2020 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2020 below.


January 2020

EPA warns that poorly constructed wells and inadequate monitoring of private water supplies are putting health at risk - Jan 15 2020, 11:00 AM
A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA.

Hey, what’s the Story of Your Stuff? EPA invites second-level students to consider the environmental impact of everyday items and consumption decisions - Jan 16 2020, 12:00 PM
The Story of Your Stuff competition combines creativity and science, giving students the chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, alongside a new Climate Topic Prize

Local authority environmental enforcement activities are increasing, but challenges remain in waste, farm and air quality inspections. - Jan 21 2020, 12:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018.


February 2020

EPA commences online publication of enforcement data.Findings show overall good compliance at EPA licensed industrial and waste sites - Feb 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today commenced the publication of key data on industrial and waste licence enforcement on the EPA website.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series: The Green Deal: Delivering a Climate-Neutral Europe - Feb 05 2020, 9:15 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting Dr Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of DG Climate Action of the EU Commission, to speak as part of the EPA Climate Lecture Series on Thursday 6th February.

Delivering trusted and relevant knowledge to inform environmental policy: EPA announces €10 million Government of Ireland funding for new environmental research - Feb 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €10 million to fund vital new environmental research.

EPA survey indicates most people have taken steps to help the environment - Feb 20 2020, 11:00 AM
Research commissioned by the EPA to coincide with the publication of its EPA 2019 Year in Review report found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said they have personally taken steps to help the environment, and that 87 per cent of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset to the country. The Red C poll carried out in January 2020 explored attitudes towards environmental issues.

Derval O’Rourke announced as ambassador for EPA's The Story of Your Stuff competition - Feb 25 2020, 9:25 AM
The EPA has today announced that World Champion and Olympic hurdler, Derval O’Rourke will be this year’s ambassador for its national competition for second-level students, ‘The Story of Your Stuff’. The EPA is again partnering with the UCD Earth Institute, who will host the finale showcase event on 3rd April 2020 when competition finalists and their classmates will participate in a special programme of events, and meet Ms O’Rourke who will deliver a keynote speech.

EPA publishes report on leaks from ESB Networks Fluid Filled Underground Electricity Cables - Feb 26 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a report on its investigation into leaks from fluid filled underground electricity cables. The cable leaks were highlighted in an RTE Investigates programme entitled ‘The ESB Leaks’, which was broadcast on the 5th June 2019 and repeated on the 9th January 2020.


March 2020

EPA to hold an oral hearing to examine objections and concerns in relation to proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick - Mar 04 2020, 5:33 PM
The EPA has decided to hold an Oral Hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick (Reg. No. P0029-06) on the 18th of September 2019. The hearing will be held in Limerick during May 2020.

Ireland produces over half a million tonnes of hazardous waste annually, says EPA - Mar 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today published its latest hazardous waste figures for Ireland. The figures show that the amount of hazardous waste generated in Ireland continues to grow, with over 500,000 tonnes of hazardous waste generated in Ireland in 2018, up over 90,000 tonnes in a year.


April 2020

EPA to postpone oral hearing on proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick due to COVID-19 - Apr 07 2020, 2:00 PM
The EPA has decided to postpone the oral hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick

Recent trends in air pollution trend in Ireland - Apr 09 2020, 5:40 PM
All hourly air quality data is on the EPA website - nitrogen dioxide is the pollutant of interest from traffic and we know reduced traffic congestion should decrease the levels of this pollutant.

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 8.7 percent in 2019 - Apr 22 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System, has today published details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, for companies in the system.


May 2020

EPA report shows on-going improvement in bathing water quality.Three new bathing waters classified as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ in latest assessment - May 26 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA has today published the Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2019 which sets out the quality of bathing water at our beaches. Overall, bathing water quality improved across the country in 2019, although quality did decline at some locations.

Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland) - May 26 2020, 3:53 PM
Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland)


June 2020

Ireland’s ammonia emissions continue to rise and exceed EU limit - Jun 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants are: ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.

EPA announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs - Jun 10 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launches a €600,000 funding opportunity for Irish innovators to develop and demonstrate business-ready solutions for the circular economy.

While the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high, supplies to over 1 million people are vulnerable to failure, says EPA Director General - Jul 07 2020, 7:00 AM
The EPA Drinking Water Quality in Public Supplies Report 2019 released today shows that the quality of drinking water in public supplies remains high with 99.9% compliance with bacterial limits and 99.6% compliance with chemical limits.


July 2020

Targeted climate and environmental actions needed for long term improvement says EPA - Jul 08 2020, 7:00 AM
The EPA has today published its Greenhouse Gas emissions projections for the period 2019-2040.

Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland) - Jul 10 2020, 3:32 PM
Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland)

Complaints against licensed industrial and waste sites increased significantly during first six months of 2020 says EPA - Jul 16 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA today published the most recent National Priority Sites List, as well as updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first six months of 2020.

