The Irish government follows the recent announcement of other governments by setting a deadline for tailpipe-cars sales to end in 2030. Ireland’s Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment Denis Naughten announced the intention at the European Council meeting of last week.
The Minister stressed that the bold plan will not work by itself. To ban cars with a tailpipe from roads, alternatives of more no emission cars need to be available at a large scale. This calls the European automotive industry to increase its effort in the production of zero emission vehicles. Mr Naughten stressed that “they really need to drive ambition in this area so that we can reduce overall carbon emissions within the transport sector that make up one quarter of all carbon emissions within the EU”.
Irelands has plans in place to safeguard a successful shift of fleets to zero-emission vehicles. This includes public transport: alternative fuel options are screened to convert the fleets of Dublin Bus, Bus Éireann and school buses to green energy fleets.
Quick action is required; Ireland faces the threat to fail its renewable-energy targets by 2020 connected to yearly penalty payments of €75 M. Many experts and politicians are sceptical concerning compliance.
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Story first published by “thejournal.ie” on 30 June 2018.