In 2019, the Irish Government stated its objective to ban the sale of new diesel and petrol cars by 2030, they also want to have one million electric cars on Irish roads by the same date.
As it stands, there is widespread concern regarding this proposal as it is unachievable and not in line with EU law.
At present, cars in Ireland are estimated to emit between 10-12% of greenhouse gases. The EU has already set out plans to reduce these to zero by 2040 across Europe. And, for manufactures to be carbon neutral by 2050. Any manufactures who fail to meet these targets will be heavily fined. So, car manufactures are already aligned and determined to reach their 2040 targets. But other legislation can be counterproductive to achieving this.
Because motorists are now unsure about what they should do. This means they’re holding on to older combustible cars which give off more emissions. And they’re hesitant about buying newer combustible models which are actually part of the solution – as they significantly reduce emissions.
That’s why we’re calling for a credible national strategy that will allow motorists to make smarter decisions, based on more realistic timelines.
We think it’s clear neither the timeline, the legislation or the economics make sense for the Irish Government to pursue their 2030 plan. That’s why we believe a 2040 strategy is a more pragmatic and affordable solution.
Motor dealers across Ireland have welcomed the omission of the proposed ban on the sale of new petrol & diesel cars. 07th October 2020