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.


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?


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?


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

Air Quality in Ireland in 2021

Air quality in Ireland is generally good, however, there are concerning localised issues that are impacting negatively on the air we breathe. Ireland met all of its EU legal requirements in 2021, but it did not meet the new health-based WHO guidelines in 2021. Ireland and Europe should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air quality guidelines.

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Packaging Waste in Ireland

In 2020

This factsheet presents a summary overview of packaging waste generation and management in Ireland in 2020.

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Ireland's Provisional Greenhouse Gas Emissions 1990-2021

The EPA has produced provisional estimates of greenhouse gas emissions for the time period 1990-2021

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Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2021-2040

This report provides an updated assessment of Ireland’s total projected greenhouse gas emissions out to 2040 which includes an assessment of progress towards achieving its National ambitions under the Climate Action and Low Carbon Development (Amendment) Act 2021 and EU emission reduction targets for 2030 as set under the EU Effort Sharing Regulation (Regulation (EU) 2018/842).

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EPA Strategic Plan 2022 - 2026

This strategy, the EPA’s sixth, sets out what we intend to achieve over the next five years in delivering our mandate and our purpose to protect, improve and restore our environment through regulation, scientific knowledge and working with others.

Ireland should move towards achieving the health-based WHO air quality guidelines

Date released: September 19, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today launched its annual air quality report ‘Air Quality in Ireland 2021’.

EPA publishes its second Irish Language Scheme in accordance with the Official Languages Act, 2003

Date released: September 16, 2022

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its second Irish language scheme 2022-2025, which sets out a range of areas in which we are committed to improving Irish language services to staff and customers over the next three years. The primary objective of the Official Languages Act is to ensure better availability and a higher standard of public services through Irish.

Foilsíonn an EPA a dara Scéim Ghaeilge de réir Acht na dTeangacha Oifigiúla, 2003

Date released: September 16, 2022

D'fhoilsigh an Ghníomhaireacht um Chaomhnú Comhshaoil (EPA) a dara scéim Ghaeilge 2022-2025 inniu, ina leagtar amach raon réimsí ina bhfuilimid tiomanta do sheirbhísí Gaeilge a fheabhsú don fhoireann agus do chustaiméirí sna trí bliana amach romhainn.

Adapting to climate risks to make us happier and healthier

Date released: October 26, 2022

The EPA, as part of the National Dialogue on Climate Action, will host a public lecture, in partnership with Cork City Council, at the Millennium Hall, Cork City on Wed 26th Oct (7:00 PM)