Ireland Will Ban New Diesel And Petrol Cars By 2030
Ireland is embarking on plans to ban the sale of diesel vehicles and new petrol by 2030. This is part of a major strategy by the Irish government to protect the environment. They plan to ensure that all the new cars and vans in Ireland are electric vehicles.
The Irish government published 180 measures in its Climate Action Plan. This document also contains a target to implement a European Union ban on non-recyclable plastic in the next 11 years.
The Irish Environment Minister, Richard Bruton, said they were 85% currently dependent on fossil fuels. He explained that it was a trend that needed to be reversed to reduce the carbon footprint.
Zero carbon emissions
According to Bruton, the plan was to be able to achieve zero carbon emissions by 2050. They look towards the implementation of the ban on diesel cars in Ireland by 2030. At this point, they hope there will be about 950,000 electric cars on their roads.
Ireland plans to invest in a nationwide charging network to power the new vehicles. They project that by 2025 new non-residential buildings will have more than one recharging point and over 10 parking spaces.
The government in the country also says it will stop granting National Car Test (NCT) certificates to fossil cars by 2045. This is an inspection they carry out every year on cars older than 10 years in the country.
Bruton said they will set the climate targets for every relevant government and public body sectors. This will involve transport, agriculture, housing and the public sector. The ministers of these industries will also have the responsibility of achieving the set targets.
The country also intends to ban non-recyclable plastic and impose higher fees on production of hard to recycle materials. Furthermore, they asked government departments to stop buying single-use plastic cups, straws and cutlery.