The Government’s Climate Action Plan 2019, launched on 17 June 2019, contains a number of actions to increase substantially the penetration of electric vehicles and the supply of necessary infrastructure to facilitate planned growth and stay sufficiently ahead of demand. A number of these actions, including the development of an overarching charging infrastructure strategy, which will review and update the targets for the supply of public charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, are within the remit of my colleague the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and the Environment.
In this context, my Department will lead on the updating of planning rules and guidelines, as appropriate, based on updated standards, grid requirements and implementation of the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EU) 2018/844. This work will be informed by the ongoing work of an inter-Departmental Taskforce (which includes my Department), established to consider the range of measures and options available to Government to accelerate the take-up of low carbon technologies in the road transport sector. It will also complement building control measures under regulations transposing the Energy Performance of Buildings Directive (EU) 2018/844, which will be put in place by 10 March 2020.