Latest Submissions and Position Papers

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EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications' Ireland’s Long-term Strategy for GHG Emissions Reductions (EPA Ref: EPAC-0923)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on Ireland’s Long-term Strategy for GHG Emissions Reductions.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications' Draft Green Public Procurement Strategy and Action Plan (EPA Ref: EPAC-1523)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the Draft Green Public Procurement Strategy and Action Plan.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Tailte Éireann Statement of Strategy 2023-2026 (EPA Ref: EPAC-0823)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by Tailte Éireann on its Statement of Strategy 2023-2026.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications' Statement of Strategy 2023-2025 (EPA Ref: EPAC-0723)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on its Statement of Strategy 2023-2025.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage's Statement of Strategy 2023-2025 (EPA Ref: EPAC-0623)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on its Statement of Strategy 2023-2025.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine's Statement of Strategy 2023-2026 (EPAC Ref: EPAC-0523)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on its Statement of Strategy 2023-2026.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Policy Engagement Framework by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science (EPA Ref: EPAC-1323)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science on its Policy Engagement Framework.

EPA submission: Public Consultation on the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Research and Innovation Strategy (EPA Ref: EPAC-1123)

Year: 2023

EPA response to the public consultation on the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications Research and Innovation Strategy.

EPA submission: Call for Expert Evidence – Climate Action Plan 2024 (EPA Ref: EPAC-1023)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the call for expert evidence for the Climate Action Plan 2024 by the Department of Environment, Climate and Communications. The EPA has a broad remit in the area of climate change. This submission reflects the key findings of recent EPA assessments, data, and insights to support the development of Climate Action Plan 2024, specifically in relation to the following topics: EPA greenhouse gas inventories and projections, public engagement, Land use, Land Use Change and Forestry (LULUCF), Bioeconomy, Food waste prevention, Public sector, Circular economy, Research and Innovation and Transport.

EPA Submission on draft National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy and associated SEA Environmental Report

Year: 2023

EPA Submission on draft National Waste Management Plan for a Circular Economy and associated SEA Environmental Report

EPA Submission on the draft Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan II and associated SEA Environmental Report

Year: 2023

EPA Submission on the draft Offshore Renewable Energy Development Plan II and associated SEA Environmental Report.

EPA submission: Past, present and future of the European Research & Innovation Framework programmes 2014-2027 (EPA Ref: EPAC-0123)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the public consultation by the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation on the European Research and Innovation (R&I) Framework Programmes 2014-2027 and the Strategic Plan of Horizon Europe (2025-2027). The EPA has been funding environmental research since 1994. In our response, we strongly advocate for continued and strengthened importance being placed on research for policy and knowledge transfer to support the development and implementation of robust policy. We also summarise key areas where the EPA has been active within the European R&I Framework Programmes and the development of the European Research Area (ERA).

EPA submission: Bioeconomy Action Plan Consultation and Discussion Document (EPA Ref: EPAC-3022)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the consultation by the Department of the Environment, Climate and Communications on the Bioeconomy Action Plan Consultation and Discussion Document. Submissions will help inform the final content of the Bioeconomy Action Plan 2023 – 2025 and longer-term policy development in relation to the bioeconomy.

EPA submission: NPWS Draft Strategy Statement 2023-2025 (EPAC-2622)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the Public Strategy Consultation by the National Parks and Wildlife Service on its Draft Strategy Statement 2023-2025. In the submission the EPA recognises the need for an appropriately resourced and focused NPWS, with clearly defined strategic priorities and objectives, in the context of the urgent biodiversity and climate crises. The NPWS is an important stakeholder of the EPA’s. We cooperate and coordinate on several common work areas in the interest of protecting Ireland’s environment. Points raised in the submission include those on collaboration, implementation and enforcement of legislation, the Natura 2000 network and regulatory processes. Further observations are included in an Appendix.

EPA submission Arterial Drainage Maintenance Activities 2022-2027

Year: 2023

EPA submission relating to the draft Arterial Drainage Maintenance Activities 2022-2027 and associated SEA environmental report. Published 23rd Jan 2023.

EPA submission: the Sustainable Tourism Policy (EPA ref: EPAC-2822)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the initial consultation by the Department of Tourism, Culture, Arts, Gaeltacht, Sport and Media on a Sustainable Tourism Policy. In its submission, the EPA welcomes the opportunity for Ireland, through the Policy, to continue to move towards a more environmentally sustainable tourism sector. It emphasises the importance of the new Policy aligning with and supporting the delivery of Ireland’s existing national commitments regarding environmental protection, as set out in plans and programmes such as the National Planning Framework and the Climate Action Plan 2021. The EPA states that it is important to ensure that environmental protection is prioritised in all aspects of the development of this new tourism policy. The provision of adequate critical infrastructure, promotion of a circular economy and support towards achieving the 2050 Climate Neutrality goal should all be central to the development of the new policy.

EPA submission: the Fourth National Biodiversity Action Plan (EPA ref: EPAC-2422)

Year: 2023

EPA submission in response to the public consultation by the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage on Ireland’s 4th National Biodiversity Action Plan. The submission includes some general points for consideration as well as more specific observations on the Draft Plan.

EPA submission: Horticulture Strategy consultation (EPA ref: EPAC-2722)

Year: 2022

EPA submission in response to the public consultation by the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine on the development of a national Horticulture Strategy. General observations are set out in the submission letter, while specific comments on the “Opportunities for the Irish Horticultural Sector” report are included in the Appendix.

EPA submission Draft Ireland’s Forest Strategy Implementation Plan and SEA Environmental Report

Year: 2022

EPA submission on the Draft Ireland’s Forest Strategy Implementation Plan and associated SEA Environmental Report.

EPA submission: Shared Vision, Forest Strategy & Forestry Programme (EPA Ref: EPAC-0122)

Year: 2022

EPA input to the early stage of strategy development by the Shared Vision, Forest Strategy and Forestry Programme.

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