Science & Technology in Action


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. It ensures that Ireland’s environment is protected, and it monitors changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.

Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and the EPA works with a number of organisations that carry out specific environmental functions.

The EPA is an independent public body established under the Environmental Protection Agency Act, 1992. The other main instruments from which it derives its mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a wide range of functions to protect the environment.

Regulation - Implement effective regulation and enforcement compliance systems to deliver good environmental outcomes and target those who don’t comply.

How we do it – Through Licensing, Enforcement and Guidance.

Knowledge - Provide high quality, targeted and timely environmental data, information and assessment to inform decision making at all levels.

How we do it – Through Monitoring and Assessment, Research and Reporting. 

Advocacy - Work with others to advocate for a clean, productive and well protected environment and for sustainable environmental behaviour.

How we do it – Through Education, Awareness Raising and Behaviour Change.

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