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

Fostering a circular economy is critically important in terms of Ireland’s green recovery, EPA Report The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released the 2019 Annual Report on the National Waste Prevention Programme (NWPP) - a Government of Ireland initiative led by the EPA. The report highlights the activities carried out during 2019 to support and promote Ireland’s transition to a cir...
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Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA

Sharp increase in dumping and ‘backyard burning’ during lockdown, says EPA A sharp rise in household waste generated during the Covid-19 lockdown led to big increases in illegal dumping and “backyard burning”, according to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) report Ireland in the Pandemic - Environmental Observations.  Enquiries to the EPA website increased four-fold during the lockdown per...
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Waste Management and Reduction Opportunities during Construction – EPA guidelines

The construction sector will be one of the key sectors in restarting our economy and the EPA have issued new guidelines on waste, water and energy designed to be easily adopted by builders big and small.  Source - EPA Verde Environmental Consultants provide expert advisory, monitoring and assessment services from our offices in Wicklow, Cork, Mayo and Galway in soil, air, water, waste, e...
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Recent Waste Management Enforcement Measures by Local Authorities

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recently assessed the environmental enforcement activities of local authorities in its annual performance report. We summarise their key findings in the area of waste and consider the recommendations made where improvement will hopefully enhance environmental enforcement. Illegal waste activities The EPA recommends that local authorities should f...
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New Landfill levies proposed

New levies due to be introduced on disposable cups and plastic bags are not a “grab for money”, the Minister for Climate Action and Environment Richard Bruton has said.  Mr Bruton said “every cent” raised by the levies, will be “ploughed back into environmental measures” such as clean-ups, anti-dumping actions and the promotion of better waste practices in the community. A public consultation on a...
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UN Environment interview with Ireland’s Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment

What do you think is the most pressing environmental issue today and why? Ireland recognizes that climate change, which interacts with so many other aspects of the environment, such as biodiversity loss, is the great global threat for this century. However, we must not ignore all the other aspects of environmental protection, such as air quality and waste management. What do you think are so...
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14 EU Member States at Risk of Missing Recycling Target

Action plans aimed at helping the fourteen member states considered to be at greatest risk of missing the EU’s 2020 recycling targets have been published in a key report by environmental consultancy Eunomia Research & Consulting for the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Environment. his project came under the Waste Framework Directive‘s Early Warning System, which requires the E...
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Political Declaration on future EU-UK relationship must deliver on environment

The coming weeks are critical for the Brexit negotiations and the future EU-UK relationship.  Negotiations are intensifying in the build-up to the October European Council summit, with the added bonus of a possible extraordinary summit in November at which an Agreement will be presented. Accompanying any Withdrawal [Brexit] Agreement will be a Political Declaration on the future EU-UK relations...
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EU Commission reviews implementation of EU waste rules

The European Commission recently published the latest review of how well EU waste rules are applied across Europe, presenting challenges and ways forward. Despite continuous progress in Member States and an overall good performance at EU level, there are serious gaps that must be swiftly addressed if Europe is to reap the environmental and economic benefits of the circular economy. 14 European cou...
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Strong growth in Construction Industry mask potential capacity challenges

The Construction Industry Federation’s (CIF) first construction industry economic outlook this week heard of underlying challenges facing the sector that could impact on its ability to deliver essential housing and infrastructure activity in the next decade. Jeanette Mair, CIF Economic & Research Director, stated “Strong headline growth figures mask potential capacity challenges, particular...
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