Irish households and businesses need to improve their waste separation

 “That doesn’t belong there!” is the key message from the Environmental Protection Agency’s latest report which examined what Irish households and businesses are putting in their bins. The study found that; The increased use of brown bins in the past ten years has resulted in a significant reduction in organic waste (food and garden waste) […]

Water quality in Irish rivers is going in the wrong direction, warns the EPA

The EPA has found that water quality in Irish waters has deteriorated between 2015 and 2017, despite some improvements: 197 river water bodies have improved in quality but 269 water bodies have deteriorated compared with the last full assessment in 2013-2015.  This means a net overall decline of 3% (72 water bodies). The long-term loss […]

Ireland’s air quality facing pollution challenges from solid fuel burning and transport emissions

The number of monitoring stations providing real-time air quality information to the public via the EPA website will have more than doubled in 2018 (from 19 in 2017 to 45). Air quality monitoring results in 2017 showed that burning of solid fuel and emissions from transport remain the main threats to good air quality in […]

The GLOBE International Citizen Science Schools’ Programme – Irish schools invited to sign up and participate and – The EPA launches new citizen science web pages

The EPA and An Taisce has launched the second year of the GLOBE citizen science programme in Ireland.  Students in schools that sign up for the 2018-2019 campaign will have the opportunity to learn about the weather and climate and do hands-on science in their locality.  The EPA also launched its new citizen science web […]

Relentless implementation of policy needed to combat effects of climate extremes

“We have, by any measure, experienced an extraordinary year where nature reminded us who is in charge. With our changing climate, the confident predictions are that we can expect extreme events at greater frequency into the future”, said Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, speaking at the annual ‘Environment Ireland’ conference. Laura Burke was […]

Budget Must Remove Blockages In Housing, Infrastructure And Education – CIF

The Construction Industry Federation (CIF) stated that solving the housing crisis requires more effective coordination between industry and government in three key areas: investing in skills and R&D, enhancing infrastructure delivery and removing barriers to sustainable housing delivery. This statement followed the CIF’s official pre-budget meeting with the Minister for Finance and officials earlier today. […]

Ireland’s National Waste Prevention Programme

“The National Waste Prevention Programme delivers initiatives and supports to promote Ireland’s transition to a low-carbon, circular economy and provide leadership on national priorities such as food waste prevention.  In 2017, €1.8 million was invested in resource efficiency and the sustainable use of resources in Ireland.”  Dr Eimear Cotter, Director of the EPA’s Office of Environmental […]

€600,000 Funding Announcement For Ireland’s Circular Economy Innovators

The EPA has launched a €600,000 funding programme to support innovators. The Innovation for a Circular Economy Programme will support companies and organisations in Ireland to develop – and demonstrate – consumer and business solutions that will stimulate resource efficiency and the circular economy. Dr Shane Colgan, EPA Senior Manager, said, “There are enormous opportunities for Ireland […]

EPA expects drinking water to comply with EU standards by 2020, 16 years after the deadline for compliance

Monitoring of public drinking water in Ireland shows that: o 99.9% of samples comply with the microbiological standards o 99.6% of samples comply with the chemical standards There are 72 “at risk” supplies on the EPA Remedial Action List: o 52 of these supplies have elevated levels of trihalomethanes o 17 of these supplies lack adequate treatment to prevent Cryptosporidium entering […]

We need to move away from fossil fuels, EPA emissions projections show

Greenhouse gas emissions are projected to increase from most sectors, given strong economic growth and an expansion of the agriculture sector. These figures show that, at best, Ireland will only achieve a 1% reduction by 2020 compared to a target of 20%. Fossil fuels such as coal and peat are expected to continue to be […]

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