British Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced on Tuesday that the United Kingdom will ban the sale of new cars and vans with diesel and gasoline engines from 2030, ten years earlier than expected until now.
The vehicles hybrids capable of traveling “significant distances without emitting carbon dioxide” will continue on sale until 2035, The Government advanced in a statement, which plans to invest 1,300 million pounds (1,450 million euros) in accelerate the expansion of electric charging points.
The move is part of a strategic environmental plan, the details of which will be released this Wednesday, with which Johnson wants to “create and support” 250,000 jobs in the United Kingdom, which will host the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.
Over the next decade, the British Executive plans to mobilize 12,000 million pounds (13,390 million euros) in public investments towards sectors that contribute to the objective of reaching zero net carbon dioxide emissions by 2050.
“Although this year has taken a very different direction than we expected, I have not lost sight of our ambitious plans,” said Johnson, underscoring his intention that the green economy boost have effects on the whole country.
“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by wind turbines in Scotland and the North East (of England), it will be driven by electric vehicles manufactured in the Midlands (central England) and by the latest technologies developed in Wales, “said the Prime Minister.
The Government assures that it has maintained “extensive consultations” with manufacturers and vendors of vehicles before announcing the future veto on diesel and gasoline engines.
The United Kingdom “already manufactures a significant proportion of electric vehicles in Europe”, highlights the Executive, who will also help the industry with an investment of 500 million pounds (560 million euros) in four years to boost the development of battery production.
It also plans to award 582 million pounds (650 million euros) in grants for lower the price and stimulate the sale of zero- or “ultra-low” emissions vehicles.
“Historical turning point”
The environmental organization Greenpeace UK declared that the ban announced by the United Kingdom marks a “historic turning point in climate action”.
“While the shift to electric vehicles is not a panacea, vetoing the new polluting gasoline and diesel (cars) in 2030 can put the government on track towards meeting its climate commitments, “said Rebecca Newson, UK Policy Officer at Greenpeace.
Johnson’s ten-point environmental roadmap advanced Tuesday also provides for quadruple the amount of wind power over the next decade offshore produced by the UK, up to 40 gigawatts (GV).
The use of hydrogen as fuel for industry, transport and heat generation in homes, with up to 500 million pounds (560 million euros) and 525 million pounds (585 million euros) will be dedicated to the development of plants and nuclear technology.
The UK also aspires to become a “world leader in technologies for capture and store harmful emissions “, and a goal is to have recovered 10 megatons (MT) of carbon dioxide by 2030.