The Story of Your Stuff – Investigating the long-term impacts of everyday decisions at heart of EPA second-level schools’ competition

The EPA has launched The Story of Your Stuff, a competition which challenges students to investigate the life cycle of their everyday ‘stuff’ through a creative medium, considering the entirety of the item’s  life cycle. Students are encouraged to use the EPA’s Ireland’s Environment website, www.epa.ie/irelandsenvironment/  as a main resource to assist their research. The Story of Your Stuff […]

Ireland’s Water Quality Needs to be Better Protected – EPA

Just over half of Irish surface waters are in a satisfactory condition. Nutrient concentrations in waters are too high and the trends are going in the wrong direction. Nitrate concentrations are now increasing in nearly half of our river and groundwater sites. Phosphate levels are increasing in a quarter of river sites.  Concentrations of nitrate […]

Overall quality of Ireland’s environment is not what it should be, and the outlook is not optimistic unless we accelerate action – EPA

The outlook for Ireland’s environment is not optimistic unless we accelerate the implementation of solutions across all sectors and society. Climate and biodiversity are two of the key challenges we need to address. An investment in the environment is also an investment in our health. Environmental indicators are going in the wrong direction across many […]

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decrease as coal and peat in electricity is phased out

Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions decreased by 4.5 per cent in 2019. This is the largest annual reduction in emissions since 2011. Despite the decrease, Ireland is still not on the pathway required to meet future targets and a climate neutral economy. Energy Industries emissions decreased by 11 per cent with a significant decrease in coal […]

Uncertainty and delays in delivering critical wastewater infrastructure is undermining confidence and prolonging risks to public

Raw sewage from 35 towns and villages flows into our environment every day, with 33 areas unlikely to receive treatment until after 2021. Treatment at 19 of Ireland’s 172 large towns and cities, including Dublin and Cork, failed to meet standards set to prevent pollution.  This is down from 28 over the past two years. […]

Using green and blue spaces will benefit both your physical and mental health

Using green and blue spaces benefits people’s physical and mental health Green and blue spaces should be protected, maintained and integrated in health, planning and other social and economic development policy. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Health Service Executive (HSE) will launch the key findings from jointly-funded research projects on the benefits of […]

Unwrapping Ireland’s food waste: Bread is Ireland’s most wasted food, with 41% of people reporting they throw away bread

Food waste is an issue of high concern for Irish people and they are willing to take action. Main reasons for waste are food passing its Use-By date and forgetting to eat leftovers in time.  After bread; vegetables, fruit and salad are the foods that are thrown out most often in the home. During the […]

High Consumption and throwaway culture must be tackled by business, policymakers and people, says EPA

Ireland generated 14 million tonnes of waste in 2018 across all sectors. Municipal waste, from household and commercial sources, amounted to 2.9 million tonnes in 2018, up 3.5 per cent on 2017. Ireland’s waste management practices have changed significantly in the past two decades: Landfill disposal has fallen sharply to 14 per cent in 2018, […]

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA

EPA publishes the National Waste Prevention Programme 2019 report highlighting activities and initiatives which support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland. Over €400,000 invested through Green Enterprise programme to support innovation and demonstration projects for the circular economy. CIRCULÉIRE, Ireland’s circular manufacturing platform, established – targeting 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and […]

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection

  EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection   There are an estimated half a million septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland. Half of the 1,160 septic tank systems inspected in 2019 failed. Householders with private wells are particularly vulnerable to pollution from faulty […]

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