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A new bill submitted to Ireland’s parliament could see the sale of fossil-fuel-powered (petrol and diesel) vehicles banned from 2030.

The Climate Action Amendment Bill 2019 is aimed at drastically reducing greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring Ireland meets its future climate goals.

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According to the bill, the sale and registration of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned from 2030, with National Car Tests outlawed from 2045. The bill will also make the adoption of carbon budgets legally binding, with a 2050 emissions reduction target in place.

The new law will see the Irish government introduce three five-year periods for the carbon budgets, starting with 2021 to 2025, up until 2035, with sector-specific targets set.

Richard Bruton, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment said: “We must act now and leave a better, healthier, more sustainable Ireland for future generations. Accountability is the key to making progress. We have a very short time to act. We must put in place a strong framework to ensure every sector, every policy, every decision delivers on the transformation that is required.

“Today represents a hugely important step in putting in place the necessary arrangements to achieve this objective.”

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