Climate Change

  • An extra 1,000 charging points for electric cars are to be rolled out across the country over the next 5 years, as part of the Government's Climate Action Plan.

    The Department of Communications, Environment & Climate Action will provide funding to local authorities to install a number of charge points in each county, to meet the current and future demand for electric cars.

    That's according to Minister of State Séan Canney.

    He says there's been a significant growth in the number of fully-electric and plug-in hybrids on Ireland's roads, and people need to know that they will be able to recharge their vehicles quickly and efficiently - particularly for longer journeys in rural Ireland.

    The new scheme will complement the introduction of charge points that are part of the ESB eCars project, which has received €10 million in Government funding.

  • Green Party leader, Eamon Ryan, says his comments about car-sharing in rural Ireland have been misrepresented.

     

    In a TV show appearance, he said he was in favour of small towns or villages pooling their transport needs.

     

    However, critics say rural communities rely on their cars because they have no alternative options.

     

    Eamon Ryan says he was merely highlighting the options for a town or village with about 400 or 500 cars.

  • Any environmental changes which will be required in the agricultural sector will cost money – and the bulk of the adjustments will have to be made by the dairy sector, according to director of Teagasc Professor Gerry Boyle.

    Professor Boyle was speaking after Teagasc’s report yesterday which found that dairy farms produce three times more greenhouse gas emissions than beef enterprises.

    The Irish Natura and Hill Farmers Association has been reacting to the report and Professor Boyle’s comments.

    Gerry Loftus, who is also a member of the association’s committee on forestry and climate change, says that not all farmers are equal and it would not fair to penalise all farmers in the same manner when it comes to combating climate change.

    He said they are happy to see that Teagasc has recognised this in this report and that rural Ireland is at a disadvantage when it comes to agriculture and profit margins in farming.

    It is believed the Oireachtas Joint Committee on Climate Change’s report of recommendations, due to be published tomorrow will recommend a “fundamental redirection of Irish agriculture” away from a reliance on dairy and beef and move towards horticulture.

  • The Joint Committee on Climate Action has published its cross-party report.

    It reached agreement last night on a number of key climate issues and has recommended a series of carbon tax rises up to 2030.

    Other recommendations focus heavily on transport with emphasis on electrifiying, improving and extending public transport as well as making it cheaper to use.

    While the Irish Farmers Association initially had reservations, the organisation's president, Joe Healy, says it's fair to farmers

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    A focus on electric cars and home retrofits, and the elimination of non-recyclable plastics are among the key elements of the Government's plan for dealing with climate change, which was published this afternoon.

    Minister Richard Bruton's new plan will impact on everyone in some way  -with increasing carbon taxes meaning more expensive coal, briquettes and fuel, and the phasing out of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in favour of electric cars, as well as new taxes on single use plastics.

    The Taoiseach says he hopes the government's new Climate Plan will encourage people to change their behaviour.

    It will see the country move away from fossil fuels, a rise in carbon taxes and clear targets for every government department.