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Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Recycling Data (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) is charged with reporting data on waste management. A wide range of waste statistics is available on the EPA website (), including national waste reports and data releases containing information on recycling rates for various waste streams.  A progress report on how the State is performing in terms of various waste management...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management Regulations (13 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...) Regulations 2014.Under the Regulations, at least 60% of packaging waste must be recovered and 55% must be recycled. The most recent Waste Packaging Statistics for Ireland, published by the EPA in May 2016, show that Ireland has met and exceeded the overall packaging waste recovery rate and the recycling rate targets since they came into force.  Our recovery rate has gone from 70% in...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Planning Guidelines (13 Jul 2017)

Eoghan Murphy: There are no specific planning guidelines issued by my Department in relation to the assessment of the climate impact of renewable energy developments on peatlands, including degraded peatlands, as referred to by the Deputy. It should be noted that policy matters in relation to climate change and renewable energy generally are a matter for my colleague, the Minister for Communications,...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Nitrates Usage (12 Jul 2017)

Michael Creed: The Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) is the lead authority in undertaking the review, assisted by my Department. The third review of Ireland’s Nitrates Action Plan (NAP) commenced in early 2017; the NAP is designed to prevent pollution from agricultural sources to protect and improve water quality in order to meet the EU Water Framework...

Waste Reduction Bill 2017: Second Stage [Private Members] (11 Jul 2017)

Seán Kyne: .... I understand the importance of dealing with the problem of plastic wastes. It is horrific to think that between 5 and 13 million tonnes of plastic leak into the world's oceans each year. The Department has engaged with relevant stakeholders around waste prevention and reduction for many years. Ireland has gone from being a poor performer in relation to packaging waste to being one of...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Waste Management Regulations (11 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...impose obligations on both waste collectors and householders. Under articles 4 and 5 of the Regulations, household waste collectors are required to provide, or arrange for the provision of, a separate collection service for food waste from households for population agglomerations greater than 500 persons. The list of waste collection permit holders, including waste management service...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: Illegal Dumping (11 Jul 2017) See 1 other result from this answer

Denis Naughten: ...Questions Nos. 631, 632 and 634 together. Enforcement action in relation to illegal dumping is a matter for the relevant local authority concerned and also the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) Office of Environmental Enforcement (OEE), which supervises the environmental protection activities of local authorities. The cost of illegal dumping is not collated by my Department as it...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: EU Directives (11 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: ...) Regulations 2014. Under the Regulations, at least 60% of packaging waste must be recovered and 55% must be recycled. The most recent Waste Packaging Statistics for Ireland, published by the EPA in May 2016, show that Ireland has met and exceeded the overall packaging waste recovery rate and the recycling rate targets since they came into force. Our recovery rate has gone from 70% in...

Minerals Development Bill 2015 [Seanad]: Report Stage (Resumed) and Final Stage (6 Jul 2017) See 1 other result from this debate

James Lawless: ...arrangements now in place. The logic behind the amendment is to have a survey conducted of these historical sites, to create a central register to be managed by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, to advise on decisions to allow for the prospect of remediation of these sites and to allow for a better informed decision-making process when considering planning permission applications...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Nitrates Action Programme Implementation (6 Jul 2017)

Michael Creed: ...States are required to review their NAP at least every four years. In 2017, the Minister for Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government (DHPCLG) which is the lead authority, assisted by the Department of Agriculture, Food & the Marine (DAFM)  embarked on the third review of Ireland’s NAP  with the European Commission, with a view to...

Joint Oireachtas Committee on Arts, Heritage, Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs: Preserving Ireland's Natural Heritage: Discussion (5 Jul 2017)

..., but to completely reconstitute the CAP and the entire agricultural subsidy system to ensure that nature comes first. Biodiversity enhancement should be the central objective of all Government Departments and agencies, the Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine, the Forest Service and Teagasc, with the reconstitution of the legal remit of those targets and agencies. Instead of...

Seanad: Household Waste Charges: Statements (5 Jul 2017)

Rose Conway Walsh: ...mercy of the CEO as to whether charges are increased. There have also been suggestions that an independent regulator will be established to regulate the industry. As I said, we already have the Department and the EPA to do this job. There is no need to establish a separate quango to do it. We need only consider the debacle regarding car insurance premiums to know that if there are too...

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (5 Jul 2017)

Michael Creed: ...concept of a ‘balance between anthropogenic emissions by sources and removals by sinks of greenhouse gases’. However, neither process provides robust definitions of these concepts therefore, my Department together with the EPA and Teagasc will use opportunities in research to explore science based approaches to define indicators and metrics which could be used to define...

Waste Disposal: Motion [Private Members] (4 Jul 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Seán Sherlock: ...as such measures would ensure the State has a role in the regulation of the market. There would be no major cost impediment to do that. The Minister would have goodwill towards the idea if the EPA was already regulating the market, that is, if legislation was in place to back that up and if the EPA was already researching and analysing the market. The very act of setting up some sort of...

Leaders' Questions (4 Jul 2017)

Leo Varadkar: ...has been provided for anti-dumping initiatives. There are 85 projects around the country to target areas where there is dumping. Another €9 million is being provided for enforcement by authorities. The EPA will continue to run its "stop food waste" campaign. The Repak programme-----

Written Answers — Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (4 Jul 2017)

Michael Creed: .... This figure reflects the importance of agriculture to the Irish economy, the significance of an efficient grass based livestock industry and Ireland’s lack of heavy industry.  The most recent EPA figues indicate that agriculture emissions are 5.5% below 1990 figures. This overall reduction in emissions from agriculture has also been influenced by measures such as the...

Written Answers — Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources: National Clean Air Strategy (4 Jul 2017)

Denis Naughten: .... Inhalation of Particulate Matter (PM) can increase respiratory morbidity (including exacerbation of existing conditions such as asthma) as well as contributing to cardiovascular disease. My Department has commenced work on the first ever National Clean Air Strategy which will provide an overarching strategic policy framework within which clean air policies can be formulated and given...

Written Answers — Department of Housing, Planning, Community and Local Government: Water Services Infrastructure (4 Jul 2017)

Eoghan Murphy: Under Section 33 of the Water Services (No. 2) Act 2013, Irish Water is required to prepare a Water Services Strategic Plan (WSSP). In preparing a WSSP Irish Water must consult with the Commission for Energy Regulation, the EPA, local authorities and each regional body. The Act also provides that when preparing the WSSP Irish Water must ensure, as far as practicable, that it is...

Seanad: Petroleum and Other Minerals Development (Prohibition of Onshore Hydraulic Fracturing) Bill 2016: Committee and Remaining Stages (28 Jun 2017) See 2 other results from this debate

Seán Kyne: ...interests of the people who wish to see onshore fracking banned.A good deal of work was done by the committee that scrutinised the Bill and the synthesis report by the Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, which was a combined report between the North and South. The prohibition of fracturing offshore has not been considered in the same fashion in the context of the EPA-led joint programme...

Written Answers — Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport: Greenhouse Gas Emissions (28 Jun 2017)

Mick Wallace: 75. To ask the Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport his views on the recent projections of the EPA that, rather than reducing, transport emissions are expected to increase by 10% to 12% between 2015 and 2020; in view of the fact that road transport accounts for 95% of total transport emissions here, his further views on whether Government transport policy heavily favours the road system...

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