Environment Reports

Local authorities may provide environmental reports and information to government departments and other agencies.

Environmental Inspection Plan

What Carlow County Council are required to do?

Produce and submit to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) an Environmental Inspection Plan (the RMCEI Plan) annually:

  • Carry out inspections of installations regulated by environmental legislation, and
  • Produce reports of those inspections.

What does R.M.C.E.I. mean?

R.M.C.E.I. = Recommended Minimum Criteria for Environmental Inspections

In 2001 the EU Parliament made a Recommendation that Member States provide a document of minimum criteria for Environmental Inspections.


To contribute to a more consistent implementation and enforcement of EU Environmental law.

All environmental inspections carried out by a local authority should be encompassed within the scope of the R.M.C.E.I. plan to provide for consistency in regulation locally and nationally and for efficiency in staff management.

What is it?

The Environmental Inspection Plan is a document detailing:

  • the framework of environmental inspection targets to be undertaken in order to achieve environmental priorities and outcomes during the coming year, and
  • identifies the inspections undertaken and the achievement of environmental priorities and outcomes in the previous year, by monitoring the performance against the targets.

What must be in the Plan?

  • Define the time period and geographical area to which the plan relates;
  • Detail specific sites or types of installations covered by the plan;
  • Include a programme for routine environmental inspections;
  • Include procedures for dealing with complaints, accidents and incidents;
  • Develop procedures to coordinate actions with other Inspecting Authorities; and
  • Define a timeframe within which the plan must be reviewed.

Can I see the Environmental Inspection Plan for Carlow?

Yes. Click on the link below to view the 2022 Plan for Carlow.

If you have any queries in relation to this please contact the Environment Section by phone on 059-9136231 or email: environment@carlowcoco.ie