Four years later, on 26 March 2014, Ireland presented a mid-term report to the OECD Working Party on Environmental Performance. This is a timely opportunity to take stock of the progress made and the remaining challenges. Ireland's actions include:
the reform of the waste sector;
the reform of the water sector;
the planned introduction of domestic water charge;
the introduction of a carbon tax; and
substantial reform of the local government system.
"Notwithstanding the recent economic difficulties faced by Ireland, environmental matters continue to be very much on the agenda. Although protection of the environment may face many challenges during an economic recession, it has been recognised by both government and industry that these challenges are interlinked and can also bring opportunities. The concept of a ‘green economy’ and ‘green growth’ has helped identify areas where the development of ‘clean’ and ‘green’ technology, innovation and products can yield dividends."
Read the presentation by the Director General of the Irish Department of the Environment, Community and Local Government: