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Research 283: Beyond Neoliberalism; Values and Sustainable Consumption Behaviour.

Authors: Dr Vivienne Byers and Dr Alan Gilmer, August 2019

Year: 2019

This desktop research project explores ways to advance understanding of the values and motivations that influence sustainable consumption behaviour in Irish society.

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Research 285: Nutrient Dynamics and Ecophysiology of Opportunistic Macroalgal Blooms in Irish Estuaries and Coastal Bays (Sea-MAT)

Authors: Ricardo Bermejo, Svenja Heesch, Moya O’Donnell, Nessa Golden, Michéal MacMonagail, Maeve Edwards, Edna Curley, Owen Fenton, Eve Daly and Liam Morrison, August 2019

Year: 2019

The Sea-MAT project aimed to understand the role of local environmental conditions in the development of green tides in Ireland.

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Research 281: Heavy Metal Recovery from Industrial Waste with Biosorbent Mesoporous Materials (BioMes)

Authors: Eoin Flynn, August 2019

Year: 2019

This project presents a method to cheaply produce high-capacity biosorbents from Irish brown seaweeds.

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Research 284b: Knowledge Transfer Guidelines and Recommendations for Irish Funding Agencies

Authors: M. Keegan Porter, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, Georgia Bayliss-Brown and David Murphy, July 2019

Year: 2019

Knowledge Transfer Guidelines and Recommendations for Irish Funding Agencies: How to Embed Knowledge Transfer Principles into Irish Funding Programmes to Help Maximise Measurable Impacts from Public Investments

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Research 284a: Research to Policy Impact through Effective Knowledge Transfer

Authors: M. Keegan Porter, Cliona Ní Cheallacháin, Georgia Bayliss-Brown and David Murphy, July 2019

Year: 2019

The Environmental Protection Agency has funded research projects that have increased national understanding of our environment; the challenges it faces; and how Ireland can move towards a more resource-efficient and environmentally friendly economy. However, despite efforts to improve the communication of project findings, translating research into measurable impact remains a challenge for the scientific community.

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Research 282: Reducing Commercial Food Waste in Ireland

Sarah Broderick and Colum Gibson , July 2019

Year: 2019

Food waste is a global problem that has environmental, social and economic consequences. According to the hierarchy of waste management, prevention is the most favourable action to take when trying to manage food waste. The commercial sector, which refers to food wholesale, retail and service, accounts for 17% of food waste in European countries.

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Research 280: Developing the Potential of Third-level Campuses as Change Agents in Transition towards Sustainable Communities

Authors: Bernadette O’Regan, Richard Moles, Rachel Shawe and William Horan, June 2019

Year: 2019

In relation to experimentation with, and demonstration of, novel management approaches and technologies designed to enhance sustainability, higher education institution (HEI) campuses have been identified as ideal testing grounds, as they embrace a diverse population and act as a microcosm of wider society, and control space for demonstration projects.

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Research 279: The Role of Incentivising Biomethane in Ireland Using Anaerobic Digestion

Authors: Karthik Rajendran, Brian Ó Gallachóir and Jerry D. Murphy, June 2019

Year: 2019

Ireland’s renewable energy targets for 2020 include 16% renewable energy; this can be broken down to 40% renewable electricity, 12% renewable heat and 10% renewable transport. Owing to the commercialisation of wind energy, the progression of carbon-free electricity generation is under way; however, this is not the case for heat and transport.

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Research 278: Developing and Testing an Environmental Sensitivity Mapping Webtool to Support Strategic Environmental Assessment in Ireland

Authors: Ainhoa González Del Campo, Christina Kelly, Justin Gleeson and Eoghan McCarthy, June 2019

Year: 2019

Environmental sensitivity is a critical consideration in natural resource management. In the context of the legislative requirements for impact assessment, environmental sensitivity (or vulnerability) assessments present a framework for systematically determining the potential for significant adverse impacts.

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Research 277: Irish Climate Futures: Data for Decision-making

Authors: Conor Murphy, Ciaran Broderick, Tom K.R. Matthews, Simon Noone and Ciara Ryan, June 2019

Year: 2019

The realisation of a climate-resilient Ireland over the coming decades depends on decisions taken at all scales to adapt to climate change. Good decisions depend on the types and quality of information used to inform planning. Building resilience requires the diversification of the types of information used for understanding past and future climate variability and change, and a better understanding of the range of plausible changes.

