EPA publishes Junior Cert resource pack on reducing food waste to tackle climate change

The EPA has produced an educational resource pack to support over 20,000 Junior Certificate students to learn about sustainable living through the Home Economics curriculum. Reducing food waste is one of the most effective actions we can take to address climate change. The resource pack is be used by Home Economics teachers to engage students […]

EPA warns that failure to carry out remediation work after testing high for radon gas is a serious health risk

Radon is invisible, colourless and odourless – and causes around 300 cases of lung cancer in Ireland every year About 5,000 householders in Ireland have taken immediate action and had their homes tested for radon following radon awareness campaigns in their area One in 6 of these were found to have high radon levels Too […]

Ireland exceeds its emissions budget by 5 million tonnes and moves further from climate commitments

Ireland exceeds its emissions budget by 5 million tonnes and moves further from climate commitments Ireland exceeded its annual emissions allocation for 2018 under the EU’s Effort Sharing Decision by over 5 million tonnes. This follows an exceedance of 3 million tonnes in 2017. Overall, Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions showed a marginal decrease of 0.2 […]

Just half of businesses understand the Circular Economy – Ibec survey

Just one in two businesses (51%) understand what is meant by the Circular Economy, with only 39% aware of EU initiatives to drive sustainable change, according to a survey conducted by Ibec in association with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). More encouragingly, half the respondents (49%) acknowledged that moving to a more circular economy presents […]

High levels of Food Waste identified in Irish food businesses

Action to reduce food waste brings climate benefits and cuts costs – including potential savings of over €300M per year for Ireland’s hospitality sector. The EPA is hosting the 3rd Forum on Food Waste today, Wednesday 10th July, bringing together business and policy leaders from across the food supply chain. The theme of this year’s […]

There’s more to food waste than wasted food – National Stop Food Waste Week, 12- 19 June

The EPA is leading a National Stop Food Waste Week campaign to highlight issues and raise awareness on food waste, from 12-19 June.  Globally, one third of the food produced in the world for human consumption is lost or wasted and every year people in Ireland waste over one million tonnes of food. The campaign […]

EPA’s Greenhouse Gas Projections show that Ireland has more to do to meet its 2030 targets

Ireland faces significant challenges in meeting EU 2030 reduction targets for Greenhouse Gases.  Progress in achieving targets is dependent on the level of implementation of current and future plans. Agriculture emissions are projected to increase with an expansion of animal numbers. Continued growth in emissions from the transport sector is projected in the short term, […]

Radon in workplaces – new legislation requires employers in high radon areas to test for this cancer-causing gas

New radiation protection legislation requires all employers in high radon areas to test their workplace for the radioactive gas radon.  Where levels are above the national reference level of 300 Becquerel per metre cubed, employers are then required to carry out work to reduce these levels.At today’s National Radon Forum, attendees heard from the Environmental […]

Tackling Climate Change and other major environmental challenges – EPA Research Call to provide €10.2 million for new research

 The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help identify solutions to climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.2 million available for new research projects, to be awarded in 2019 and 2020, the Research Call is divided into three strands: Climate & Air, Environmental Sustainability, and Water. […]

EPA partners with UCD for ‘The Story of Your Stuff 2019’ competition finale event for second-level students

Environmental scientist and Antarctic researcher Dr Tara Shine to give key-note address The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today announced that it will hold a national finale and prize-giving event for ‘The Story of Your Stuff’ competition at   University College Dublin (UCD)’s O’Brien Centre for Science on 09 April.   The EPA also announced that this year’s […]

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