- Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is a trusted and respected body for environmental and radiological protection that is recognised for its scientific integrity. The EPA’s broad mandate spans regulatory delivery, data and research, and advocacy campaigns.
- An evolving context requires a well-thought-through strategic response from the EPA. Pressures on licensing and enforcement functions are increasing as economic activity picks up and a new whole-of-government climate action plan seeks to fundamentally change the way Ireland tackles the climate emergency. The EPA must make important strategic decisions about its future role and objectives and its ambition to be a cutting-edge regulator.
- The recently-adopted inspections and enforcement policy provides an opportunity to promote the principles of responsive regulation, focusing on outcomes. Monitoring the EPA’s performance and communicating its results clearly will enable the EPA to show the impact of its activities to its diverse stakeholders.
For further information, please contact Martha Baxter or Anna Pietikainen, OECD Regulatory Policy Division.