News emerging from the UK is that there are plans to ban the sale of combustion-engine vehicles by 2030. This follows the announcement made by the UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson. On the ban list is also hybrid cars, which the country plans to ban its sale by 2035. The ban of these two types of vehicles is part of the UK’s new ten-point-plan to embrace the green industrial revolution.
What the Ban of these Vehicles Means for the UK
According to reports, this is not the first time the Prime Minister is moving up the deadline but the second. The initial plan to stop the sale of diesel and petrol-powered vehicles was by 2040. In February 2020, Johnson is said to have moved the target to 2035.
His decision to move up the deadline was due to increasing pressure for the country to crack down on gas-guzzling vehicles. Banning these vehicles is to help the UK to meet its broader goal of eliminating emissions, thus contributing to climate change by 2050.
Why the UK is Speeding Up the Ban
A statement from Johnson said that the recovery of the UK economies, as well as that of the planet, should go hand-in-hand. He agreed that the year 2020 had taken a completely different direction from what the country expected. However, according to the Prime Minister, there are still future plans for the UK to seize opportunities to ensure that they work on building back greener.
The UK’s Green Industrial Revolution Plan
According to Johnson, the UK has a laid out green industrial revolution plan. It includes a wide range of initiatives that will help the country to address climate change and also spur the country’s economic growth.
The plan also includes cutting transportation emissions by researching ways of reducing ship and plane pollutions and also investing in public transportation. There are also efforts to rump up carbon-free energy such as hydrogen, offshore winds, and nuclear energies. All plans will cost the government approximately 12 billion Euros ($15.9 billion)
Other Countries with Plans to Ban Combustion-Engine Vehicles
It is also reported that apart from the UK, France also plans to follow suit by ending the sale of new gas-guzzlers cars by 2040. The state of California also reported its plans to do the same by the year 2035. Another country with the same ambition is Norway. Its goal is to end the new sale of gas-guzzler vehicles by 2025.