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection - Jul 21 2020, 12:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency today reported on 1,160 Local Authority inspections of septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in 2019. The EPA found that more than half of the systems failed inspection.

Ireland’s packaging recycling rates going in wrong direction says EPA - Jul 31 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA has today published its latest figures on waste packaging in Ireland. They indicate that Ireland continues to generate significant amounts of waste packaging, amounting to just over 1 million tonnes in 2018 remaining unchanged since 2017.


August 2020

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA - Aug 21 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA today released the 2019 Annual Report on the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) – a Government of Ireland initiative led by the EPA. The report highlights the activities carried out during 2019 to support and promote Ireland’s transition to a circular economy.


September 2020

High Consumption and throwaway culture must be tackled by business, policymakers and people, says EPA - Sep 16 2020, 11:00 AM
Levels of municipal waste generation in Ireland continue to be closely linked to high consumption levels, as well as a single-use and throwaway culture, according to the EPA's National Waste Statistics Report for 2018, which includes the most recent official data on waste generation and management in Ireland.

New Director Joins EPA Board - Sep 16 2020, 3:23 PM
The EPA is pleased to welcome Dr Ciara McMahon onto the EPA Board. Dr McMahon took up her new position as Director on 15th September 2020.

Transport emissions result in an exceedance of an EU limit for air pollution in Dublin - Sep 25 2020, 12:02 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual Air Quality Report 2019, coinciding with World Lung Day. The report shows that, while air quality in Ireland is generally good and compares favourably with many of our European neighbours, there are worrying localised issues.

Unwrapping Ireland’s food waste: Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food, with 41% of people reporting they throw away bread - Sep 29 2020, 11:00 AM
New findings from an EPA survey, show food waste is a high priority in Irish households, with 54% of those surveyed reporting this issue as a concern to them. The survey shows that people have a strong sense of their role in preventing food waste and expect retailers; restaurants; and manufacturers to act on food waste.


October 2020

Using green and blue spaces will benefit both your physical and mental health - Oct 08 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) will launch the key findings from jointly-funded research projects on the benefits of green and blue spaces to health and wellbeing at a joint Webinar today.

EPA finds that half of all complaints received during first nine months of 2020 were in relation to activities at four licensed industrial and waste sites - Oct 19 2020, 10:00 AM
The EPA today published the latest National Priority Sites List, and also published updated information on the enforcement activities of the EPA during the first nine months of 2020.


November 2020

European Radon Day: EPA urges people to test their homes for cancer-causing radon gas - Nov 06 2020, 11:45 AM
On European Radon Day, 7th November, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is calling on all householders to test their homes for this cancer-causing radioactive gas.

Conference on Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges - Nov 09 2020, 7:00 AM
The conference Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2020 will take place on Wednesday 11th November. The conference, is co-hosted by the EPA and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL)


December 2020

Covid-19 and Global Carbon Emissions: A glimpse of the challenge of reaching the Paris climate commitments - Nov 10 2020, 9:55 AM
Dr Josep (Pep) Canadell, the Chief Research Scientist in CSIRO Climate Science Centre and the Executive Director of the Global Carbon Project, will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action.

‘Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public’ – EPA - Nov 12 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA report on Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2019, released today, highlights that delays in upgrading treatment systems around the country are prolonging risks to the environment and public health.

Food Waste is robbing you blind: freeze your food before its use-by date to save money and reduce global greenhouse emissions - Nov 17 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched a new campaign to encourage people to take a simple action to reduce food waste, by freezing surplus food before its use-by date.

Greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out - Nov 19 2020, 11:55 PM
The EPA, as the competent authority for reporting Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions, has today published its provisional greenhouse gas emissions for Ireland for 2019.

Níl caighdeán foriomlán chomhshaol na hÉireann san áit ar chóir dó a bheith, agus níl cuma dhearfach ar a bhfuil i ndán dó mura gcuirimid dlús le gníomh - Nov 25 2020, 5:12 AM
Tugtar le fios i gComhshaol na hÉireann: Measúnú Comhtháite 2020 go bhfuil dúshláin sheasmhacha agus chórasacha ag cur brú ar an gcomhshaol agus níor réitíodh go fóill iad.

The overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action - Nov 24 2020, 11:55 PM
Ireland’s Environment: An Integrated Assessment 2020 reveals that enduring and systemic challenges are putting pressure on the environment and remain to be solved. These cut across different environmental topics such as climate, air, soil, water, biodiversity and waste, and across organisations and sectors, business and all levels of society.

'Environmental Resilience' A new lecture series from the EPA and IIEA - Dec 01 2020, 10:25 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Institute of International and European Affairs (IIEA) are delighted to announce a new lecture series on ‘Environmental Resilience’ which will begin this Friday, 4th December.