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Britain to ban sales of petrol and diesel cars by 2040 as part of new clean air strategy, following similar plans by France

August 15, 2017

Briefing:
  • 2040 Diesel and Gas Car Ban – Britain announced banning of sales of new diesel and gas cars by 2040, as part of clean air plan publicized on July 26, 2017 to combat air pollution in country
  • $332 Million Local Government Fund – Makes available £255 million ($332 million) for local government to reduce air pollution domestically with schemes, such as retrofitting buses, changing road layouts, reprogramming traffic lights, and altering roundabouts and speed humps to keep diesel vehicles from polluted roads
  • Other Countries’ Policies – France introduced similar plans for 2040, while Netherlands plans to sell electric cars only by 2025, and India by 2030
  • Challenges – Include setting up appropriate charging infrastructure (currently there are only 12,000 in Britain) and generating enough electricity for massive electric vehicle adoption
  • 2050 Zero Transport Emissions Goal – Targets every car and van on Britain roads to be emissions-free by 2050
Petrol and gasoline
Sectors: Government (excluding military), Transportation and Logistics, Utilities
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Original Publication Date: July 26, 2017

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