Prime Minister: UK is quitting gasoline and diesel by the year 2030

Boris Johnson is calling it the country’s green recovery
by Drei Laurel | Nov 18, 2020
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The United Kingdom is making the great green leap, announcing that it will end the sale of gasoline- and diesel-powered vehicles by the year 2030.

In an opinion article for the Financial Times, Prime Minister Boris Johnson shared plans for the UK’s “green recovery,” saying his 10-point strategy will be spearheaded by £12 billion (P767 billion) in government funding and possibly three times that figure from the private sector.

According to Johnson, this shift will transform the UK “into the world’s number one center for green technology and finance.”

“There will be electric vehicle technicians in the Midlands, construction and installation workers in the North East and Wales, specialists in advanced fuels in the North West, agroforestry practitioners in Scotland, and grid system installers everywhere. And we will help people train for these new green jobs through our Lifetime Skills Guarantee,” Johnson said.

Included in Johnson’s 10-point plan is a £2.8 billion (P179 billion) investment in the electric vehicle industry which “will be lacing the land with charging points and creating long-lasting batteries in UK gigafactories.” If this pans out, the prime minister says the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles will end by the year 2030. Hybrids, though, will be permitted until 2035.

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Other initiatives under the country’s green recovery include an overhaul of the UK public transportation system that includes “thousands of green buses and hundreds of miles of new cycle lanes,” and the development of zero-emission ships.

Johnson also shared the establishment of a “task force net zero” that will focus on a zero-emissions Britan by the year 2050. He is scheduled to meet with the private sector regarding its contribution tomorrow.

“Green and growth can go hand-in-hand. So let us meet the most enduring threat to our planet with one of the most innovative and ambitious programs of job-creation we have known.”

You can read Johnson’s entire 10-point green recovery plan here. Other countries that have announced plans to end the sale of conventionally powered vehicles include China and Germany. Earlier this year, the latter announced it would be requiring gas stations to provide electric vehicle charging infrastructure for motorists.

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So, when do you think the Philippines will be able to make the shift towards greener transportation?

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