• Follow us

Inventions

3 things we can expect from Irish Government’s Climate Action Plan

Ahead of the imminent launch of the Government’s Climate Action Plan, leaked details reveal moves that could drastically alter our transport sector.

Later this afternoon (17 June), the Government will reveal its new Climate Action Plan based on the recommendations made by March’s Joint Oireachtas Committee on how to reverse Ireland’s position as a climate ‘laggard’.

Already, many of the major changes set to come to Irish society if it becomes law have been revealed. Here are some of the biggest talking points from what we know.

Transport

Regularly pointed out as one of Ireland’s biggest polluters, the transport sector could be turned on its head in the years to come. One proposal is to give local authorities across the country the ability to ban petrol and diesel cars from town centres, instead of having a ‘congestion charge’ system similar to London.

Also, all new petrol and diesel cars would be banned from sale as of 2030. By placing an additional ban on NCTs being issued to these cars by 2045, the Government would effectively be taking all fossil fuel-powered cars off the road.

With this, it is expected Irish drivers will see the growth of electric vehicle (EV) sales exponentially from the current low numbers today. This will require a major infrastructure project to build enough EV chargers for the State.

As part of this, local authorities will have to provide 200 public charging points each year, leading to an EV charging network for 800,000 vehicles by 2030. For public transport, the Government wants to make all new public buses EVs as well as assess whether a car-sharing programme could be rolled out nationally.

Carbon taxes and homes

After Budget 2019, the Government was strongly criticised for its hesitancy to raise the carbon tax. Under the new plan, it will rise from €20 per tonne of CO2 emissions to €80 by 2030.

For homeowners, taxes on the price of fuel will also increase, with a bale of briquettes to rise by €1.60 by 2030 while a 40kg bag of coal would increase by €7. In new dwellings, the sale of oil boilers will be banned from 2022 and gas boilers from 2025. Future legislation could allow for assistance in removing boilers from homes after 2026.

Every home in the country will need to obtain a Building Energy Rating Certificate (BER) by a date yet to be agreed, and national retrofitting of houses to meet efficiency standards could see increases in local property tax or payments made through electricity bills.

Both businesses and homeowners could also see their electricity tax rates equalised to €1 per megawatt hour, which the report says is still significantly lower than the EU average.

Microgeneration and pensions

The Government wants to enact measures that would encourage homes and industries to work in on-site microgeneration of electricity. By 2021, it wants to give those generating electricity the ability to sell any excess to the wider national grid.

Greater scrutiny will also be seen regarding pensions, with holders being required to disclose what – if any – portion consists of fossil fuel assets. This would also include the option for pension holders to choose a fund that contains no fossil fuel assets.

While a radical change, these measures might still not be enough for Ireland to meet its emissions reduction target for 2030 as set by the EU. Earlier this month, the Environmental Protection Agency said that even the most drastic changes revealed as part of the National Development Plan and Climate Action Plan would still see us far overshoot our target.

Read More



Leave A Comment

More News

IdeaConnection :: Inventions

A Simpler Way to Stack Solar Cells 2019-07-02 07:00:00A new method of building multi-junction solar cells saves money by using off-the-shelf components.

Biotronik Biomonitor III Injectable Heart Monitor 2019-07-02 01:00:00The tiny Biotronik Biomonitor III can be injected under the skin to monitor the patient’s heart signals for weeks at a time.

3D-Printing Wood with Wood-Ink 2019-07-01 13:00:00A new 3D-printing process that uses a wood-based ink could open the door to bespoke wood-based products that mimic the natural structure of wood.

Canon Aplio Ultrasounds Offer Affordable Quality 2019-07-01 07:00:00The new Aplio a-series ultrasounds from Canon offer advanced imaging at a more affordable price.

