ESB calls for more electric transport

The Electricity Supply Board has urged government to consider various ways in which different modes of transport could be powered by electricity as a way of reducing Ireland's carbon emissions and meeting EU targets.

Speaking at the Irish Management Institute national conference, ESB chief executive Padraig McManus said that the ESB was working towards having zero net carbon emissions by 2035.

He estimated that it would take 2,000 megawatts a day to power all of Ireland’s cars, noting that this could easily be supplied by electricity companies during the night, when demand is low.

According to the Irish Times, he said: “I believe the Government should look to maximise the use of electricity in the economy and particularly in the transport sector.

“The development of electric cars is going to grow and I think Ireland should be pushing in that direction.”

The Irish Independent has reported that Dublin now has the most expensive industrial occupancy costs in the world after London, something that is putting additional strain on the city’s manufacturing sector.

Arash Hekmat

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