UK to Ban Petrol, Diesel Cars from 2030 in Green ‘Revolution’

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Britain will ban the sale of new Petrol and Diesel cars by 2030, a decade earlier than its previous commitment, the Prime Minister said on Tuesday. Boris Johnson made the promise as part of plans for a “green industrial revolution” that he states could create up to 250,000 jobs in transport, energy, and technology.

The Government declared sales of new Diesel and Petrol cars and vans will close in 2030. Automakers are concerned about the goal, saying the previous target of 2040 was already ambitious. The Government’s green plan also includes investments in carbon capture technology and hydrogen energy and an aim to generate sufficient wind energy to power every home in the UK by 2030.

The environmental push is part of Mr. Johnson’s attempt to move beyond the damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and Britain’s divisive exit from the European Union, and to bring fresh jobs to struggling former industrial areas of central and northern England. “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one, we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country,” Mr. Johnson said in a statement.

Mr. Johnson also has made a shared pledge to combat climate change part of his pitch to Joe Biden as he seeks to persuade the U.S. President-elect, he is not a copy of Donald Trump, who has downplayed the threat posed by global warming. Britain has also pledged to decrease its carbon emissions to net-zero by 2050. The UK is due to hold the COP26 global climate conference next year, after a 12-month postponement due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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