The Irish Independent has obtained a report from the Department of Transport which suggested that traffic in the capital could slow to an average speed of eight kilometres an hour by 2016.

Not only would this increase the emissions business travel produces, but it could increase costs for these firms.

The report claimed that greenhouse gas emissions from transport could increase to 19m tonnes of CO2 – up over 265% on the 1990 figures.

Transport Minister Noel Dempsey explained to the paper that the situation was not sustainable.

He said: “If we keep our current travel patterns by allowing business as usual and let cars continue to pour onto our streets then traffic congestion will increase, quality of life will fall, economic progress will be impacted negatively and our greenhouse gas emissions will continue to grow.”

Recent data from Sustainable Energy Ireland indicated that energy consumption in the transport sector increased by 7% last year.

James Cooper

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