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.