Investigation Into Why Existing Environmental Technologies are Underused

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This study recommends several priority actions to increase the uptake of environmental technologies. A National Steering Group for ETAP implementation in Ireland should be set up in order to coordinate the actions of the many organisations involved. An ETAP Secretariat is required to be a focal point for the activities of the Steering Group and to implement its action plan on a day to day basis. The specific action points of ETAP should be linked with the most suitable organisations active in that field and formal partnerships are required to develop more efficient action frameworks.

Several priority actions are recommended in this study for consideration in order to rectify the current underuse of environmental technologies. These include policy/regulatory initiatives such as new sectoral agreements and producer responsibility schemes (building on previous successes). Increased levels of grant aid to support recycling and improved material efficiency are required as well as economic stimuli for more sustainable agricultural-based alternatives such as biofuels, biomass, anaerobic digestion, etc. Economic incentives are also required in transport, to support more efficient and less emitting alternatives and reverse current trends. Other economic-based instruments such as water charges, green public procurement and soft loans are also recommended and these have been effective elsewhere.

Information-based incentives such as technical support and training, more intensive research, awareness raising programmes (on a variety of subjects) and better labelling of cars and other products are also worthwhile instruments. Given the findings of the Environmental Protection Agency?s (EPA) Environment in Focus 2006 Report, the application of instruments is particularly required in the fields of transport, agriculture and energy/climate change, to ensure a greater uptake of environmental technologies in those sectors and to support Ireland ?s environment and economy into the future.

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Ms. Eileen O'Leary
Clean Technology Centre

Tadhg Coakley
Clean Technology Centre

Mr. Demott Cunningham
Clean Technology Centre

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Author(s)O'Leary, E. Coakley, T. Cunningham, D.
Title Of WebsiteSecure Archive For Environmental Research Data
Publication InformationInvestigation Into Why Existing Environmental Technologies are Underused
Name of OrganisationEnvironmental Protection Agency Ireland
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Unique Identifiera736a583-7206-102a-90c6-0593d266866d
Date of AccessLast Updated on SAFER: 2024-05-20

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Resource KeywordsEnvironmental Technologies ETAP
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project Code2005-ET-DS-M3
EPA/ERTDI/STRIVE Project ThemeEnvironmental Technologies
Resource Availability: Any User Can Download Files From This Resource
Limitations on the use of this ResourceThere are no datasets associated with this resource. However, any use of the final reports from this project should be cited correctly in any 3rd party usage
Number of Attached Files (Publicly and Openly Available for Download): 1
Project Start Date Tuesday 3rd January 2006 (03-01-2006)
Earliest Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Tuesday 3rd January 2006 (03-01-2006)
Most Recent Recorded Date within any attached datasets or digital objects Monday 2nd April 2007 (02-04-2007)
Published on SAFERFriday 22nd June 2007 (22-06-2007)
Date of Last EditMonday 9th July 2007 at 14:08:29 (09-07-2007)
Datasets or Files Updated On Monday 25th June 2007 at 10:29:39 (25-06-2007)

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The study is based on information on Environmental Technologies in Ireland.

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The study was commissioned by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) as part of a call for proposals related to environmental technologies made in July 2005. Specifically the study was part of Theme 4 of the call for proposals - Environmental Technologies: Studies and Support to Aid National Uptake of Environmental Technologies.
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This research project focused on policies relating to Environmental Technologies and their uptake and did not generate new datasets.

This research comments on the findings of the Environment in Focus 2006 Report and recommend some priority action points based upon its findings. We recommend in particular that instruments should be applied to promote environmental technologies relating to transport, agriculture and energy/climate.

Other parties involved in this project were:
Dr. Brian Donlon, Research Manager, Environmental Protection Agency, Richview, Clonskeagh, Dublin 14. Ireland

Dr Patrick Gilheaney, Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, Customs House Quay, Dublin 1.
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