Tuesday, 18 August 2020
The present indicator set, compiled by the CSO as a response to the commitment in Our Sustainable Future, complements two existing CSO indicator reports namely ‘Measuring Ireland’s Progress’and Environmental Indicators Ireland With a view to minimising the overlap between these three indicator sets this report has been limited to 55 indicators. Work on identifying verifiable sources in areas where there is not adequate supporting data continues with a view to enhancing the indicator set in future publications.
The indicators are presented under four domains: Global Indicators; Economy; Social; and Environment. The Global Indicators domain contains seven indicators and gives a worldwide overview (the other three domains only contain data for Ireland and the EU). Essentially the Global Indicators domain presents a snapshot of Ireland’s standing in the world.
The Economy domain contains thirteen indicators and these are designed to show trends in Ireland since 2000 and to benchmark Ireland against other countries in the European Union. The Social and Environment domains also show the trends since 2000 and benchmark us in Europe.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) protects the environment through its licensing, enforcement and monitoring activities. Details about the EPA's activities can be found at: epa.ie
In developing the SDG National Implementation Plan 2018-2020, Ireland has also mapped its sectoral policies against the 17 SDGs and all 169 related targets, in order to identify which national policies are most relevant to which SDGs and their associated targets, and the extent of interlinkages between different national policies which can contribute to the achievement of multiple SDGs.
The Central Statistics Office [CSO] is Ireland’s national statistical office and is tasked to impartially collect, analyse and make available statistics about Ireland’s people, society and economy. The identification and management of national data needed to meet Ireland’s SDG reporting requirements will be undertaken by the CSO, in consultation with the SDG Interdepartmental Working Group. In addition to Ireland’s formal periodic SDG reporting, the CSO and Ireland’s National Mapping Agency, Ordnance Survey Ireland [OSi], have launched a website for exploring, downloading and combining publicly available national SDG data using geographic information systems.
Government of Ireland. Ireland: Voluntary National Review 2018 Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. p. 12.
Government of Ireland. Ireland: Voluntary National Review 2018 Report on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda to the UN High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development. p. 19.