Let’s look at Leitrim Transport Emissions. It’s almost a quarter of our emissions!
Emissions in the Transport sector stem from two main categories: private vehicles (55%) and goods vehicles (33%). The remainder is tractors and public transport.
The data reveals a high reliance on cars. There is 1 car for every 2 residents. As a result, we travel 15% more by car in Leitrim than in the rest of Ireland. The use of public transport is very limited: slightly above 1% of the total distance travelled.
The second big chunk of Transport carbon emissions in Leitrim is goods vehicles. There are 3,402 goods vehicles in Leitrim, each one travelling around 20,650 km per year.
According to the Irish Climate Action Plan 2019, we have to reduce the transport emissions by around 38% in only 10 years. How can we face this huge challenge in rural area?