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Plan for one million electric cars by 2030 ‘neither achievable nor desirable’ – Green TD

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Transport is Ireland’s second biggest source of greenhouse gas after agriculture. Photo: Dmitro Panchenko

Transport is Ireland’s second biggest source of greenhouse gas after agriculture. Photo: Dmitro Panchenko

Transport is Ireland’s second biggest source of greenhouse gas after agriculture. Photo: Dmitro Panchenko

Aiming to have one million electric vehicles on the road by 2030 is “neither achievable nor desirable”, a prominent Green Party TD has said.

Brian Leddin, who chairs the Oireachtas Environment and Climate Action Committee, said the target could be reached only if every new car bought in the next 10 years was electric.

“It’s a very crude way of reducing emissions,” he said.

Transport is Ireland’s second-biggest source of greenhouse gas after agriculture, responsible for 20pc of annual emissions.

The climate action plan, published in 2019 but due to be replaced in the coming months, relies on the switch to one million EVs by 2030 to deal with the sector’s emissions. “It’s neither achievable nor desirable considering we sell about 100,000-120,000 new vehicles every year, so every vehicle sold between now and 2030 would have to be an electric vehicle,” Mr Leddin said.

“I don’t see how we can reach that target without throwing huge subsidies at the purchase of electric vehicles. 

“But also it’s not desirable because electric vehicles are still vehicles. They still give us a lot of problems.”

He said a complete switch to electric would not solve congestion, make urban areas more liveable, or stop emissions of particulate matter.

EVs still cause air pollution by throwing up road dust and tiny particles of materials from wear and tear on tyres, brakes and other car parts.

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Mr Leddin was speaking at a Budgetary Oversight Committee meeting where representatives of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development discussed a review it carried out of Ireland’s climate action policies.


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