Five Degrees of Change

‘What’s happening with targets is less greenwashing and more time washing – Laura Burke, EPA

The environmental protection agency’s director general says the gap between aspiration and action and the polarisation of debate on the environment are major challenges that need to be addressed for a greener future

Laura Burke, director general of the EPA: ‘If these issues were easy to address, they would have been addressed by now.’ Picture: Maura Hickey

The fact that Ireland’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was only set up in 1992 is a reflection of just how recently the Irish state started paying serious attention to environmental issues.

“We have three main functions: regulation, knowledge provision, and working with others to protect the environment,” Laura Burke, the agency’s director general told the Business Post.

Since taking over as head of the EPA in 2011, she has seen significant change in both the ...