Greening the EPA

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a statutory body responsible for protecting the environment. We recognise that we occupy a unique position in respect of care for the environment. We are committed to incorporating exemplary environmental management practices into our everyday activities. We aim to minimise the environmental impact of our own activities to achieve continual environmental improvement, to prevent pollution, to measure and reduce our Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions, adapt to climate change and encourage environmental awareness within our organisation.

We have implemented and continue to maintain an Environmental Management System (EMS), certified to the international standard ISO14001 since 2010. Using this standard, we strive to continually reduce our own environmental impact and in doing so prevent pollution and encourage environmental awareness within our own organisation. 

Since 2010, the work of our dedicated Green Teams with the support of Organisational Services, EPA Senior management and staff has managed to deliver:

  • a 50% reduction in energy demand since 2006 and achievement of the 2020 government efficiency target.
  • a 54% reduction in water usage, and
  • a 17% reduction in municipal waste and 23% reduction in mixed recyclables in an eight-year period.

 

Read more:

Assessment of EPA’s environmental performance 

EPA’s Environmental Policy statement

Greening Government Initiative