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EPA Climate Conference, 23 + 24 June 2021 – ‘Climate Solutions for a Better Tomorrow’

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The EPA Climate Change Conference will take place this year over two half days on Wednesday 23 and Thursday 24 June 2021.

Register now for this free online event:

Day 1, June 23, 09:00-13:00: Achievement of Climate Neutrality

The first half day will focus on the scale of the challenge, enablers and solutions available in the energy, transport, built environment and land use sectors.

Keynote speakers will include Marie Donnelly, Chair of the Climate Change Advisory Council, and Maria Jose Sanz of the Basque Centre for Climate Change.

Day 2, June 24, 14:00-17:00: Role of people and society in the transition to climate neutrality

The second half day will focus on the transition to climate neutrality, with particular emphasis on how we harness the attitudes and behaviour insights approach to drive climate change communications, engagement and activation.

Keynote speakers will include Anthony Leiserowitz, Founder and Director of the Yale Programme on Climate Change Communication, and Prof. Lorraine Whitmarsh, Director of the Centre for Climate Change and Social Transformations.

Register online now:

Who is involved?

Quite simply, everyone in Ireland has a role to play. This can be from something as simple as making sure you don’t pollute your local stream, or a local community working together to establish a Rivers Trust to enhance the rivers and lakes in their area, to a Government Department or Agency helping a Minister implement a new policy to help protect and enhance all our water bodies.

This website has been developed and is maintained by the Environmental Protection Agency, and is a collaboration between the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Government, the Environmental Protection Agency, and the Local Authority Waters Programme.


Local Authority Waters Programme

The Local Authority Waters Programme coordinates the efforts of local authorities and other public bodies in the implementation of the River Basin Management Plan, and supports local community and stakeholder involvement in managing our natural waters, for everyone’s benefit.


Environmental Protection Agency

The EPA is responsible for coordinating the monitoring, assessment and reporting on the status of our 4,829 water bodies, looking at trends and changes, determining which waterbodies are at risk and what could be causing this, and drafting environmental objectives and measures for each.


Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage

The Department is responsible for making sure that the right policies, regulations and resources are in place to implement the Water Framework Directive, and developing a River Basin Management Plan and Programme of Measures that will be implemented after public consultation and sign off by the Minister.