A focus on electric cars and home retrofits, and the elimination of non-recyclable plastics are among the key elements of the Government's plan for dealing with climate change, which was published this afternoon.

Minister Richard Bruton's new plan will impact on everyone in some way  -with increasing carbon taxes meaning more expensive coal, briquettes and fuel, and the phasing out of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030 in favour of electric cars, as well as new taxes on single use plastics.

The Taoiseach says he hopes the government's new Climate Plan will encourage people to change their behaviour.

It will see the country move away from fossil fuels, a rise in carbon taxes and clear targets for every government department.

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