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Introduction

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This is the fifth edition of Environmental Indicators Ireland, which is now published on an annual basis. The National Statistics Board (NSB) 2009-2014 Strategy for Statistics recommended that the CSO support the expansion of evidence-based policy-making by developing a set of indicators based around environmental data. The NSB requested that the selected indicators should be consistent with international statistical concepts and facilitate international comparison.

A total of 69 indicators covering ten domains have been selected for this publication. The indicators are updated from the 2020 report to show the most recent data available.  In most cases, the same indicators are shown as were used in the 2020 report.  Many of the indicators are presented in a time-series format for Ireland, while the international context is shown by comparing Ireland with other countries and world regions for the latest year for which data are available.

The environment area is wide-ranging and the ten domains cover the global context, environmental economy, air, greenhouse gases and climate change, water, land use, energy, transport, waste and biodiversity. This report attempts to bring together the most important indicators from these domains to facilitate easy access for users.

The CSO wishes to thank: BirdWatch Ireland; Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine; Department of Transport; European Environment Agency; Environmental Protection Agency; Eurostat;  Met √Čireann; Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland; and United Nations for providing data and technical advice on the most appropriate indicators for Ireland.

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