Bans on petrol, diesel cars to in­ten­sify in Europe

IN­DUS­TRY NEWS

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Spain plans to pro­pose a ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hy­brid cars from 2040, govern­ment sources said, join­ing a string of Eu­ro­pean coun­tries tak­ing aim at pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles to help cut green­house gas emis­sions.

The plan is in­cluded in a draft doc­u­ment for a law on cli­mate change which Prime Min­is­ter Pe­dro Sanchez’s govern­ment hopes to present to par­lia­ment by the end of the year.

“Some of the most im­por­tant nec­es­sary changes af­fect trans­port,” the doc­u­ment said. “From 2040, the reg­is­tra­tion and sale in Spain of pas­sen­ger cars and light com­mer­cial ve­hi­cles that di­rectly emit car­bon diox­ide will not be per­mit­ted.”

Bri­tain and France have al­ready pledged to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, which will mean big changes for the global car in­dus­try and put a squeeze on oil pro­duc­ers’ prof­its.

Some British politi­cians have said Lon­don should bring the ban for­ward to 2032, a more am­bi­tious dead­line al­ready adopted by Scot­land, while Den­mark wants to make the move by 2030.

Un­der the cur­rent cli­mate change plan, Madrid aims to cut green­house gas emis­sions to at least 20% be­low 1990 lev­els by 2030. The Eu­ro­pean Union as a whole aims to re­duce emis­sions by at least 40% by 2030.

Eu­ro­pean cities are in­creas­ingly gear­ing up to rid their roads of pol­lut­ing ve­hi­cles and re­plac­ing them with zero-emis­sion elec­tric cars.

The move away from com­bus­tion-en­gined ve­hi­cles is in ac­cor­dance with obli­ga­tions un­der the Paris Cli­mate Ac­cord, which di­rected the re­duc­tion of green­house gas emis­sions by 20% from 1990 and by 90% in 2050.

Stuttgart in Ger­many has started en­forc­ing a ban on older diesel ve­hi­cles from its city cen­tre al­ready by 2019 in line with a court rul­ing. Diesel-car bans have now been ef­fected in Frank­furt, Ham­burg, and Berlin, with lim­ited bans in Cologne and Bonn.

The Greater Paris re­gion will be­come a low-emis­sion zone from next sum­mer, which will limit the cir­cu­la­tion of old diesel cars.

The Greater Paris re­gion will be­come a low-emis­sion zone from next sum­mer, which will limit the cir­cu­la­tion of old diesel cars.

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