Climate Change

Climate change means a significant change in the measures of climate, such as temperature, rainfall, or wind, lasting for an extended period – decades or longer.

Climate Change and You

What's happening and what impact will climate change have on Ireland?

Waste water

The Environmental Protection Agency is the environmental regulator of Irish Water. We issue and enforce authorisations for waste water discharges.

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Waste water and You

How best to maintain your septic tank.

Waste

The Environmental Protection Agency licences, monitors and regulates certain activities in the waste sector.

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Waste and You

Learn more about waste

Drinking water

The Environmental Protection agency is the drinking water quality regulator, responsible for enforcing the Drinking Water Regulations for public water supplies.

Drinking water and You

Where does your drinking water come from?

Radiation

The EPA assess exposure to radiation from sources in the environment through monitoring programmes and operates a graded authorisation system to register and licence any practice involving the use of radioactive sources or equipment such as X-ray.

Radiation and You

What is Radiation and how can it affect you?

Air

The Environmental Protection Agency manages the national ambient air quality monitoring network. We also measure the levels of emissions of a number of atmospheric pollutants. The ambient air pollutants of most concern are fine particulate matter from the burning of solid fuel and nitrogen dioxide from transport emissions.

Air and You

See the air quality index for health, this will tell the about air in your area

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Latest Publications

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National Waste Statistics Summary Report for 2019

This report summarises EPA data on waste generation and management in Ireland in 2019.

It highlights key trends and progress towards EU targets and identifies where further measures are needed to improve Ireland’s recycling rates and deliver the transition to a circular economy. The report collates and synthesises information available on the EPA Waste Statistics webpages: www.epa.ie/nationalwastestatistics/

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Research 397

Framework for Achieving the Environmental Sustainable Development Goals

This report contributes to a range of international and national policy areas, creating a positive feedback loop between policies for environmental SDG promotion, governance for the SDGs and integrated environmental policymaking. It provides an important evidence base for assessing national progress on the environmental SDGs relative to EU peer nations.

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Urban Waste Water Treatment in 2020

This report provides an overview of urban waste water treatment in Ireland during 2020. It highlights the key issues that Irish Water must address, as a priority, to protect our environment from the harmful effects of waste water discharges.

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Green Public Procurement

Guidance for the Public Sector

This EPA guidance and ten criteria sets provide step-by-step instructions for implementing green public procurement.

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Air Quality in Ireland 2020

Key Indicators of Ambient Air Quality

Summary of ambient air quality in 2020 based on concentration measurements of particulate matter, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides, heavy metals, ozone, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and benzene.

EPA calls for urgent action to address Ireland’s rising waste volumes and falling recycling rates

Date released: December 02, 2021

Waste generation in Ireland continues to rise while recycling rates are falling, according to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) National Waste Statistics Summary Report for 2019 (insert link), which publishes the most recent official data on waste generation and management in Ireland. The report reveals some worrying trends.

Large decrease in air pollution from traffic in 2020 due to COVID-19 restrictions

Date released: November 22, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual air quality report ‘Air Quality in Ireland 2020’. The report shows that, while air quality in Ireland is generally good and compares favourably with many of our European neighbours, there are worrying localised issues which lead to poor air quality.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series - An evening with Professor Michael Mann

Date released: November 12, 2021

Professor Michael Mann will present the next EPA Climate Change Lecture which will take place virtually on Monday 15th November at 7pm. This lecture forms part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action.