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UK announces ban on petrol, diesel cars from 2030

The plan, part of government’s so-called green revolation, was moved forward from its initial 2035 deadline.

• November 18, 2020
Boris Johnson
Boris Johnson (Photo Credit: UK government)

Britain has moved to ban the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars by 2030, five years earlier than its previous deadline.

Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s “green revolution” is part of a 10 point agenda to cut emissions to net zero by 2050, this initial move could create up to 250,000 jobs in the energy, transport and technology sectors.

In an announcement on Tuesday, Mr. Johnson said sales of new gasoline and diesel cars and vans will end in 2030, though hybrid vehicles can be sold until 2035.

The new date was five years earlier than the 2035 pledge made by Mr. Johnson in February.

Less than one percent of cars on UK roads are powered entirely by electricity, so the prime minister’s plan to end the sale of new petrol and diesel cars will require an enormous investment in the infrastructure needed for electric vehicles.

Reports said Mr. Johnson’s plan includes producing wind-generated electricity to power every home, developing the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade, and the development of next generation small and advanced nuclear reactors.

“Since 1990 we have managed to grow our economy by 75% and at the same time cut our emissions by 43%, so we are world-leading in this area.” Alok Sharma, Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, told Sky News.

The British government has earmarked 12 billion pounds for the project, which would be amongst the most ambitious in facing out fossil fuels to date.

Last year, Britain became the first G-7 country to set in law a net zero emission target by 2050, and the country is scheduled to host the COP-26 global climate conference in Glasgow next year, after being delayed by the coronavirus pandemic.

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