In May 2017, the Government approved and published the National Policy Framework on Alternative Fuels Infrastructure for Transport in Ireland 2017 to 2030. This policy framework sets an ambitious target that by 2030 all new cars and vans sold in Ireland will be zero emissions (or zero emissions capable).
Electric vehicles (EVs) offer an increasingly realistic solution to the challenge of reducing the transport sector’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions, increasing the use of renewable energy in transport and reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels.
Low Emissions Vehicles Taskforce
In December 2016, our Department and the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, with the support of the Department of the Taoiseach, convened an interdepartmental Low Emissions Vehicle (LEV) Task Force to consider the range of measures and options available to Government for the purpose of accelerating the deployment of low carbon vehicles in the transport sector.
The role of the Task Force is to examine and make recommendations on a range of potential stimuli, such as grants, tax incentives, tolls and parking. Other issues such as infrastructure, legislation and public leadership are also part of the work programme. The first phase of the Taskforce is focusing solely on EVs and the second phase will focus on all other alternative fuels.