Ireland sees 70% reduction in chewing gum litter since 2007

Gum litter now accounts for only 8% of all litter compared with 2007 – Gum Litter Taskforce campaign The Department of Environment, Climate and Communications, Food Drink Ireland and the chewing gum industry announce the renewal of successful gum litter awareness campaign Remarkable 70% reduction in chewing gum litter since the campaign began in 2007 […]

New €1.5 billion flagship agri-environment scheme called #ACRES (Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme) launched today

Minister for Agriculture, Food and the Marine, Charlie McConalogue, today announced that the new national agri-environment scheme, proposed as part of Ireland’s draft CAP Strategic Plan (CSP), will be known as the Agri-Climate Rural Environment Scheme (‘ACRES’). The announcement of the scheme name formed part of the update provided by the Minister on the proposed […]

Final auction results of the second Renewable Electricity Support Scheme 2 (RESS 2) auction have been published

The Renewable Electricity Support Scheme (RESS) provides support to renewable electricity projects in Ireland. With a primary focus on cost effectiveness, the RESS delivers a broader range of policy objectives, including: providing an Enabling Framework for Community Participation through the provision of pathways and supports for communities to participate in renewable energy projects increasing technology diversity by […]

Friends of the Earth report reveals significant barriers to retrofitting at household, community and national level

Current policy measures not sufficient to meet the needs of certain groups, while worsening energy price crisis heightens risk of energy poverty due to dependence on fossil fuel heating. Friends of the Earth today published a research report on barriers to retrofitting in Ireland [1]. The report was informed by interviews with experts in energy poverty and energy efficiency. It provides an overview of the […]

EPA Greenhouse Gas emissions projections highlight the need for urgent implementation of climate plans and policies

EPA Projections data indicate that: Total greenhouse gas emissions are estimated to have increased by 6 per cent in 2021. Planned policies and measures, if fully implemented, could deliver up to 28 per cent (4 per cent per annum) emissions reduction up to 2030. Ireland can comply with its 2030 EU emissions reduction target only […]

EPA publishes Guidelines on the information to be contained in Environmental Impact Assessment Reports

The EPA has published updated Guidelines for preparing Environmental Impact Assessment Reports (EIARs) for projects covered by the EIA Directive. The Guidelines are a statutory document that should be regarded by those preparing EIARs and the decision makers considering the EIARs. These guidelines should improve the quality of EIARs, making the overall process clearer and […]

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series – The Role of Communications in Driving Climate Action

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is delighted to welcome Dr. Anthony Leiserowitz, founder and Director of the Yale Program on Climate Change Communication and a Senior Research Scientist at the Yale School of the Environment. The public lecture will take place on Thursday 28th at 7:15 pm at the EPIC Museum Dublin and will also […]

‘The story of tissues’ video claims top prize in the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2022 competition

A video exploring the environmental lifecycle and impact of tissues has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2022 competition. This year’s competition attracted over 200 entries from schools across the country, as well as the highest number of Irish language entries to date. The winning entry was created by Wong […]

EPA enforcement efforts targeted unauthorised peat extraction, waste management and water quality issues in 2021

The EPA carried out 1,295 inspections at EPA licensed sites during the year, a 19 per cent increase compared with 2020.  The EPA carried out a number of targeted enforcement campaigns in 2021 including: 48 inspections at unauthorised peat extraction sites  41 inspections at waste licensed sites, with a focus on improving fire risk management […]

EPA statement on the publication of the IPCC Working Group 2 report – Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability

This IPCC Report highlights the interlinked threat posed by climate change for human health ecosystems and biodiversity.   The roles and benefits of planned adaptation in reducing climate exposure and vulnerability are highlighted in the report, as well as the need to avoid short term adaptation responses which could – in the longer term – amplify […]

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