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?


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

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.

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 a number of atmospheric pollutants. The pollutants of most concern are those whose main source is traffic such as Particulate Matter and Nitrogen Dioxide.

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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Ireland's Greenhouse Gas Emissions Projections 2020-2040

The latest GHG projections report for Ireland

This report provides an updated assessment of Ireland’s total projected greenhouse gas emissions out to 2040.

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Research report 380

Innovative Water Monitoring

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Focus on Local Authority Environmental Enforcement - Activity Report 2019

Local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019

This report by the EPA looks at local authority environmental enforcement activities for 2019. The report shows that local authorities have undertaken 188,000 inspections in 2019, an increase of 10 per cent on the previous year. This increase is due mainly to more waste inspections which accounted for two thirds of all inspections. 42,000 routine water inspections were completed together with a further 4,200 non-routine ones. Inspection levels in relation to air account for 4 per cent of al

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Bathing Water Quality in Ireland

A report for the year 2020

This is a report about bathing water quality in Ireland during 2020. It is based on our assessment of water quality information local authorities have given us about the beaches that they manage.

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An Irish Nutrient Platform to Underpin Sustainable Development

Ireland will not meet its 2020 greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. Action is needed now to meet 2030 EU targets

Date released: June 22, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today published its Greenhouse Gas emissions projections for the period 2020-2040, which will form part of the discussions at the EPA Climate Conference taking place tomorrow.

EPA announces €625,000 funding opportunity for innovative Irish businesses in the Circular Economy

Date released: June 17, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today launches its €625,000 funding opportunity for Irish enterprises to innovate, demonstrate and implement circular economy approaches in their business models.

Ireland continues to be in non-compliance with the EU National Emissions Ceiling Directive

Date released: June 03, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a compliance assessment for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment.

Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2021

Date released: November 17, 2021

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Irish Centre for European Law (ICEL) are delighted to announce the annual conference Environmental Law Enforcement: Emerging Challenges 2021. To be held 17th & 18th November 2021

EPA Climate Change Conference 2021

Date released: June 23, 2021

"Climate Solutions for a Better Tomorrow" The EPA Climate Change Conference will be held online on 23 & 24 June 2021.