Ireland faces an uphill battle to cut emissions in transport. To meet our climate goals we must address demand, including measures to make sustainable transport the default option. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) projections published last week should be a stark wake-up call. Even with half a million electric vehicles (EVs) by 2030, emissions in transport will barely reduce. Reaching the full target of nearly 1m EVs will reduce transport emissions by less than a quarter relative to 2018. That is only half of what is needed. Moreover, meeting this target could require a doubling of EV sales every year. This is not impossible, but would require sustained subsidies and a much faster rolling out of charging infrastructure. The same can be said across all sectors. The key measures in the 2019 climate action plan were about doing the same thing but with a low carbon technology switch. Meeting the targets for EVs, heat pumps, wind, and solar is extremely challenging, probably about the limit of what is achievable. While being essential to decarbonisation, at the same time, they are not enough. They will only take us half way to meeting our 2030 target.
Irish Examiner 27th June 2021 read more »