The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson , advanced to 2030 the ban on the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in the United Kingdom in the framework of the green industrial revolution that he intends to turn into a generator of employment.
The conservative government’s 10-point plan, which aims to create and sustain up to 250,000 jobs , aims to develop offshore wind energy; hydrogen for heating and transportation; promote the electric car; plant thousands of hectares of trees; and become a leader in terms of CO2 capture and storage.
We are going to drive forward a Green Industrial Revolution, creating hundreds of thousands of green jobs across the country.
Read more about my 10 point plan: https://t.co/ZnqoHnbzB7
— Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 18, 2020
The plan also includes promoting nuclear energy , the prime minister’s services reported in a statement. These measures will allow the United Kingdom, which will host the UN climate conference, COP26 in Glasgow in 2021, to achieve its goal of zero net greenhouse gas emissions by 2050.
“After extensive consultations with car manufacturers, the prime minister confirms that the UK will stop selling new cars and new gasoline and diesel utility vehicles by 2030,” according to the statement.
UK and its green industrial revolution
By February, Johnson had moved forward five years to 2035 on this goal. Now, only hybrid vehicle sales will be authorized until this date. This green industrial revolution will mobilize 15.908 billion dollars; 1.3 billion of them to accelerate the deployment of charging stations for electric vehicles.
In October, the British president promised to make the United Kingdom the Saudi Arabia of offshore wind power , capable of powering all British homes with production quadrupled to 40 gigawatts by 2030, that is, the equivalent of more than 40 Nuclear reactors.
In addition to the goal of carbon neutrality in 2050 , the leader hopes that his green “revolution” will reduce regional inequalities; and partially eliminate the economic damage caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our green industrial revolution will be powered by wind (farms) in Scotland and in the North East, powered by electric vehicles made in the Midlands and will advance thanks to the latest technologies developed in Wales,” he said.
For their part, Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) such as Greenpeace hailed the ban on new gasoline and diesel vehicles as a turning point in climate action.
However, they regretted that Johnson “maintains other speculative solutions, such as nuclear and hydrogen from fossil fuels.”