Smart Farming 2018 To Focus On Delivering Cost Savings

Smart Farming, the voluntary cost saving initiative led by IFA, in conjunction with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will begin its 2018 work programme in April, identifying ways to improve farm returns and enhance the environment.   In 2018, more than 1,200 farmers across 50 discussion groups, IFA branches and purchasing groups will get involved […]

EPA Welcomes Increase in Composting and Anaerobic Digestion of Waste

The EPA welcomes the increase in composting and anaerobic digestion of biodegradable waste – the quantity recycled increased by 15 per cent between 2015 and 2016. Kitchen & canteen food waste and park & garden waste accounted for most of the waste accepted for treatment in 2016 (65 per cent). Composting rather than anaerobic digestion […]

EPA 2017 in Review: Waste prevention initiatives are gaining traction

 In its review of 2017 the EPA reports that, in addition to delivering on its core reporting and enforcement roles, several of its waste prevention and resource efficiency activities made significant progress during the year. Laura Burke, Director General of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) said, “The EPA provides leadership by identifying new and innovative practices that […]

The EPA launches The Story of Your Stuff competition for secondary schools

Following the success of last year’s competition, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is pleased to launch the 2018 The Story of Your Stuff.  competition for secondary schools.  This year the EPA is teaming up with big-wave surfer and marine social scientist Easkey Britton to promote The Story of Your Stuff.  The competition invites students to choose an […]

EPA launches “National Waste Statistics” web resource

The EPA has launched a new National Waste Statistics web resource, providing: One online location for national waste statistics for Ireland; Accessible content, so that users can perform their own analysis; Easy to use interactive graphs and charts. 31 January 2018: The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has launched the NationalWaste Statistics web resource and has also published […]

Stop Food Waste – Make the most of your food

Irish householders on average throw out €700 worth of food every year. This week the EPA is running an awareness campaign called Food: Make the Most of It, highlighting food waste issues and encouraging everyone to make the most of their food. Odile Le Bolloch from the EPA said, “Many people have resolved to be a […]

EPA Calls On Local Authorities To Target Inspections To Improve Air Quality

23 out of 31 local authorities improved their environmental performance between 2014 – 2016; 29 met the target standard. Local authorities need to target inspections to: control the burning of solid fuel, to lessen the 1,500 premature deaths associated with air pollution; improve management of key waste streams including waste tyres and waste food. The […]

Poor Monitoring of Private Water Supplies Putting People’s Health At Risk – EPA

One fifth of people in Ireland get their drinking water from private water supplies. In 2016, boil water notices were imposed on 126 private water supplies, affecting a population of over 7,000 people. Local authority monitoring and enforcement of private water supplies is not adequate.  Many local authorities did not monitor all supplies in their […]

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Figures Highlight Need For Climate Activation Programme – IFA

IFA Environment Chairman Thomas Cooney has renewed the Association’s call on Government to introduce further measures to avoid climate fines and reduce Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions. Speaking at the launch today of the latest climate figures by the EPA, he said, “It is now clearer than ever that the bad climate deal done by former […]

Action needed as greenhouse gas emissions increase

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions increased by 3.5 % (2.06 Mt CO2 eq) in 2016 with significant increases observed across all the main sectors including: o   Agriculture emissions increased by 2.7% o   Transport emissions have increased by 3.7% o   Energy Industry emissions increased by 6.1% The overall emissions trends are increasing, making achievement of Ireland’s long-term decarbonisation goals ever more difficult. […]

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