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UK to ban new gas vehicles by 2035

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British Prime Minister Boris Johnson gestures as he delivers a speech on 'Unleashing Britain's Potential' at the Old Royal Naval College in London, Britain, 03 February 2020. The United Kingdom officially left the EU on 31 January 2020, beginning an eleven month transition period with negotiations over a future trade deal.

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UK prime minister Boris Johnson announced he will ban the sale of new gas, diesel and hybrid vehicles from 2035, five years earlier than planned.
Johnson’s government explained the move is an attempt to reduce air pollution and fossil fuel emissions. The announcement coincides with the launch of the UK’s plans for November’s UN climate summit, COP26.
“We have to deal with our CO2 emissions. And that is why the UK is calling for us to get to net zero as soon as possible, for every country to announce credible targets to get there; that’s what we want from Glasgow. And that’s why we have pledged here in the UK to deliver net zero by 2050”, Johnson said.
More than a dozen countries around the world, including France and Norway, have already pledged to ban new sales of gas and diesel vehicles in the next decade or two.
Environmental groups, however, warn that the ban on new gas, diesel and hybrid vehicles will not be effective alone.
“Those targets need to be complemented by whole range of measures at the national and regional level, such as informing consumers about the vehicles on offer or building of the necessary charging infrastructure”, said Peter Mock, managing director of the International Council on Clean Transportation in Europe.
Diesel and gasoline models still account for most new vehicle registrations in the UK. “We know as a country, as a society, as a planet, as a species, we must now act”, Johnson said.

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