The Irish Academy of Engineering has issued its latest Energy Policy Advisory to Government. It contains 15 recommendations which, it estimates, could reduce both 2020 transport energy usage and greenhouse gas emissions by over 15% below current predictions – and at relatively modest overall cost to the Exchequer.
The challenge, according to the Academy, is to work towards Ireland’s ‘20-20-20’ climate-change commitments in the context of economic recovery and to enhance personal convenience, mobility and safety – while simultaneously reducing the costs of goods transport for business. According to the Academy, the results of this review were “pleasantly surprising”.
The main findings are contained in the Policy Advisory, entitled Towards Low-Carbon Transport in Ireland, which concludes that opportunities exist to exploit the following potentials: