2020 Press Releases

View all the press releases for 2020 below.


January 2020

EPA warns that poorly constructed wells and inadequate monitoring of private water supplies are putting health at risk - Jan 15 2020, 11:00 AM
A report focusing on the quality of private water supplies in Ireland for 2018 was released today by the EPA.

Hey, what’s the Story of Your Stuff? EPA invites second-level students to consider the environmental impact of everyday items and consumption decisions - Jan 16 2020, 12:00 PM
The Story of Your Stuff competition combines creativity and science, giving students the chance to win €500 for themselves and €500 for their school, alongside a new Climate Topic Prize

Local authority environmental enforcement activities are increasing, but challenges remain in waste, farm and air quality inspections. - Jan 21 2020, 12:00 PM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has today released its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018.


February 2020

EPA commences online publication of enforcement data.Findings show overall good compliance at EPA licensed industrial and waste sites - Feb 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA has today commenced the publication of key data on industrial and waste licence enforcement on the EPA website.

EPA Climate Change Lecture Series: The Green Deal: Delivering a Climate-Neutral Europe - Feb 05 2020, 9:15 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency is hosting Dr Artur Runge-Metzger, Director of DG Climate Action of the EU Commission, to speak as part of the EPA Climate Lecture Series on Thursday 6th February.

Delivering trusted and relevant knowledge to inform environmental policy: EPA announces €10 million Government of Ireland funding for new environmental research - Feb 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €10 million to fund vital new environmental research.

EPA survey indicates most people have taken steps to help the environment - Feb 20 2020, 11:00 AM
Research commissioned by the EPA to coincide with the publication of its EPA 2019 Year in Review report found that 78 per cent of people surveyed said they have personally taken steps to help the environment, and that 87 per cent of adults in Ireland recognise the importance of the environment as an asset to the country. The Red C poll carried out in January 2020 explored attitudes towards environmental issues.

Derval O’Rourke announced as ambassador for EPA's The Story of Your Stuff competition - Feb 25 2020, 9:25 AM
The EPA has today announced that World Champion and Olympic hurdler, Derval O’Rourke will be this year’s ambassador for its national competition for second-level students, ‘The Story of Your Stuff’. The EPA is again partnering with the UCD Earth Institute, who will host the finale showcase event on 3rd April 2020 when competition finalists and their classmates will participate in a special programme of events, and meet Ms O’Rourke who will deliver a keynote speech.

EPA publishes report on leaks from ESB Networks Fluid Filled Underground Electricity Cables - Feb 26 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published a report on its investigation into leaks from fluid filled underground electricity cables. The cable leaks were highlighted in an RTE Investigates programme entitled ‘The ESB Leaks’, which was broadcast on the 5th June 2019 and repeated on the 9th January 2020.


March 2020

EPA to hold an oral hearing to examine objections and concerns in relation to proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick - Mar 04 2020, 5:33 PM
The EPA has decided to hold an Oral Hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick (Reg. No. P0029-06) on the 18th of September 2019. The hearing will be held in Limerick during May 2020.

Ireland produces over half a million tonnes of hazardous waste annually, says EPA - Mar 11 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency has today published its latest hazardous waste figures for Ireland. The figures show that the amount of hazardous waste generated in Ireland continues to grow, with over 500,000 tonnes of hazardous waste generated in Ireland in 2018, up over 90,000 tonnes in a year.


April 2020

EPA to postpone oral hearing on proposed licence for Irish Cement, Limerick due to COVID-19 - Apr 07 2020, 2:00 PM
The EPA has decided to postpone the oral hearing to examine the objections and concerns raised in relation to the proposed licence issued to Irish Cement Limited, Castlemungret, Limerick, Co. Limerick

Recent trends in air pollution trend in Ireland - Apr 09 2020, 5:40 PM
All hourly air quality data is on the EPA website - nitrogen dioxide is the pollutant of interest from traffic and we know reduced traffic congestion should decrease the levels of this pollutant.

Ireland’s power generation and industrial emissions drop by 8.7 percent in 2019 - Apr 22 2020, 11:00 AM
The EPA, as the Competent Authority in Ireland for the EU Emissions Trading System, has today published details of greenhouse gas emissions in 2019, for companies in the system.


May 2020

EPA report shows on-going improvement in bathing water quality.Three new bathing waters classified as ‘excellent’ or ‘good’ in latest assessment - May 26 2020, 12:01 AM
The EPA has today published the Bathing Water in Ireland report for 2019 which sets out the quality of bathing water at our beaches. Overall, bathing water quality improved across the country in 2019, although quality did decline at some locations.

Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland) - May 26 2020, 3:53 PM
Recent trends in nitrogen dioxide (NO2) levels in air (Ireland)

Ireland’s ammonia emissions continue to rise and exceed EU limit - Jun 04 2020, 11:00 AM
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants which impact air quality, health and the environment. The pollutants are: ammonia, non-methane volatile organic compounds, sulphur dioxide, nitrogen oxides and particulate matter.