Categories of Information

The Directive covers information held in written, visual, oral, electronic or any other material form. 

There are 6 categories of information within this Directive.

  1. The state of the elements of the environment e.g. air, water, soil, land, landscape, biological diversity.
  2. Factors affecting, or likely to affect, the elements of the environment e.g. energy, noise, radiation, waste and other releases into the environment.
  3. Measures such as policies, legislation, plans, programmes, environmental agreements and activities affecting or likely to affect the elements and factors referred to above in 1 and 2.
  4. Reports on the implementation of environmental legislation.
  5. Analyses and assumptions used within the framework of measures designed to protect elements of the environment.
  6. The state of human health and safety, the food chain, cultural sites and built structures in as much as they are or may be affected by the elements of the environment referred to in 1, 2 and 3 above.


Please note:

Article 4(1) provides that the A.I.E. Regulation do not apply to environmental information that is required to be made available under any other statutory provision, for inspection or otherwise, to the public.


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