Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) - Ireland
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. We ensure that Ireland`s environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration. Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and we work 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 we derive our mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003.
Information on the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) governance, organisational structure, and its roles and responsibilities. You can also find out how to get environmental information (e.g. Licensing/enforcement files, environmental quality data), though we already provide a considerable amount of environmental information online, details of which are located across our website. Also contained within these pages are details of the EPA's ten offices located around the country; as well as information about job vacancies and tenders for services. View video on 'What the EPA Do'.
The Environmental Protection Agency is at the front line of environmental protection and policing. We ensure that Ireland's environment is protected, and we monitor changes in environmental trends to detect early warning signs of neglect or deterioration.
Protecting our environment is a huge responsibility, and we work 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 we derive our mandate are the Waste Management Act, 1996, and the Protection of the Environment Act, 2003.
We have a wide range of functions to protect the environment, and our primary responsibilities include:
- Environmental licensing
- Enforcement of environmental law
- Environmental planning, education and guidance
- Monitoring, analysing and reporting on the environment
- Regulating Ireland's greenhouse gas emissions
- Environmental research development
- Strategic environmental assessment
- Waste management
Mission and vision
Our mission is:
- To protect and improve the natural environment for present and future generations, taking into account the environmental, social and economic principles of sustainable development
Our vision is:
- To be a powerful agent for change, both in attitudes to the environment and in actions on environmental protection
- To work to place environmental issues at the heart of international, national and local decision-making processes
- To be a credible and respected organisation, speaking out courageously for the protection of the environment
- To be a world-class organisation in which people are proud to work
The environmental protection agency's mission and vision are underpinned by our values - the principles and beliefs by which we operate. Our values are:
- Integrity, independence and professionalism: we make decisions based on objective and independent evaluations, and are committed to openness, fairness and transparency in our decision-making. We develop the necessary competence and confidence in our people to enable them to carry out their jobs in a professional manner.
- Service to stakeholders: we are committed to providing an excellent service to our stakeholders, which is courteous, helpful and timely in dealing with queries and requests.
- Value for money: we work in an efficient and effective manner, and provide real value for money to the taxpayer.
- Respect and support for colleagues: we believe that people flourish in an open and supportive workplace. We respect our colleagues as individuals with important contributions to make to our overall goals. We encourage teamwork, discussion and debate to help make the best decisions.
- Openness to learning: in all of our activities we are open to new insights and greater understanding of ways to improve our organisation and ourselves. We do this by keeping abreast of new developments and incorporating them into our work practices.
The Environmental Protection Agency is committed to being open and accessible. A large body of information about the environment and our activities is available in leaflets, publications and reports.
Licence application and enforcement files are available to the public for viewing.
Information is also available under the following statutes:
- Environmental Protection Agency Acts, 1992 and 2003
- Waste Management Act, 1996 to 2003
- Genetically Modified Organisms Regulations, 2003
- Access to Information on the Environment Regulations, 2007
- Freedom of Information Acts, 1997 and 2003
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is committed to providing an excellent service to our customers. We aim to be courteous, helpful and timely in dealing with queries and requests.
Details on how we are working towards providing high quality services to our customers are contained in our Quality Customer Service Action Plan. This is designed to reflect the 12 Principles of Quality Customer Service adopted by the Government.
Our Customer Charter / Cairt Chustaiméirí provides information about the standards we aim for in providing our services.
We undertake to listen to our customers and engage with them in assessing their level of satisfaction with our organisation and in responding appropriately to their feedback.
Tell us whether our standards are delivering the level of service you require and whether or not we deal effectively with your enquiries. Your comments are extremely useful to us in determining how we need to develop and improve our services and update the contents of our Charter.
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Public Procurement can be defined as the acquisition, whether under formal contract or not, of works, supplies and services by public bodies. It ranges from the purchase of routine supplies or services to formal tendering and placing contracts for large infrastructural projects.
A key principle of Public Procurement is that the function is discharged honestly, fairly, and in a manner that secures best value for public money. Contracting authorities must be cost effective and efficient in the use of resources while upholding the highest standards of probity and integrity. Procurement practices are subject to audit and scrutiny under the Comptroller and Auditor General (Amendment) Act 1993 and Accounting Officers are publicly accountable for expenditure incurred.
It is a basic principle of public procurement that a competitive process should be used unless there are justifiably exceptional circumstances. The type of competitive process can vary depending on the size and characteristics of the contract to be awarded.
For contracts or purchases below the EU threshold value currently set at €193,000 for Public bodies such as the Environmental Protection Agency, a less formal procedure is appropriate.
- Supplies or services less than €5,000 in value may be purchased on the basis of verbal quotes from one or more competitive suppliers.
- Supplies or services between €5,000 and €50,000 in value may be awarded on the basis of responses to specifications sent by fax or email to at least three suppliers or service providers.
- Supplies or services between €50,000 and €193,000 in value, must engage the full competitive process. Tender documents are produced and published on the etenders website.
- Supplies or services in excess of €193,000 in value, must comply with the full range of EU regulations. Tender documents are produced and published on both etenders website and the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU).