The government needs to ensure the rise in carbon tax does not hit poor people and cause the charge to be rejected, an environmental advocate has said. Oisín Coghlan, director of Friends of the Earth Ireland, said that many measures announced by the government yesterday were positive and should help combat climate change if fully implemented. The government yesterday said it would commit €286.5 million to retrofit properties, mostly social housing, to make them more energy efficient. The bands for Vehicle Registration Tax (VRT) were also changed so that vehicles with more emissions would pay higher charges. The central measure announced by Paschal Donohoe, the finance minister, was an increase in carbon tax, which will rise to €7.50 per tonne of CO2 emitted.
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