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Posted 27/04/2022

The requirements for registration of water abstractions are set out in the European Union (Water Policy) (Abstractions Registration) Regulations 2018 (S.I. No. 261 of 2018). The development of a national register of water abstractions is a requirement of EU law under the Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC).

Posted 26/04/2022


The EPA is the competent authority for implementation of the EU Emissions Trading System (ETS) in Ireland.

The EU Emissions Trading System includes large energy users, known as “stationary installations”. These include sites operating in the power generation, cement and oil refining sectors. Also included are large energy users in sectors such as food & drink, pharmaceuticals and semi-conductors.

Posted 25/04/2022

Under Irish law, a waste producer retains some responsibility for waste produced even when that waste is handed over to another party. This is also true in the case of waste refrigerants.

As well as having the required training, companies involved in the transportation of waste refrigerant gases/liquids (usually the refrigeration contractor) need to submit a PAN (Prior Annual Notification) to the EPA.

Companies that have recently submitted a PAN are listed here:

Posted 22/04/2022

Declaring residuals from a production process to be a by-product, as opposed to a waste, can reduce both cost and environmental impact.

The EPA has recently issued step-by-step guidance to assist notifiers on how to submit a by-product notification to the Agency via the EDEN online portal. It includes information on gaining access to the "By-Product Module" and completing the online notification form.

Posted 21/04/2022

The EPA recently released its 2021 report on its enforcement activities for the 840 industrial and waste licensed facilities in Ireland and it makes for some interesting reading. The main points are:

Posted 25/05/2020

The EPA has published its report on local authority environmental enforcement performance for 2018. The purpose of the report is to assess the performance of the 31 local authorities in 2018 and recommend actions for improvements. Local authorities play a vital role in environmental enforcement in Ireland. This includes: