Ireland is intending to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030. This is one of the 180 measures published in the Irish government’s Climate Action Plan.
Climate disruption is already having a wide-ranging impact on Ireland’s environment, economy, society and natural resources. The Climate Action Plan identifies the nature and scale of the challenge, setting out an ambitious course of action over the coming years to address the issue. The Plan outlines the current state of play across key sectors including transport, electricity, the built environment, industry and agriculture, and outlines a course towards ambitious decarbonisation targets.
The Climate Action Plan declares that Ireland is currently “way off course” to meet its climate targets. The Environmental Minister Richard Bruton highlighted that the nation was “currently 85% dependent on fossil fuels”, and greenhouse gas emissions have been “rising rapidly”, a trend that needs to be reversed.
As well as the ban on new fossil fuel cars by 2030, approximately 950,000 electric vehicles are planned to be driving on Irish roads. To support this, the government plans to invest in a nationwide electric vehicle charging network. Additionally, by 2025, new commercial buildings with more than 10 parking spaces will need have to have at least one electric vehicle charging station.
Measures to limit the use of old cars have also been included in the plan, and the government has stated that it would stop granting National Car Test (NCT) certificates to petrol and diesel cars by 2045. To promote the purchase of electric cars, the government will also consider introducing a scrappage scheme for petrol and diesel cars.
Some are alleging that the programme 'lacked detail and did not focus strongly enough on public transport'. The Green Party and Sinn Féin both called for increased investment in public transport infrastructure.
Article first published by electrive.com on 18th June 2019
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