Save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce food waste

The average Irish family will save €700 per year by taking simple steps to reduce their food waste. Vegetables, fruit and salad are the foods that are thrown out most often in the home. Ireland has committed to halving food waste by 2030. Scientists estimate that food waste produces up to 10 per cent of […]

Fixing septic tanks that fail inspection is a priority, says EPA

Over half (54%) of septic tank systems failed inspection in 2020. Three quarters of systems failing inspection since 2013 have been fixed, but failure to resolve older cases is a concern. Grants of up to €5,000 are available to fix systems.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the report Domestic Waste Water Treatment System Inspections […]

€10.5 million funding for research to support the development and implementation of environmental policies in Ireland

The EPA is seeking proposals from the research community to help address climate change and other emerging and complex environmental problems. With up to €10.5 million available for new research projects, the funding will be provided under four themes: Addressing climate change evidence needs Facilitating a green and circular economy Delivering a healthy environment Protecting […]

The story of disposable face masks – video claims top prize in the EPA’s The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition

A video that creatively examines the environmental life cycle of disposable face masks has won the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) The Story of Your Stuff 2021 competition. This year’s competition received a record number of entries, with over 300 submissions from schools across the country. Now in its fifth year, the competition hinges on story-telling around real […]

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 6.4 percent in 2020

In 2020, greenhouse gas emissions from Irish power generation and industrial companies – covered by the EU Emissions Trading Scheme – fell by 6.4 per cent. Emissions decreased by 8.4 per cent from the electricity generation sector, due to more renewable energy and less fossil fuels. The overall decrease in industrial emissions is 3.5 per […]

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information

EPA has started a 3-year project that will improve the level of air quality information available to the public and policy makers in Ireland. LIFE EMERALD is part funded by the European Commission LIFE funding programme. The main objectives are:o  an operational 3-day ambient air quality forecast;o near real-time mapping of the main air pollutants throughout […]

More action is needed by Local Authorities to protect Air and Water Quality warns EPA

The EPA has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019. There has been an increase in local authority inspection and enforcement activities relating to waste and litter. Further action and coordination are needed to ensure compliance with air legislation, with a focus on fuels that are on sale and in […]

EPA continued to provide essential environmental enforcement activities during the Covid-19 pandemic using innovative approaches

The EPA employed a range of tools to assess compliance at licensed sites during 2020 and throughout the Covid-19 pandemic, including the innovative use of Remote Compliance Assessments. Odour complaints about licensed facilities rose dramatically in 2020, peaking in April.  Overall, there was a 92% increase in complaints received by the EPA. The EPA continued […]

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 […]

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