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Climate Research Coordination Group: First Report on Activities: June 2017 - December 2018

Authors: This report has been prepared by the Climate Research Coordination Group with the assistance of Flannery Nagel Environmental Ltd. Edited by Frank McGovern, Alice Wemaere and Lisa Sheils (EPA). May 2019, May 2019

Year: 2019

This first report presents a summary of the Climate Research Coordination Group’s activities during an 18-month period from June 2017 to December 2018.

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Research 276: EU ETS and Competitiveness of Irish Industry

Authors: Celine McInerney, Ellen O’Connor, Bernadette Power, Paul Deane and Tom McDermott , May 2019

Year: 2019

Reforms to the European Union Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS) in Phase IV create a potential risk to industrial competitiveness in the power generation and heavy industry sectors through increased costs. The costs may be directly linked to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions via European Union Allowances (EUAs) or may be indirect via increased energy costs.

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Research 275: Assessing Market and Non-market Values of Pollination Services in Ireland: Pollival Literature Review

Authors: James T. Murphy and Jane C. Stout, May 2019

Year: 2019

Ecosystems provide various essential amenities, including food and water, and other valuable services to human societies (Joppa et al., 2016). However, ecosystems are increasingly threatened by human population growth, increasing urbanisation and intensity of production, and globalisation, which have resulted in loss and fragmentation of biodiversity, pollution and degradation of habitats, and climate change (Ripple et al., 2017).

EPA Research Call 2019 Documents

Year: 2019

EPA Research Call 2018 Documents

Documents for EPA Calls announced in 2019 and 2020

Year: 2019

EPA Call 2019 & 2020 Documents (Now Closed)

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Research 268: FloodWarnTech Synthesis Report: Flood Warning Technologies for Ireland

Authors: Michael Bruen and Mawuli Dzakpasu, April 2019

Year: 2019

FloodWarnTech was an Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)-funded desk study of flood warning, with a specific focus on Ireland. Its objectives were to investigate (1) flood forecasting techniques and systems in use in Ireland and elsewhere; (2) methods and models best suited for use in Ireland; and (3) the optimal use of relevant data sources, observations and forecasts for flood forecasting.

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Research 274: AgriBenchmark: Benchmarking Sustainable Nutrient Management on Irish Farms

Authors: Paul N.C. Murphy, Ian Thomas, Cathal Buckley, Edel Kelly, Emma Dillon and Thia Hennessy, April 2019

Year: 2019

AgriBenchmark explored the possibilities for benchmarking of nutrient management performance on Irish farms. Teagasc National Farm Survey (NFS) data (2008–2015; 1446 farms) was used to characterise and explore the potential for improvement of farm nutrient management performance and resultant aspects of environmental and economic sustainability through the derivation of three key performance indicators.

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Research 273: UNVEIL: Understanding Ventilation and radon in energy-efficient buildings in Ireland

Authors: James A. McGrath and Miriam A. Byrne , April 2019

Year: 2019

In Ireland, radon gas is considered the greatest source of radiation exposure to the general population, accounting for just over 55% of the average radiation dose and is recognised as the second leading cause of lung cancer after tobacco smoke. Each year in Ireland, exposure to radon is linked to approximately 250 cases of lung cancer.

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Research 272: Evaluation of Hand-held XRF for Screening Waste Articles for Exceedances of Limit Values for Brominated Flame Retardants.

Authors: Stuart Harrad, Daniel Drage, Mohamed Abdallah, Martin Sharkey and Harald Berresheim , March 2019

Year: 2019

Recent research has demonstrated the presence of restricted persistent organic pollutant (POP) brominated flame retardants (BFRs) in items such as children’s toys and food contact articles. As the presence of these contaminants in such items serves no useful purpose, they are thought to originate from the use of recycled plastics that were originally treated with BFRs.

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Research 271: Resource Efficiency in Priority Irish Business Sectors

Authors: Colman McCarthy, Safaa Al Tameemi, Colum Gibson, Tadhg Coakley and Dermot Cunningham , March 2019

Year: 2019

The purpose of this desk study was to identify and examine the most important manufacturing and service sectors from environmental and economic perspectives and from the perspective of potential for improvement in resource efficiency.