Sunday November 1, 2020

Analysis: ‘Green recovery’ rhetoric is backed by substance for a change

Progress has been made in Budget 2021 but much work remains to be done to make Ireland’s economy less harmful to the environment

Aiden Corkery

Political Correspondent

@aiden_corkery
14th October, 2020
The incentivising of cleaner cars should result in a notable improvement in air quality on our streets. Picture: Rollingnews.ie

It’s something become a mantra now for even mainstream politicians to talk about ensuring a “green recovery”.

For once there was some substance to back up the rhetoric, with yesterday‘s Budget outlining significant shifts in the state’s environmental policy.

Chief among these were a long-overdue reworking of the vehicle registration tax (VRT) system to penalise the most polluting vehicles, a ramping up of retrofitting, an additional €1...

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