UK’s New Clean Air Strategy Calls For End Of Gas & Diesel By 2040
UK is moving towards ending the sale of new conventional diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2040, which was hinted at first one year ago.
Environment Secretary Michael Gove has launched an ambitious new clean air strategy to tackle air pollution – Air quality: draft Clean Air Strategy 2018.
Today, between 2 to 3% of new cars sold in UK are plug-ins depending on month, so there’s a ways to go to reach 100% (market share would need to increase on average by several percent every year for the next 20 years).
It’s possible that other countries will reach end of ICE car sales by 2040-2050, and most of the market will fall on plug-ins and hybrids.
“The new UK strategy, now out for consultation, is a key part of a 25-Year Plan; stated goals for the strategy include:
- By 2025, to halve the number of people living in locations where concentrations of particulate matter are above the WHO guideline limit of 10 ug/m3.
- To introduce new primary legislation, which will give local government new powers to improve air quality.
- To legislate to ensure only the cleanest domestic fuels will be available for sale, preventing 8,000 tonnes of harmful particulate matter from entering the atmosphere each year.
- To take concerted action to tackle ammonia from farming, responsible for 88% of ammonia emissions, by requiring farmers to invest in the infrastructure and equipment that will reduce emissions. Farmers will be supported to achieve this through a new system of public money for public goods.
- To work with international partners to research and develop new standards for tires and brakes to address toxic non-exhaust emissions of micro plastics from vehicles which can pollute air and water.
- To provide a personal air quality messaging system to inform the public, particularly those who are vulnerable to air pollution, about the air quality forecast, providing clearer information on air pollution episodes and accessible health advice.
Among the other actions detailed in the new plan to reduce emissions from transport are:
- A coming plan to reduce emissions from shipping and aviation.
- Ending the sale of new conventional diesel and gasoline cars and vans by 2040.
- New legislation enabling the Transport Secretary to compel manufacturers to recall vehicles and machinery for any failures in their emissions control system, and make tampering with an emissions control system a legal offense.
- A coming plan to phase out diesel-only trains by 2040.
- Air quality strategies for all major English ports.”