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EPA announce €12.2 Million For Environmental Research

Research to help deliver a low carbon, sustainable and healthy future – EPA announces €12.2 million Government of Ireland funding for environmental research.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects. The EPA environmental research programme is a Government of Ireland initiative, funded by the Department of Communications, Climate Action & Environment.

The new EPA research projects funded will address a wide range of topics, including:-

Implementation of the Climate National Mitigation Plan and Adaptation Framework.
Implementation of the River Basin Management Plans.
Implementation of the UN Sustainable Development Goals in Ireland.
Antibiotic resistance.
Plastics use.
Natural capital accounting.
Peatlands management.
Habitats drone mapping.

Commenting on the announcement, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Mr Richard Bruton T.D. stated:-
“I am currently developing an all government plan to make Ireland a leader in responding to climate change. We must step up our response and make decisions now, which will see our natural environment protected and indeed thriving for future generations. Today’s announcement of €12.2million government funding, in research across the areas of climate, water, sustainability and green enterprise will drive the discovery of better, more innovative solutions to managing our environment effectively.”

Ms Laura Burke, Director General of the EPA, stated:-
“Our environment impacts on our health and wellbeing – we know this and the science proves it. We live better, healthier lives when our environment is valued and protected. As such, the EPA is pleased to announce awards totalling €12.2 million to fund new environmental research projects.
The outputs from these projects will provide the foundation and evidence base for credible environmental decision-making into the future. As the issue of climate change becomes ever more pressing, there is an urgent need to find sustainable and low-carbon solutions to environmental pressures. To this end, the EPA works closely with other agencies to co-fund projects and prioritise research in areas such as climate change, water quality, agriculture and energy.”

Dr Alice Wemaere, EPA Research Manager, added:-
“In our 2018 Call, researchers were invited to respond to specific topics as well as to propose their own ideas for relevant and innovative research. This resulted in a higher number of proposals received this year. The most promising projects have now been given the go-ahead and awarded funding. We very much look forward to seeing the researchers’ findings and their solutions to pressing environmental issues over the course of the next two and three years and will ensure that they are widely shared for implementation.”

Dr Wemaere also explained that the EPA supported researchers in drawing down EU funding:-
“In 2018, the EPA supported Irish environmental researchers in securing over €2.6 million in EU Horizon 2020 funding. This funding is for environmental research in areas embracing climate action, environment, resource efficiency and raw materials.”

Details of the 2018 EPA research awards are available HERE.

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