The European Union’s latest plan to tackle climate change is to decrease the use of gasoline and diesel cars by 2035.
“Polluting vehicles” will be off the market and hopefully replaced by fully electric models. According to CNN Business, “The European Commission said Wednesday that it wants to require the auto industry to slash the average emissions of new cars by 55% by 2030. A further reduction to 100% by 2035 effectively means that all new cars registered from that year onward must be zero-emission vehicles. The United Kingdom has already made a similar commitment.”
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The commission’s plan to promote electric vehicles is to install more charging stations. In 2020, Boris Johnson unveiled a ten-point, £12 billion plan to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030. The EU’s environmental efforts are some of the most demanding, globally. However, meeting its target goals is not always realistic. In February, four NGOs won a lawsuit against France. The country was guilty of inactivity and failure to meet its own Paris climate accord commitments.
“The fossil fuel economy has reached its limits. We want to leave the next generation a healthy planet as well as good jobs and growth that does not hurt our nature,” said Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission.