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 […]

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 […]

Tipp based NRGE Ltd short-listed as Finalist in SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 in Sustainability Category

Tipperary based company NRGE Ltd has been short-listed as a Finalist in the SFA National Small Business Awards 2021 in the Sustainability Category. NRGE, based in Lattin Co Tipperary is involved in the compliance management of more than 30 EPA licensed Pig and Poultry facilities. Projects include the recovery of the manure produced on the […]

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, says EPA

EPA publishes the National Waste Prevention Programme 2019 report highlighting activities and initiatives which support the transition to a circular economy in Ireland. Over €400,000 invested through Green Enterprise programme to support innovation and demonstration projects for the circular economy. CIRCULÉIRE, Ireland’s circular manufacturing platform, established – targeting 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions and […]

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection

EPA welcomes new septic tank grant scheme as over 50% of systems fail inspection There are an estimated half a million septic tanks and other domestic waste water treatment systems in Ireland. Half of the 1,160 septic tank systems inspected in 2019 failed. Householders with private wells are particularly vulnerable to pollution from faulty septic […]

EPA announces €600,000 green stimulus fund for innovators & SMEs

A circular economy must be part of Ireland’s green recovery supporting job creation, generating economic growth; and improving our environment. This EPA fund provides an opportunity for business and companies to innovate in areas such as food waste, plastics and construction and demolition to provide new products and services. A circular economy is based on […]

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