Leo Varadkar, the Irish Prime Minister announced profound changes to fossil fuels.
Levies on fossil fuels including petrol, diesel, home heating oil and briquettes will ramp-up over the coming years as part of “profound changes” in how we live our lives, he said.
The Taoiseach also told a Project Ireland 2040 event on climate change, held at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin, that coal would not be used to generate electricity from 2025, and that peat would be eliminated.
Both coal and peat are among the most polluting fossil fuels, and the Government will also impose a national ban on smoky coal by the end of this year.
The Environmental Protection Agency says we will not meet legally-binding targets on climate change, leaving the State open to hefty fines which could run into hundreds of millions of euro.
Instead of reducing emissions by 20pc over 2005 levels, the EPA says they are expected to fall by just 1pc.
The event at Smock Alley Theatre in Dublin was attended by Climate Action Minister Denis Naughten, Agriculture Minister Michael Creed, Finance Minister Paschal Donohoe and the taoiseach.
See Paul Melia’s full story in the Independent today 20th June 2018 available in all good newsagents and online.