Air Quality

Organisation Contact 

Department of Communications, Climate Action and Environment looks after:

  • Air quality standards and monitoring
  • Implementation and review of the National Programme on transboundary pollutants
  • Transboundary pollution
  • Car fuel - CO2 consumer guide 
  • Negotiations for the reduction of sulphur in bituminous coal
  • European Mobility Week (EMW) in Ireland - European Free Car Day.
  • Negotiations on Ireland’s commitments on reducing Greenhouse Gas emissions.
  • Quantity of GHG emissions to be allocated to the Emissions
​ Head Office

        29-31 Adelaide Road


        D02 X285

Tel +353 1 678 2000 
LoCall 1890 44 99 00 

Full contact details: 

The Environmental Protection Agency is responsible for:

  • Tracking emissions of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases through the EU Emissions Trading Scheme (EU ETS)
  • Establishing and maintaining a national emission trading registry
  • Ireland's Greenhouse Gas (GHG) database 
  • National Emissions Projections forecast future emissions
  • Monitoring air quality standards and zones providing air quality date per region (operate monitoring stations)
  • Air Quality index
  • Solvent emissions regulations
  • Implementing the European legislation on the ozone
  • Decorative paints regulations
  • Reports and bulletins
  • Tracking Ireland’s acid gas emissions
  • Coordinates environmental research in this area

EPA Headquarters
PO Box 3000
Johnstown Castle Estate
Co. Wexford
Tel: 053-9160600
Lo Call: 1890 335599
Opening hours: 9.00am to 5.00pm
Reception hours: 9.00am to 5.30pm

View real-time air quality data for air monitoring locations

Local Administration helps:

  • The EPA operate air monitoring stations and implement short-term traffic restrictions. View maps of the entire network of air monitoring locations
  • Local authorities have enforcement powers under the  Air Pollution Act 1987, including power to require measures to be taken to prevent or limit air pollution. Like the Bituminous Coal Ban
  • Arrange a week of activities and events which promote and contribute to a complete shift towards sustainable urban transport

Contact information for your local authority is on the local administration page.

The Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland is in charge of:

  • Implementing significant aspects of the Energy White Paper: “Delivering a Sustainable Energy Future for Ireland"
  • Advancing the development of renewable sources of energy
  • Advising Government on policies
  • Managing programmes aimed at raising awareness and providing information
Sustainable Energy Authority Ireland
Dublin 9
Tel (01) 8369080
Fax (01) 8372848
The Environmental Health Officers Association promotes Environmental Health and is responsible for heightening the awareness of Environmental Health issues, including air quality, among the public. Heraghty House,
4 Carlton Terrace,
Novara Avenue,
Bray, Co Wicklow
Tel 01 2761211
Fax 01 2764665

Envirocentre is aimed at enhancing environmental awareness and improving performance in Irish industry, providing air quality standards for small to medium enterprises.

Enterprise Ireland,
The Plaza
East Point Business Park,
Dublin 3.
Tel (01) 727 2358
Fax (01) 727 2073
Cork City Council's 2011 report is based on assessment of the monitoring data generated by them in 2010. City Hall, Cork
Co. Cork
Tel (0)214924146
Backyard burning is a domestic event that can impact air quality and a number of local authorities give practical advice on how to stop it. Local authorities have considerable enforcement powers to protect air quality. Cork County Council
County Hall, Cork
Co. Cork
Tel (0)214532722 
Galway City Council
City Hall
College Road
Tel (0)91536564

Kilkenny County Council
County Hall
John Street
Co. Kilkenny
Tel (0)567794487

Wicklow County Council
The Murrough Environmental Centre
The Murrough
Tel (0)40464118
National University of Ireland, Galway is involved with air quality research and monitoring activities that cover indoor and outdoor air pollution, urban and regional-scale air quality, and air quality - climate interactions. NUI Galway,
University Road,
Tel (0)91 524411
Coordinator Henry Curran

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