“I would expect to start seeing targets that are between 2025, 2030 for banning [the sale of new] petrol-driven cars in this country.”
So, what exactly are other countries doing?
The government has also pledged that all new heavy goods vehicles sold in the UK will be zero-emission by 2040.
All new vehicles must be run on cleaner energy – electric, hybrid, or hydrogen fuel cell-powered – by 2030, and all vehicles using internal combustion engines -typically powered by fossil fuels – will be phased out by 2040.
Singapore won’t allow new diesel-powered car and taxi registrations from 2025. Source: Getty / Ore Huiying
By 2030, Canada wants 35 per cent of all medium- and heavy-duty vehicles sold to be zero emissions, and the government will regulate to reach 100 per cent by 2040 — although exemptions based on feasibility may be granted.
Newly-elected president Yoon Suk-yeol has pledged to ban new registrations of internal combustion engine cars from 2035.
This will include freight transport vehicles and intercity buses by 2045.
From Azerbaijan to Uruguay and New Zealand
Just two per cent of New Zealand’s cars are low or zero-emission vehicles, and the government wants to hit 30 per cent by 2035 – when new dirty vehicles will be banned.
The European Union
– With AAP and Reuters.