Every citizen and business in Ireland will have to play their part if the country is to hit its climate targets, Leo Varadkar has said. The taoiseach said emissions had fallen but acknowledged that the government was a long way from meeting its targets. “Our greenhouse gas emissions are down two years in a row, but they need to be falling by 2 per cent or 3 per cent a year and we’re nowhere near that, actually the gap is widening as a result of that, so what we need to do is implement the action plan that we’ve produced,” he said. He was speaking in Dublin as the first progress report on the climate action plan was published. The plan was launched in June with the aim of reducing net emissions to zero by 2050. It includes a target of having almost one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030, when the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would be banned.
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