Free public transport should be considered to encourage people to leave their cars at home and reduce emissions, a report has recommended. In 2017 Ireland had the third-highest level of emissions of greenhouse gases per capita in the EU — 51 per cent higher than the bloc’s average. The transport sector is responsible for about 20 per cent of Ireland’s overall CO2 emissions, with private cars the largest contributors. The report by the joint committee on environment and climate action said that Eamon Ryan, the transport minister, should consider the benefits and feasibility of free public transport. Brian Leddin, a Green Party TD and chairman of the committee, said the report shows how the state could achieve a 51 per cent reduction in transport emissions by 2030.
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