With its greenhouse gas emissions rising, the Irish government believes it is "way off course" from meeting its obligations under the Paris climate change accord.
In order to combat this, it published a new Climate Action Plan at the beginning of the week. The 150-page report covers everything from waste management and agriculture to transport and energy generation.
For the transportation sector, the Irish government says it has already decided "no new non-zero emissions vehicles will be sold in Ireland post-2030".
It also plans to stop issuing NCT roadworthiness certificates to existing petrol and diesel vehicles after 2045.
With a mix of incentives, regulations and tax changes, the country hopes by 2030 to have 936,000 zero emissions vehicles on the road, including 840,000 passenger cars, 95,000 vans and trucks, and 1200 buses.
Currently the country has around 10,000 electric cars on its roads.
The government states incentives, reworked motor taxes, improving battery technology, and rising carbon prices are already driving up demand for plug-in hybrid and pure electric vehicles. It expects to see a rapid increase in their popularity from 2024.
In addition to this, the government will install 90 fast charging stations "at key locations on the national road network", and mandate a minimum ratio of charging points for all new non-residential buildings with over 10 parking spaces, and all existing non-residential buildings with over 20 spaces.
Other initiatives in the Climate Action Plan include a ban on non-recyclable plastics, fees on difficult to recycle materials, and increasing the country's renewable energy supply ratio from 30 to 70 per cent by 2030.
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