Thursday, 30 July 2020

Ceisteanna (151)

Alan Kelly


151. Deputy Alan Kelly asked the Minister for Communications, Climate Action and Environment the average carbon emissions for a motor vehicle on the total carbon emissions from all ministerial cars in each of the years 2017 to 2019 and to date in 2020, based on mileage by each Minster in tabular form; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [19864/20]

Amharc ar fhreagra

Freagraí scríofa (Ceist ar Communications)

The information on mileage by Ministers in discharging their official duties is not available in my Department.

The Sustainable Energy Authority of Ireland (SEAI) has however indicated, based on data collected by the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport, that the average CO2 emissions of a new car was 112.7 gCO2/km in 2017 and 114 gCO2/km in 2018. The CSO indicate that average kilometres travelled per year by private cars was 17,811 in 2017 and 16,990 in 2018.

Based on the above the following table indicates the average annual distance travelled by a passenger car in 2017 and 2018 and the corresponding CO2 emissions that would result in respect of a new car in each year:

Average car


Average annual distance (kilometres)

Average CO2 emissions (tonnes)







Data on the average kilometres travelled per year by private cars is not yet available for 2019 and 2020. However, information in respect of 2019 can be provided to the Deputy directly by my Department at a later date.