UK to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2030 to net zero emissions

Prime Minister Boris Johnson about Covid
Prime Minister Boris Johnson

Five years earlier than expected, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson is planning to unveil a green 10-point plan, as he weighs controversial proposals to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars within a decade. Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans from 2030, as part of what Prime Minister Boris Johnson is casting as a “green revolution” to cut emissions to net zero by 2050. The government is considering bringing forward the current 2040 prohibition on the sale of gas and diesel cars to 2035, or earlier. The BBC and the Financial Times on Saturday reported that the ban will come into effect in 2030, with hybrid cars barred from 2035. However, three senior government officials said no decision had been taken yet.

“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,” Johnson said in a column published in the Financial Times on Tuesday.
Britain last year 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.