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Inland Fisheries Ireland switches to green fleet

Inland Fisheries Ireland has launched its electric fleet of cars with a view to achieving a 24 per cent reduction in the Co2 emissions from its fleet.

The electric vehicles have been wrapped in a fish themed design with an electrically charged eel swimming across the side to promote the organisation’s shift to zero emission cars.

An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar with Richard Bruton TD, Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment and Sean Canney TD (centre), Minister with responsibility for inland fisheries and Project Officers from Inland Fisheries Ireland.

The four vehicles will be driven by Project Officers from the organisation’s National Strategy for Angling Development’s (NSAD) Project Management Office which works with angling clubs and community groups around the country to support the development of the fisheries resource. Project officers travel to rural and peripheral areas to work with local groups to support them in undertaking environmentally sustainable fisheries development works.

This enables communities to realise the many economic and recreational benefits which the fisheries resource can accrue for their area.

Speaking at today’s launch, An Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said he is pleased that the organisation is setting a positive example by switching to a more carbon friendly fleet. “As a country we all need to do more to tackle climate action, so it is important to see our public bodies taking the lead,” commented Taoiseach Varadkar. “We will all need to make adjustments to how we live and how we get around; these cars will send a positive message, as well as reducing the carbon footprint of the organisation.”

Richard Bruton TD, Minister of Communications, Climate Action and Environment added: “Today’s announcement shows that Inland Fisheries Ireland are leading by example and making changes to adapt. As a result of this new electric fleet, they will reduce their carbon footprint by 24 per cent.”

Dr Ciaran Byrne, CEO of Inland Fisheries Ireland said: “The energy reduction target of 33 per cent by 2020 is an opportunity to refocus the philosophy of our organisation.

“The move to ‘green’ vehicles is just one of many changes which we are making to ensure we reduce our overall emissions.”