Wristband Helps You Track Your Feelings 2019-07-01 01:00:00A smart wrist band able to detect emotion changes in real time could help people suffering from affective disorders better monitor their emotional sta

AI-Enhanced Thermal Cameras Reduce Whale Collisions 2019-06-30 13:00:00Infrared cameras installed on ships could help prevent disastrous whale collisions.

Xmera Bionic Bike Monitors Heart Rate for Better 2019-06-30 07:00:00The Xmera Bionic Bike invention monitors the rider’s heartbeat to provide just the right amount of resistance.

Robotic Arm Tastes Through Bacteria 2019-06-30 01:00:00An innovative biohybrid robotic arm ‘tastes’ its environment with the help of engineered bacteria.

3D-Printed Prostheic is a Quick Learner 2019-06-29 19:00:00A new 3D-printed prosthetic hand learns the wearer’s movement patterns to provide a more user-friendly experience.

Targeted Cancer Therapy Keeps Medicine in Place 2019-06-29 13:00:00A Velcro-type protein that anchors a cancer-killing drug inside the tumor could open the door to safer and more effective cancer treatments.

Eyer Takes Eye Exams with a Smartphone 2019-06-29 01:00:00The smartphone-connected Eyer from Phelcom Technologies can be used in rural clinics to gather a retinal scan for remote diagnosis.

Apple Watch Patent Puts the Camera in the 2019-06-28 19:00:00A new Apple Watch patent would see the camera built into the strap for extra control during picture-taking.

Silicon Republic -

NUI Galway awarded €3.9m from EU to develop 2019-07-02 06:30:57In Ireland, there are approximately 8,000 individuals living with multiple sclerosis. The post NUI Galway awarded €3.9m from EU to develop multip

Jumping spider discovered with ‘resemblance’ to fashion icon 2019-07-02 05:10:09A curious spider with a crop of white hair, similar to the late fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld, has been discovered by scientists. The post Jumping

Government launches new regional technology fund 2019-07-02 04:51:49A new Enterprise Ireland fund will comprise two streams relating to new and existing enterprise clustering, with the closing date for applications on

Social media can threaten medical experiments 2019-06-27 05:00:06Drug trials are increasingly being compromised because of participants chatting on social media, write Niccolò Tempini and David Teira. The pos

5 women awarded £25,000 Women in Technology scholarships 2019-06-26 05:58:02Two Irish women were among those selected for Sky’s latest scholarship programme for women in technology. The post 5 women awarded £25,000

‘The need to prepare for a radically different 2019-06-26 05:00:44Elizabeth Bush, a senior climate adviser to Environment and Climate Change Canada, is helping to frame the country’s climate policies. The post

Vegetables could be transmitting antibiotic-resistant bacteria to humans 2019-06-25 10:04:41It is estimated that of the 2m antibiotic-resistant infections reported each year in the US, 20pc are linked to agriculture. The post Vegetables could

You can’t spell ‘LGBTQ ally’ with a silent 2019-06-24 06:00:48This Pride month we must remember that the ‘T’ is not silent in LGBTQ, and we must listen to what the trans community has to say about the

What is the summer solstice? An astronomer explains 2019-06-21 02:11:34Prof Stephen Schneider from University of Massachusetts Amherst explains the celestial movements that make this day special. The post What is the summ

Oxford University receives £150m donation for AI research 2019-06-19 06:35:02A US billionaire has made a significant contribution to Oxford University. The post Oxford University receives £150m donation for AI research ap

Major Sligo Megalithic discovery unlike anything else found 2019-06-17 07:01:00Archaeologists from IT Sligo have unearthed the ancient remains of site that seems to be totally unique on the island of Ireland. The post Major Slig

This ‘rockstar’ aims to save humankind from an 2019-06-17 06:50:24Can we predict when the next asteroid will hit? TechWatch’s Emily McDaid spoke to QUB’s Prof Alan Fitzsimmons to get some answers. The pos


Disclaimer and Notice:WorldProNews.com is not responsible of these news or any information published on this website.