'Green revolution' to end petrol car sales by 2030
By Rob Freeman | 18th November 2020
Sales of new petrol cars and vans in the UK will be banned from 2030 - five years earlier than planned.
The new deadline is part of a 10-point "green revolution" outlined by Prime Minister Boris Johnson aimed at cutting emissions to net zero by 2050.
Mr Johnson said: "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.
"My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050."
But Dale Vince, founder of Stroud renewable energy firm Ecotricity, said more needed to be done to tackle the affects of petrol and diesel cars on the environment.
Writing on Facebook, he said: "This isn't radical - it's behind where the industry is headed.
"We're 12 months from a tipping point where the cost to buy new is the same or lower for an EV - that's according to the manufacturers not me."
He continued: "At the same time it's bold for a government and it definitely helps - 2025 would have been better, given the average lifetime of a car.
"It's time something was done about this more urgently. Time it was treated as the crisis that it is."
The Prime Minister said the plan would include £12billion of government investment and help to create 250,000 green jobs.
The 10 points as part of the scheme are:
- Making the UK a world leader with enough offshore capacity to power every home by 2030.
- Turning water into energy with up to £500m of investment in hydrogen.
- Plans for new nuclear power from large scale to small and advanced modular reactors.
- Investing more than £2.8billion in electric vehicles, charging points and long-lasting batteries in UK gigafactories ending the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030. Hybrid cars and vans that can drive a significant distance with no carbon coming out of the tailpipe will be allowed until 2035.
- Cleaner public transport, including thousands of green buses and hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes.
- Developing a zero emission plane and ships.
- Investing £1billion next year to make homes, schools and hospitals greener and energy bills lower.
- Establishing a new world-leading industry in carbon capture and storage, backed by £1billion of government investment for clusters across the north, Wales and Scotland.
- Harnessing nature's ability to absorb carbon by planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year by 2025 and rewilding 30,000 football pitches worth of countryside.
- A £1billion energy innovation fund to help commercialise new low-carbon technologies and making the City of London the global centre for green finance.
Acting CBI director-general Josh Hardie said the plan represents a clear statement of intent.
He said: "It gives a springboard to the huge opportunities for UK-wide investment and green jobs that a true low-carbon economy can bring.
"Business is fully committed to delivering a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic
"From new wind farms and nuclear power stations, to hubs of low-carbon industry using carbon capture and hydrogen technologies, business investment will be key to making this vision a reality."
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