Description:The planned Climate Action and Low Carbon Development Bill sets proposed statutory obligations in relation to the development of a National Low Carbon Development Roadmap. The National Roadmap will incorporate four sectoral roadmaps on agriculture, built environment, electricity generation and transport. The relevant departments have been tasked with developing cost-effective, quantifiable measures reflecting the needs of the respective sectors.
Implication(s):The paper acknowledges the considerable focus required given that 27% of non-ETS emissions were derived from transport in 2012. Some of the challenges faced by Ireland in reducing GHG emissions within the transport sector include the lack of finance for major infrastructure reform, the slow development of an alternative fuels infrastructure necessary for market penetration and the scale of mitigation and adaptation measures.
Current Position:Ibec's Climate Change Working Group will focus on policy considerations on the section entitled "Engines and Fuels (Efficiencies and Alternatives)". This section notes some of the policy measures introduced to support alternative fuel options – they include increased incentivisation of the purchase of lower emissions vehicles, an additional biofuel obligation and increased carbon taxation.
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