New report calls for petrol and diesel vehicle ban by 2030
The Committee on Climate Change says the government's current plan to introduce the ban in 2040 is "too soft."
The law which requires all new cars sold in the UK to have zero emissions should be brought forward to 2030, a new report from the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) has concluded.
They claim that the move would help to reduce carbon emissions in the UK to almost zero by 2050 and labelled the government’s current plan to introduce the ban in 2040 “too soft.”
For it to be a success, the CCC have proposed that all sales of cars and vans in the UK should be electric by 2030 if the technology allows it and 2035 at the very latest.
Ideas put forward to encourage take up include making electric vehicles cheaper to purchase than a petrol or diesel fuelled ones and offering substantial reductions in their running costs.
Heavy investment in the UK’s electric car charging network would be needed to adequately support the change.
Currently, there are around 21,000 public chargers in the UK but the CCC estimates that 210,000 would be required for their plan to succeed.
The CCC is an independent body that was formed in 2008 as part of the Climate Change Act. Its role is to offer advice on emissions targets and catalogue how the UK government's preparations for climate change are progressing.