“We will take fossil fuel-powered buses and cars off our streets” – Taoiseach reveals sweeping plans to decarbonize transportation


A series of measures to encourage people to use public transport and switch to energy efficient vehicles are at the heart of the government’s climate action plan

The document, which will be published soon, also commits to renovating 75,000 homes per year from 2026 and to introduce a deposit system for plastic bottles and aluminum cans next year.

However, one of the main thrusts of the plan is a series of commitments to introduce environmentally sustainable infrastructure and incentives to move Ireland away from petrol and diesel vehicles.

This will include a commitment to electrify bus lines in our major cities by 2035, while also introducing 2,000 additional street charging points for electric vehicles by 2030.

There are also plans for new subsidy programs to encourage private operators to use more sustainable vans, buses and trucks.

The plan also commits to investing significant funds in quality bus corridors and increasing train capacity.

Among the nearly 200 actions, there is a commitment to increase rural bus services across the country to encourage people living outside cities to abandon their cars in favor of public transport.

The Climate Action Plan also commits to investing 360 million euros in new walking and cycling routes to make walking and cycling safer and more convenient for commuters.

The plan commits to renovating 75,000 homes per year to an energy rating B2 between 2026 and 2030.

Incentives for organic farming will also be increased in order to appease the agricultural sector, whose emissions will have to be reduced by 22 to 30% in the years to come.

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Yesterday, Taoiseach Micheál Martin said that “every sector of our society” will have to contribute to reducing carbon emissions.

“But the parallel side of that is that it will create opportunities, it will create jobs, it will create a healthier world and a healthier country in Ireland,” said Mr Martin.

“We are going to transform, for example, active travel; we will remove fossil fuel buses and cars from our streets. One of the biggest polluters on our streets are cars and buses that run on fossil fuels.

“Just think what it would be like, in one of our towns or villages, if we could get down without this stuff coming out of the tailpipes,” he added.

The Taoiseach also warned of the need to reduce the use of plastic.

“I think Ireland and Europe have actually performed better on plastics over the past decade than other continents, but we need to do more in terms of the use of plastics,” Taoiseach said. , adding that other materials are being produced that can replace plastics.

He added, however, that plastic “always enters our food chain and our waterways, oceans, etc.”.

“What is happening to plastic in our oceans is shocking and it is dangerous and dangerous,” he said.

Mr. Martin will participate today in the COP26 climate action conference in Glasgow.

World leaders are coming together to address the current threat posed by climate change and are trying to reach an agreement to cap global warming at 1.5 ° C above pre-industrial levels.

Achieving the 1.5C target, agreed in Paris in 2015, will require political momentum and diplomatic commitment to achieve the ambitious goals.

The conference will also aim to secure more ambitious commitments to further reduce emissions, lock in billions of dollars in climate finance and finalize the rules for implementing the Paris Agreement with the unanimous consent of the nearly 200 countries that l ‘have signed.

At a summit in Rome yesterday, leaders of the group of 20 major economies agreed on a final declaration that calls for “meaningful and effective” action to limit global warming to 1.5 ° C but offers few concrete commitments.


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