Taoiseach Micheál Martin has said the Government’s €125 billion Climate Action Plan will require people to agree to a “profound change” in lifestyle over the coming decade.
He said homes, workplaces and communities must all change and adapt.
Martin said that if the plan is successful, it will benefit this generation and future generations of Irish people.
“In terms of our public health and our overall quality of life, the plan has the potential to be transformational,” the Taoiseach said.
“For some it will be difficult, but the simple truth is if we delay any further we will face greater costs and be able to seize fewer opportunities.”
Tánaiste Leo Varadkar said Ireland was a small country, but per capita is one of the highest emitters in the world.
“It is not about coercing people. It’s about convincing people. It’s about bringing them along and getting them on board,” Varadkar said.
“Nobody’s going to be forced to buy electric vehicles (EVs) but when the time does come to change you car, we want to make sure that the balances of incentives and disincentives is right so that you make the decision to go electric.”
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