Media Partnership – Options for a sustainable Irish transport system: how to achieve carbon neutrality?

In Ireland, the transport sector accounts for over 40% of CO2 emissions. The Irish Government has set an emissions reduction target of 51% by 2030. This target will be considerably challenging for the Irish transport sector. The Irish Government is strongly focused on the electrification of transport as a decarbonisation solution. In addition to electrified solutions, significant volumes of sustainable Bioenergy and Biofuels including ethanol, will be needed to achieve the ambitious 2030 decarbonisation targets.

According to the International Energy Agency (IEA), of all European direct CO2 emissions from fuel combustion, transportation accounts for 24%. Road vehicles are the source of nearly three-quarters of the carbon footprint of the transport sector, highlighting the need for greater focus on these hard-to-abate subsectors too.

Therefore, decarbonising the transport sector is a key element if we are to achieve the Paris Agreement goal of limiting global warming to 1.5 °C.

Brazil is the second largest producer of biofuels in the world and has the largest fleet of “flex fuel” vehicles. For over 50 years now, cars in Brazil have been powered by sustainable biofuels that not only mitigate climate change, but also promote economic growth, social inclusion and public health benefits. How can sustainable biofuels contribute to the decarbonisation of the Irish transport sector?

The webinar focused on the solutions to the Irish challenge of decarbonising its transport sector and how sustainable biofuels, alongside other measures, can contribute towards it. Land use and sustainability issues; food security; second generation and advanced biofuels; voluntary certification and traceability within supply chains; Brazil’s new National Policy on Biofuels and its decarbonisation credits (RenovaBio and CBios) will all be discussed. The Irish proposals and possibilities to decarbonise its transport system was outlined by the Irish Bioenergy Association and its experts.

The webinar covered the Swedish perspective as the country is an European leader in renewables in transport, primarily due to the use of biofuels in its fuel mix. Sweden has successfully promoted biofuels, including E10, E85 and biodiesel, through a combination of incentives and long term climate action policy goals. Transport efficiency measures, electric vehicles and fuel switching are all contributing to reducing emissions, which leave them on target to achieve a 70% reduction by 2030.

You can watch and find out about the best strategies to reduce the carbon footprint of the Irish transport sector, with panellists from Brazil, Ireland and Sweden.

ORGANISED BY: The Embassy of Brasil in Dublin and Apex-Brasil in partnership with the Irish Bioenergy Association

MEDIA PARTNER: EURACTIV

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Media Partnership - Options for a sustainable Irish transport system: how to achieve carbon neutrality?

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