Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) was established in 2004 and is led by the EPA. Its mission is to prevent waste and drive the circular economy. The NWPP focuses on national level strategic programmes with high visibility, impact and influence. The desired outcome is to mobilise individuals, businesses and the public sector to realise the economic and environmental opportunities presented by increased circularity.
Green public procurement has an important role in Ireland’s move to a circular economy. The EPA supports GPP implementation through guidance, training, monitoring and reporting.
Resources and raw materials are a priority area of the circular economy
Construction & demolition is a circular economy priority area
The EPA supports the public sector in leading by example
Guidance for the Public Sector
This EPA guidance and ten criteria sets provides step-by-step instructions for implementing green public procurement.
Consultation of Ireland's Circular Economy Programme 2021-2027
Proposal to replace the National Waste Prevention Programme
How much food do we waste in Ireland?
Prepared March 2021; this document is intended to provide a snapshot on the nature and extent of food waste in Ireland based on currently available information and may subsequently be amended as new information comes available.
Date released: September 15, 2021
Ossian Smyth TD, Minister of State with responsibility for Public Procurement and eGovernment at the Department of Public Expenditure and Reform (DPER) and with special responsibility for Communications and Circular Economy at the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications (DECC), today launched the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Green Public Procurement: Guidance for the Public Sector at the EPA’s online Circular Economy Conference 2021.
Date released: June 17, 2021
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launches its €625,000 funding opportunity for Irish enterprises to innovate, demonstrate and implement circular economy approaches in their business models.
Date released: April 21, 2021
A video that creatively examines the environmental life cycle of disposable face masks has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition.