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Republic of Ireland to ban petrol & diesel cars by 2030

The Republic of Ireland has announced its new ‘Climate Action Plan’ under which it will ban the sale of all new petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030. The plan features 180 measures aimed at reducing the countries impact on the environment, including implementing an EU-wide ban on non-recyclable plastic by 2030.

Climate Action plan for petrol and diesel car ban

The Climate Action Plan has been introduced in response to the Republic of Ireland being deemed as falling behind on its emissions targets with Environment Minister Richard Bruton saying that the country is currently 85% dependent on fossil fuels. Bruton has also claimed that at a time when the state should be reducing its carbon footprint, Ireland’s greenhouse gas emissions have instead been rapidly rising.

Ireland hopes that in 11 years’ time there will be around one million electric vehicles on its roads with an accompanying charging infrastructure to facilitate this. If the Climate Action Plan is successful it will put the country on target to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.