We have a growing population. The choices we all make impact on emission levels across a range of sectors, e.g. agriculture, industry, transport, technology.
In 2018, 20% of Irish emissions came from domestic transport, 13% of which was from passenger cars. This figure is significant but is far less than the contribution of both the agriculture and energy industries.
What’s more, the motor industry is already taking steps to reduce its carbon footprint and is on the road towards a zero-emissions future.
The motor industry is already moving towards zero emissions. Greener, more eco-friendly cars are produced year after year.
As EU members, we have worked to improve air quality and reduce emissions for decades. But real progress has been made in the last 20 years.
The Irish government launched their own Climate Action Plan in late 2019. The proposed ban on new ICE cars and a target of one million electric vehicles on Irish roads by 2030 is a big risk.
The plan is not aligned to the agreed European approach. It is unrealistic and counterproductive. Mixed messaging around the ban means consumers are confused. They risk making choices that will, in fact, keep carbon emissions high.
The 2030 ban will force car owners to hold on to their old cars. This will reduce sales of cleaner new cars, whether diesel, petrol, hybrid or electric.
Driven by the Paris Agreement, cars have never been cleaner or more efficient. We are well on the road to zero emissions by 2040. A new diesel, petrol or hybrid car will help lower your carbon footprint as we drive down that road.
E-Way 2040 is the pragmatic plan Ireland needs to ensure the switch to zero emissions is done in a practical and affordable way.
The ban was proposed based on flawed and incomplete data and would also have been illegal under EU law. 08th October 2020
The ICCRA is calling on the Green Party & the Govt. to respond to compelling evidence that Ireland will miss its emission targets for cars
Denis Murphy ICCRA in conversation with Fran Curry on Tipp Today regarding the upcoming budget VRT & the effects on the car market.
The ICCRA is calling on the Minister for Finance, Paschal Donohoe TD to make new cars affordable. September 17th, 2020