20 Jun 19

Ireland to ban petrol and diesel car sales from 2030 

In 2030, Ireland will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars. That’s the ambition stated in the 180-point Climate Action Plan, published by the government of Irish PM Leo Varadkar (pictured) earlier this week. 

The Plan also calls for the development of an electric-vehicle (EV) charging network, in order to boost the number of EVs on Irish roads – 950,000 by 2030, is the ambition. 

By that time, Ireland hopes to obtain 70% of its energy from renewable sources (it’s 30% today). Ultimately, the goal of the Plan is for Ireland to achieve carbon-neutrality (i.e. zero CO2 emissions) by 2050. 

The Plan, which also aims to tax non-recyclable plastic out of existence, has been called the most ambitious re-orientation of Irish environmental policy of the past decades. 

Authored by: Frank Jacobs