A number of countries have announced huge plans to tackle emissions. Banning the use of fossil-fuel based cars is a big part of these plans. Here are 7 countries leading the way on this.
The clean energy revolution is gaining ground and a number of countries are bent on keeping their roads clean by banning combustion engine vehicles. The transportation sector contributes about 15% of carbon emissions worldwide. Here is an outline of 7 countries leading the way in curbing these emissions.
In 2016, the country’s federal council proposed and passed a resolution that calls for a total ban on internal combustion engines by 2030. The decision is a significant one, as Germany is home to some of the biggest car makers out there. Following this, automobile giants Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen have since firmed up on their hydrogen and electric car efforts.
In February 2017, Norway not only banned the fossil fuel-based cars, they set a target that is five years earlier than Germany’s. Under this new law, Norway will only sell cars that are 100 percent electric, doing away entirely with petrol-based vehicles by 2025. According to the Norwegian Public Roads Administration, “By 2030, heavy-duty vans, 75% of new long-distance buses, and 50% of new trucks must be zero emission vehicles.”
Economic powerhouse, India, has also instituted a policy to allow only the sale of fully-electric cars by 2030. The effort is financed by the government. According to the minster of Railways and Coal, “We are going to introduce electric vehicles in a very big way”. The vision is that by 2030, not a single petrol or diesel car should be sold in the country.
The home of the historic Paris Climate Accord is not left behind. They have placed a ban on all petrol and diesel vehicles effective on 2040. According to the Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy, it is a step-by-step process, which includes having “a fleet of 2.4 million rechargeable electric and hybrid vehicles, as well as a 3% of NGV heavy duty vehicles” by 2023.
The United Kingdom has also taken definitive actions. The British have introduced a ban on new diesel and petrol fuel cars by 2040, as part of a $4.06 billion initiative (£3 billion) that trickles down to local councils to improve the nation’s air quality.
Worth mentioning also are the moves in Netherlands and China to implement similar policies soon. The road to clean transportation is a technology driven one and the rate of advancement by innovators in this space is considered very encouraging.