11.10 Transport

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11.10 Transport

The transport sector is the largest fuel consumer in Kilkenny and is responsible for more greenhouse gas emissions than any other  sector  of  the  economy.  The achievement of a 10% transport target from renewables by 2020 is ambitious and one which will require significant measures to achieve. In 2014 renewable energy accounted for 5.2% of transport energy consumption in Ireland.

The White Paper for Energy 2015 is cognisant of the need to support alternatives to fossil fuels for transport and it recommends the following initiatives:

  • The roll out of electric and gas vehicles through grants and tax relief, and
  • Development of a national policy framework to support infrastructure for alternative transport fuels.

In this regard, a combination of energy efficiency transport initiatives, electric vehicles and renewable transport sources can reduce Kilkenny’s dependence on imported fossil fuels and associated greenhouse gas emissions from the transport sector.