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12 November 2017

Bonn, 12 November 2017 - The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Climate Change and the Deputy Mayor of Oslo are among those debating the transition to electric vehicles (EVs) at the UN climate change conference in Bonn.

Speaking at a side event today, organised by conservation NGO WWF, James Beard, Climate and Energy Specialist said:

“We are here in Bonn to set a framework to raise ambition for climate action – the so-called Talanoa Dialogue. Just like renewable energy, electric vehicle costs are reducing rapidly, so we can go further and faster to cut carbon emissions and clean up our air. I urge all countries – including the UK – to end the sale of polluting vehicles no later than 2030. Countries that move too slowly will be left behind in the global race for investment and jobs in these cutting edge technologies.”


The UK has promised to phase put fossil fuel cars by 2040. This puts it behind commitments from Norway, Austria, India, Ireland, Netherlands, Solvenia and Scotland.