Boris Johnson to ban the sale of petrol & diesel cars after 2030 in a £12billion green splurge
BORIS Johnson will ban the sale of petrol and diesel cars after 2030 as part of a £12bn splurge to make the nation go green.
The PM has outlined his plan for the “Green Industrial Revolution” to create hundreds of thousands of jobs in red wall seats, as well as committing to planting 30,000 hectares of new forests every year.
He hopes the new green tech industries will support 250,000 British jobs while turbo-charging the nation’s march towards becoming carbon neutral by 2050. Historic industrial heartlands like the North East, Yorkshire and the Humber, West Midlands, Scotland and Wales will be the focus of new high tech sites.
The PM has also fast tracked his ban on gas producing cars, banning them in 2030 – ten years earlier than previously planned. Under the plans £1.3 billion will be splashed out on charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England, while £500 million will be set aside in grants to make the green cars more affordable.
Speaking last night, Mr Johnson said: “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country.
“My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050. Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future.”
Under the green plans Boris wants to prioritise wind and nuclear power, while being ‘carbon capture’ sites in the North East. They’ll also trial using hydrogen as a fuel to heat homes, starting with a “hydrogen neighbourhood” in 2023 – eventually using the clean fuel to power a town by the end of the decade.
Business groups welcomed the announcement, with Josh Hardie, Acting CBI Director-General calling it a “a clear statement of intent.” He said: “It gives a springboard to the huge opportunities for UK-wide investment and green jobs that a true low-carbon economy can bring. Business is fully committed to delivering a green and sustainable recovery from the pandemic.”
The PM hopes tech industries will create 250,000 British jobs while making the nation carbon neutral by 2050[/caption]
AA’s Edmund King said ‘The concession for hybrids will be a welcome stepping stone for fleets and individuals before going fully electric’[/caption]
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The AA’s Edmund King said the cull of petrol cars was “incredibly ambitious” but “welcome.” He said: “Consistently, the barriers to EV ownership are: the initial cost of the car and availability, perceived single-charge range anxiety and charging infrastructure – particularly for the third of drivers without off-street parking.
“If we can tackle these issues with considerable investment and focus, the electric revolution could flourish. We are pleased that the package of measures announced is more than just a date in the diary. By investing heavily in the national charging network, battery production and providing incentives will help. The concession for hybrids will be a welcome stepping stone for fleets and individuals before going fully electric.
“One of the biggest challenges will be for car makers to change more than 100 years of combustion engine production to cater for an electric future within a decade.”
BORIS’S TEN POINT PLAN
- Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home – supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: Aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
- Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source – which could support 10,000 jobs.
- Electric vehicles: Ban petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel.
- Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research.
- Homes and public buildings: Making our homes, schools and hospitals greener.
- Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
- Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.
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