Kyoto Protocol obligations. However, greenhouse gas emissions increased by 0.58 million tonnes (1.0%) in 2012 to 57.92 million tonnes, reversing a six-year downward trend in emissions since 2006.

November 2013

Stay warm and protect the environment and your health this winter - Nov 08 2013, 10:00 AM
As the winter season approaches the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is asking householders to consider taking some simple measures when heating their homes this winter. These steps will minimise the impact of home heating on air quality and on people’s health.

EPA calls for comments on its new Environmental Research Strategy - Nov 18 2013, 11:39 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is seeking the views of the public about research priorities in the areas of climate change, water and sustainable environment. Since 2007, the EPA has supported 490 research projects which have a value of over €68 million through its STRIVE programme. The EPA is now developing a new research programme to enhance environmental protection

Tenders invited for research on fracking - Nov 22 2013, 7:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today invited tenders for a two-year research programme to further the understanding of the potential impacts on the environment and human health from Unconventional Gas Exploration & Extraction (fracking) projects and operations, including construction, operation and aftercare.

Public consultation: National Hazardous Waste Management Plan - Nov 27 2013, 10:06 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) public consultation on the proposed revised National Hazardous Waste Management Plan is currently underway. Closing date for comment is 23rd December 2013.

EPA publishes Annual Report 2012 - Nov 29 2013, 12:21 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published its Annual Report for the year ended 31 December 2012. The report sets out the main activities undertaken by the EPA during 2012 and also provides an overview of the new EPA Strategic Plan 2013-2015.

December 2013

Stop Food Waste survey suggests temptation gets in the way of good intention! - Dec 05 2013, 4:27 PM
Ahead of the airing of an RTE TV1 documentary entitled “Waste Watchers”, the findings of a survey conducted by the EPA’s Stop Food Waste programme suggest that Irish people's intentions to only buy what is needed are very good but temptation gets in the way.

EPA launches its on-line Environmental Research Who's Who - Dec 09 2013, 5:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today formally launched its Who’s Who of environmental research expertise in Ireland to assist collaboration by Irish environmental researchers in Europe-wide research projects.

Public water supplies improving; Private wells a concern - Dec 11 2013, 11:00 AM
The EPA’s Drinking Water Report for 2012 shows that public water supplies serving more than 82 per cent of the population have improved year-on-year since the EPA created a Remedial Action List (RAL) over five years ago.