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Lynn Boylan MEP condemns car industry for failing to adjust after Dieselgate

26 July, 2018 - by Senator Lynn Boylan

Sinn Féin MEP Lynn Boylan has slammed the car industry for failing to change their ways following the Dieselgate scandal and today’s news from the European Commission that carmakers are using tricks to reduce the impact of emission rules that will come into force in 2020. They have been  found to be manipulating tests to make current emission levels look worse than they are.

 Speaking from Dublin, Ms. Boylan said:

“It is clear that the only way to genuinely get the car industry to reduce emissions is to promote electric vehicles. 

"In Ireland, there were only 3,800 electric vehicles (EVs) on Irish roads by the end of 2017 less than 1 per cent of the vehicle fleet in Ireland. The Government must provide better electric infrastructure in order to facilitate this process. 

"Transport accounts for one third of Ireland’s energy requirement and energy related CO2 emissions.

“Ultimately the best way to reduce emissions is to support a good publicly owned energy efficient and fully integrated transport system that serves the entire island and reduces car dependency.  

"That said we will never eliminate the need for car ownership so the Government needs to make sure that the national grid is ready to be able to take thousands more Electric Vehicles. 

"We also need swift action on boosting Ireland's renewable energy infrastructure and realistic plans on how to meet renewable energy targets."

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