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Date Last Updated: 24-01-2023

Survey Name:

Household Environmental Behaviours

Survey purpose:

The data were collected as part of the CSO General Household Survey (GHS). The GHS is a national survey that takes place three or four times each year and is part of an EU-wide programme. Each survey usually has a specific theme: for example in Quarter 3, 2021 the modules were "Personal and Work-Life Balance" and "Environment". The purpose of the Environment module was to collect information on household environmental behaviours.

Legislative Basis National:

Not applicable

Legislative Basis European:

Not applicable


Ad hoc

Statistical Population:

All private occupied households in Ireland

Sampling Frame:

The Ordinarily Resident Frame is a dataset produced by combining Local Property Tax (LPT) owner-occupied property data with Residential Tenancies Board (RTB) tenant-occupied property data

Reference Area:


Time Coverage:

Quarter 3, 2021

Base Period:


Sector Coverage:


Survey Size:

The sample size was 25,000 households.

Principal Variables:

The data are household responses to survey questions on four topics: opinions on environmental issues; visits to nature areas; waste management and recycling; and energy use. A detailed breakdown by household characteristics is provided.

Principal External Users:

Policy-makers, including the Environmental Protection Agency, the Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland and Inland Fisheries Ireland, and the media.

Contact Organisation:

Central Statistics Office

Business Area:

Environment Statistics

Contact Person:

Clare O'Hara

Contact Person Function:


Other Business Area Specialists:

Berna Lawlor, Cian Rushe

Contact email:

Contact phone number:

(+353) 1 498 4000