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AG5 Odour Impact Assessment Guidance

Odour Impact Assessment Guidance for EPA Licensed Sites (AG5) was updated in February 2019 . The guidance presented in AG5 is useful for activities which are not licensed by the EPA, particularly nuisance complaints. AG5 offers a consistent and systematic approach to the assessment of odours on and in the local area of facilities and...

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‘Inaction’ on climate goals could cost Government up to €600m

The European Commission has issued its starkest warning yet of economic penalties facing the Government due to lack of progress in decarbonising Irish society and in adopting renewable energy.  Its 2018 Country Report Ireland concludes “existing climate change mitigation efforts will not enable Ireland to achieve its Europe 2020 climate goals domestically”. It adds: “Only limited progress...

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Ireland’s emissions going in the wrong direction

The EPA has published figures for emissions of five key air pollutants. These pollutants impact air quality in Ireland and further afield, causing respiratory problems, pollution of soil and surface water, and damage to vegetation.  This latest information from the EPA shows that Ireland exceeded its emission limits for ammonia for the first time in 2016 and...

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The Industrial Emissions Directive explained

The Industrial Emissions Directive 2010/75/EU (or IED for short) is aimed at reducing emissions from industrial production processes and has been in force in Ireland since 6 January 2011 and was implemented from 23 April 2013 onwards. In the past the Environmental Protection Agency in Ireland has issued Waste Licences and IPPC Licences for activities...

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