Saturday 19 October 2019

Grants for eco-friendly cars in climate plans

More than 100 electric vehicles will be available for hire in Dublin and Cork. Stock photo: Getty
More than 100 electric vehicles will be available for hire in Dublin and Cork. Stock photo: Getty
Kevin Doyle

Kevin Doyle

More grants for driving environmentally friendly cars, improving home insulation and running carbon-efficient farms are among proposals being tabled as part of the Irish bid to fight climate change.

The Cabinet will today hold a special meeting and Climate Change Minister Denis Naughten will brief colleagues on a new National Mitigation Plan.

Among the ideas to be put forward by the minister is a new electric car-sharing scheme modelled on Dublin Bikes.

More than 100 electric vehicles will be available for hire in Dublin and Cork.

The mitigation plan, seen by the Irish Independent, highlights the massive challenge facing the agricultural sector.

It also warns that there would have to be a further examination of the impact of a carbon tax on people's behaviour.

Action points in the plan also commit the Government to:

  • Electrify the Northern Dart line to extend the service to Balbriggan.
  • Maintain a grant scheme for electric vehicles, with support levels to be reviewed annually.
  • Consider the introduction of a grant scheme to encourage eco-driving for HGVs and buses.
  • Develop proposals to establish regional climate action offices to co-ordinate local authority response to climate action.

In a foreword for the plan, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar says: "Climate change is one of the biggest global challenges of this century."

Irish Independent

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