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UK Gov Speeds Up Fossil Fuel Ban Timeline

Sun Sep 20 2020

An announcement is expected soon bringing the ban on fossil fuels forward to 2030

The UK Government, in plans to encourage a ‘green’ economy recovery, post COVID, is likely to bring forward its ban on fossil fuel vehicles forward, from 2040 to 2030. 

The announcement should come later this autumn when Boris Johnson unveils a host of new clean energy policies in the hopes of triggering a more environmentally friendly economic recovery. It’s thought the plans were to be released this week but have had to be delayed as the Government focusses on the rising number of coronavirus cases in the UK population. 

 

Whilst plans have been floated before around shifting the UK’s vehicles from fossil fuels to electric power sooner than the previous 2040 deadline, nothing has yet come of them, however the Government have now been assured that the UK’s infrastructure can cope with the earlier shift.

 

The new legislation, backed by the UKs official advisers at the Committee on Climate Change, will likely be released alongside other plans centred around making the UK carbon neutral by 2050.

 

All of this has been confirmed by the Uk’s minister for Clean Energy, Kwasi Kwarteng. An energy white paper will be released in the next month or so which will be the linchpin of the Governments legally binding target to achieve a carbon neutral economy.

As well as moving up the deadline to ban fossil fuel vehicles it will also include support for encouraging the UK’s clean hydrogen industry.

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Banning petrol cars by 2030 is an ambitious but achievable date which would give a new lease of life to the UK car industry, whilst combating climate breakdown and cleaning up the air that dangerously pollutes so many of our towns and cities.

Matthew Pennycook - Shadow Climate Change Minister

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Naysayers of the new green initiatives have spouted concern that the National Grid won’t be able to cope with these new demands but official estimates show that if all road transport were electrified overnight,  it would still only require less than a third more energy than the nation currently uses which the National Grid has said  “the grid could easily cope with”.

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