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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Majority of adults value the environment, while climate change is seen as the most pressing environmental issue in Ireland

An overwhelming majority of adults (86%) recognise the value of the environment to the people of Ireland, recent research conducted on behalf of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has found. The EPA released the findings to coincide with the launch of its The EPA Year in Review 2018 report.  The Red C poll in November 2018 explored […]

Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future – EPA announces €12.2 million Government of Ireland funding for environmental research

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment. The new EPA research projects funded will address a wide range of topics, including: Implementation of the […]

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