ESB Chief Executive: EVs and heat pumps will be ‘key’ to decarbonising Ireland
In a recent address at the Energy Ireland conference in Croke Park, ESB Chief Executive Pat O’Doherty projected that the “key” to decarbonising Ireland in the coming decades will be a widespread adoption of electric vehicles (EVs), as well as an increasing use of heat pumps in place of domestic heating systems which depend on fossil fuels.
According to O’Doherty, a wider adoption of EVs and heat pumps has the ability to offer instantaneous and long-term carbon savings.
O’Doherty highlighted the fact that the energy sector in Ireland has been facing big challenges in carrying out its expected responsibility in terms of promoting adoption of renewable energy and reduced carbon emissions. He also said that the country “must reduce emissions from transport, heating and electricity generation.”
O’Doherty further added that it is pertinent for Ireland to ensure that emissions from transport, heating and electricity generation are cut down “from 37 megatonnes of carbon in 2016 to just over six megatonnes in 2050.”
With regard to Ireland’s ‘reduced emissions’ targets linked to increased use of EVs and heat pumps in the coming years, O’Doherty said: “We envisage that 30 per cent of households will have a heat pump by 2030 and 60 per cent of new car sales will be EVs.”
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