The UK will ban the sale of new combustion engine vehicles by 2030, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced today. It will also ban the sale of new hybrid cars by 2035. Johnson made the announcement tonight as part of a new ten-point plan for a “green industrial revolution.”
This is the second time Johnson has advanced the deadline. The original plan was to stop sales of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040. In February, Johnson moved the target to 2035. He is under increasing pressure to crack down on gas guzzlers in order to meet the target. wider UK to eliminate emissions contributing to climate change by 2050.
“While this year has taken a very different path than we expected, the UK is looking to the future and seizing the opportunity to rebuild greener,” Johnson said in a press release. “The recovery of our planet and our economies can and must go hand in hand.”
Accelerating the transition to all electric vehicles puts the UK ahead of much of the pack when it comes to pledges from other governments to phase out fossil-fueled cars. France aims to end the sale of new gas consumers by 2040. California recently committed to do so by 2035. Norway has a more ambitious goal of ending new gas sales. ‘by 2025.
Johnson’s proposed ‘green industrial revolution’ in the UK includes a wide range of initiatives to boost economic growth and tackle climate change. It also plans to reduce transport emissions by investing in public transport and finding ways to make planes and ships less polluting. The plan also includes efforts to increase carbon-free energy, including offshore wind, hydrogen and nuclear power. The whole plan will cost £ 12 billion in government investment (US $ 15.9 billion).