Climate & Environment

Brian Caulfield: We can’t drive our way out of transport emissions problem

The aim to sell 1m electric cars in Ireland by 2030 in a bid to be more environmentally friendly has been repeatedly criticised as unrealistic

A traffic jam on the Naas Road in Dublin. Picture:

It takes all the headlines when anyone discusses reducing transport emissions, it has been passed between governments, it makes us feel we are doing something about transport emissions – sell 1 million electric cars by 2030. The plan launched yesterday had many welcomed policies such as more shared mobility support and changes to parking policy.

Does the electric car target make sense? Look at the numbers. In 2019, it was shown that 74 per cent ...