The Irish government plans to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030, as part of a major strategy to protect the environment. The aim is to ensure that all new cars and vans on Irish roads in 11 years’ time are electric vehicles. The proposed legislation was among 180 measures in the government’s Climate Action Plan, published on Monday. The document also includes a target to implement an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2030. The Climate Action Plan states that the Republic of Ireland is “way off course” in its attempts to achieve its emissions targets. Unveiling the plan on Monday, the Environment Minister Richard Bruton said Ireland was “currently 85% dependent on fossil fuels”. He said that at a time when the state’s carbon footprint should be reducing, Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions “have been rising rapidly” and that trend had to be reversed. Up to 500,000 homes are to be included in a “retrofit plan” to make them more energy efficient.
BBC 17th June 2019 read more »
Ireland has unveiled an ambitious plan to tackle the climate emergency by weaning the state, businesses, farms and households off fossil fuels. The government published a long-awaited report on Monday outlining more than 180 measures to curb the country’s greenhouse gas emissions and set a path for net-zero carbon emissions by 2050. It envisages a rise in carbon taxes, a multibillion-euro scheme to retro-fit houses, almost a million electric vehicles and a number of other measures to change behaviour by institutions, companies and individuals. Goals include: Boost the use of renewable sources for power generation from 30% to 70% of electricity. New onshore and offshore wind turbines are expected to replace peat- and coal-powered power stations. Pave the way for 950,000 electric vehicles by expanding charging networks and banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2030. Retrofit 500,000 homes and 400,000 heat pumps to make buildings more energy-efficient, offering householders “easy payback methods”. Oil and gas boilers will be prohibited in new homes by 2025. Eliminate non-recyclable plastic and ban single-use plastic plates, cutlery, straws, balloon sticks and cotton buds. The central strategy involves increasing carbon taxes from €20 to €80 per tonne by 2030 – a politically fraught exercise that will require cushioning poor people and rural dwellers from higher fuel and heating prices.
Guardian 17th June 2019 read more »
Green Party responses to media on the All of Government Climate Action Plan.
Green Party of Ireland 17th June 2019 read more »