In ten years from now i.e 2030, the United Kingdom will boycott the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans.
The new date for a ban on new petrol and diesel cars is five years earlier than the 2035 pledge made by Prime Minister, Boris Johnson in February.
At the peak of the Covid19 pandemic in the UK and Europe at large, P.M Boris Johnsons takes a bold step in his advocacy for “green revolution” to cut emissions to net-zero by 2050.
“Now is the time to plan for a green recovery with high-skilled jobs that give people the satisfaction of knowing they are helping to make the country cleaner, greener and more beautiful,” Boris Johnson said in a column published in the Financial Times on Tuesday.
Last year, the United Kingdom became the first G7 country to set in law a net-zero emission target by 2050, which will require wholesale changes in the way Britons travel, use energy and eat.
The plan is designed to provide 12 billion pounds ($16bn) of government money in total, with as much as three times that amount coming from the private sector, and create support for 250,000 highly skilled green jobs by 2030.
It also offers 582 million pounds ($773m) in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy.
“Success will depend on reassuring consumers that they can afford these new technologies,” SMMT said in a statement, adding the new deadline posed an “immense challenge” to the sector, the Prime Minister’s plan was broadly welcomed by the SMMT industry.
Under the plan, the sale of hybrid cars and vans will be banned from 2035.