The Department of Climate Action has acquired four diesel vehicles over the past 18 months but still does not own an electric or hybrid vehicle. The department oversaw the government’s climate action plan, published last month, which aims to ban the sale of new fossil-fuel vehicles and have a million electric vehicles on the roads by 2030. A document released to The Times following a freedom of information request shows that the department owns 60 diesel vehicles, all assigned to the government’s earth science agency.
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The backdrop to this year’s local elections was not auspicious for Pippa Hackett, a Green party activist who lives in Ireland’s rural Midlands. For as long as anyone around here can remember, harvesting peat to burn for electricity was the backbone of the local economy. Now growing environmental concerns have led to the practice being wound down. Stripping peat from the ground not only reduces a vital carbon store. When it burns, the smoke from the dense brown organic matter does more harm to the air than coal. Climatologists say the move to stop extracting the fuel from the ground is long overdue, but in a region that lacks other major industries, that has significant economic implications. Campaigning on environmental grounds in a place threatened with big job cuts, Hackett faced a major challenge. The area is dominated by larger, more established parties. Some locals claimed she hadn’t a hope of becoming a local councillor, dismissing her as a “brave woman” for even trying. Yet after a nerve-racking count, she defied the odds to take the sixth and final seat for her area in Offaly county council, the first time the Greens had won a seat in the county.
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