This week, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) launched its environmental performance review for Ireland. Unsurprisingly, agriculture and its contribution to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, impact on water quality and biodiversity was identified. But unlike in the national debate – which has focused almost solely on agriculture as the root cause of the country’s environmental challenges – the OECD report has a much wider lens.
The lack of progress in dealing with GHG emissions in other sectors is called out, identifying that in 2019, electric and plug-in hybrid cars accounted for less than 1% of the total stock of passenger cars in Ireland. It is a far cry from the Government’s target to achieve one million EV cars by 2030 – equivalent to 35% of all passenger cars.