We must push forward the ban on internal combustion engines
The UK, which initially imposed a ban on the sale of internal combustion engine vehicles – diesel, gasoline and hybrids – for 2040, made the decision in February To advance the five-year ban until 2035, to find his advisers on the Climate Change Committee (CCC) requiring that, in order to be effective, the ban be postponed to 2032. Now, according to sources in The Guardian, this ban could be brought forward until 2030, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and as part of a recovery plan to develop a more sustainable economy.
The idea is that from 2030 the only new vehicles on sale in the UK will be electric, battery powered or hydrogen fuel cell powered. To this end, incentives of up to £ 6,000 ($ 7,687) are planned to trade in an internal combustion vehicle for an electric vehicle, as well as the development of a vast charging network –even McDonald’s signs up– and other measures, such as a ban on advertising for highly polluting SUVs .
The reality is that the deployment of clean energy in the UK is advancing rapidly: the substantial increase in solar and wind power has been able to supply 47% of total production needsin the first quarter of 2020, and costing between 30-50% less than the government initially estimated . British oil company BP plans to reduce its oil and gas production by 40% by 2030 through investments and acquisitions in renewable energies, and to position itself as one of the world’s largest suppliers of clean energy. In reality, company predicts bleak future for oil industryoverall, predicting that half of the world’s proven oil reserves, 1.7 trillion barrels, will not be mined because they will never be needed, and as such they are already negative assets.
If the UK confirms its intention to advance the ban on the sale of internal combustion vehicles to 2030, it will join a select group of developed economies including Germany, Ireland, the Netherlands and Norway. , which plans to ban them in 2025, given that more than half of new vehicle sales in the country have been electric for some time now. Other countries, like France and Spain, are still aiming for 2040, which is good news for automakers who have already been forced to change their strategy since its initial definition, but which reflects a lack of commitment in serious environmental policies.
The automotive market is in turmoil, and the resumption of the economic crisis caused by the COVID-19 pandemic must necessarily be based on sustainability and clean energy, taking advantage of this transition to become more dynamic. Let’s go now.