Dublin proposes rapid phase-out of fossil fuel driven cars

The sale of petrol and diesel cars could be banned in Ireland from 2030 under draft proposals for a new climate law unveiled this week designed to “radically reduce our emissions in every sector”.

The legislation is intended to realise the country's emissions reduction strategy, published in August, which stresses Ireland's support for an EU goal of achieving net-zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2050 and sets concrete national targets for 2030 in line with this ambition.

“Governance and accountability are at the heart of the climate action plan. We are putting in place the legislative underpinning to ensure the radical step up required is delivered,” said environment minister Richard Bruton on Monday.

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