10 May 2018
Commenting on the leaked details of the Government’s forthcoming electric vehicles strategy, Gareth-Redmond King, Head of Climate and Energy at WWF said:
“Our future, and the planet, depends on finding a solution to climate change. Transport is now the biggest source of carbon emissions. So if the UK wants to show global leadership, and meet its Paris Agreement commitments, we need to be aiming for 100% electric vehicle sales by 2030, rather than arguing about hybrids.
“Bringing forward a phase-out of petrol and diesel cars to 2030 would save 13 million tonnes of CO2, cut exhaust pollution by 30%, and support up to 100,000 manufacturing jobs in the UK. “
For more information about the effects on the economy and the environment of a 2030 target to end petrol/diesel vehicle sales, please seewww.wwf.org.uk/ev2018
Prime Minister Theresa May announced the Zero Emission Vehicle Summit last December:https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pm-announces-new-measures-to-tackle-effects-and-causes-of-climate-change