Authors: Tadhg Coakley and Eileen O’Leary, June 2021
In the recently published EPA report, Ireland's Environment 2020 - An Assessment, the need for an overarching environmental policy for the country was identified. This report examines national environmental policies across a number of countries, as well as a review of other related policies at an EU and international level.
Authors: Iulia Siedschlag, Weijie Yan and Stefano Meneto, March 2021
This research examines the impact of Ireland’s landfill policy on greenhouse gas emissions from the waste sector over the past three decades. The analysis focuses on direct methane emissions emanating from the municipal solid waste disposed to landfill sites in Ireland over the period 1990-2018.
Authors: Eileen O’Leary, Safaa Al Tameemi, Sarah Broderick and Colman McCarthy, August 2020
This report presents the findings from a small-scale research study on the main environment-related impacts arising from the COVID-19 experience in Ireland, both positive and negative. While focused primarily on the environmental effects, related effects such as changes in consumption, which have knock-on environmental impacts are also included.
Authors: Gesche Kindermann, Christine Domegan and Sinead Duane, August 2020
This Small-Scale Study looked at the access to and use of blue/green spaces in Ireland during a Pandemic. This report builds upon and extends Our Environment, Our Health, Our Wellbeing: Access to Blue/Green Spaces and Water Quality in Ireland (2017-HW-MS-12).
Authors: Paul Gordon, Shane Lavery, June 2020
This small scale study looked at the potential for economic reprocessing of mine waste in Ireland.
Authors: Jamie Robinson, Paul Gordon, Shane Lavery, June 2020
The purpose of the study was to establish, in principle, if the metals held in the substrate could be extracted as a resource.
Author: Tara Shine, June 2018
This study defines a common understanding of what constitutes a climate resilient Ireland, it examines climate resilient pathways which Ireland can take to transition to a low-carbon, climate resilient society and meet its goals as set out in the Climate Act 2015. Finally, it identifies eight factors which should inform the choice of those pathways.
Author: Tara Shine, June 2018
Ireland became a member of the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) in 2013 to demonstrate commitment to climate and air pollution issues and to improve policy coherence between climate and air policy. This small-scale study, identifies ways in which Ireland can contribute to and benefit from its participation in the CCAC. The study pays particular attention to CCAC efforts to reduce Short-lived Climate Pollutants (SLCPs).
Author: Diarmuid Torney, June 2018
Ireland has strict decarbonisation targets to meet by 2050. This study is concerned with which governance institutions could enable this transition to a low carbon economy and society. Through analysis of the roles and mandates of a number of governing state institutions in the energy sector, the study makes a number of recommendations for how governance arrangements could be strengthened to better facilitate decarbonisation.
Mark Boyden, StreamScapes Aquatic & Biodiversity Education Project, November 2015
This study provides an overview of practical examples of public engagement and makes recommendations in an effort to contribute to the quest to determine viable, practicable and effective engagement techniques to secure meaningful participation by the public in the attainment of essential aquatic and biodiversity goals.
This small scale study was prepared for the EPA by Aquafact International Services Ltd., January 2014
A brief guidance note for site selection when dumping at sea.
Dr Joseph Harrington & Gary Smith, November 2013
This report provides guidance on the beneficial use of dredge material in Ireland. It provides information on dredge material characterisation, best international practice in dredge material management, a summary of current practice in Ireland and guidance on the relevant governing legislation.
Small Scale Study: Classification of freshwater sponges in Ireland, April 2013
A recent small scale study was initiated by the EPA to classify taxonomically the sponge collection housed at the Environmental Protection Agency’s Regional Inspectorate in Kilkenny.
A Short Summary of Current Knowledge and Potential Environmental Impacts, January 2013
EPA-STRIVE Small Scale Study Report by David Healy, University of Aberdeen.