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UK to ban selling new gas and diesel cars by 2030

by Catherine Thorbecke, ABC News


Highlights

  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that the United Kingdom would ban the sale of new gas and diesel vehicles by 2030 as a part of his “Ten Point Plan for a Green Industrial Revolution”
  • Boris Johnson claims that this initiative would create 250,000 jobs 
  • About $665 million will be used to develop and produce batteries for electric vehicles and $1.7 billion will be utilized to install charging infrastructure throughout Britain
  • In order to incentivize buyers to go electric, the government pledged over $774 million in grants for zero and low emissions vehicles

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Cities are banning natural gas in new homes, citing climate change

by Irina Ivanova, CBS News

A growing number of U.S. cities are taking a stand against gas stoves, long billed as a more convenient way to cook, because of their contribution to climate change.

Since June, a dozen cities have banned natural gas equipment in new buildings. Berkeley, California, was the first, followed in the state by San Jose, Mountain View, Santa Rosa and Brisbane. A half-dozen other cities have passed laws to strongly encourage all-electric construction without banning fossil fuels outright.

Read more: https://www.cbsnews.com/news/cities-are-banning-natural-gas-in-new-homes-because-of-climate-change/?ftag=CNM-00-10aac3a

Berkeley is banning natural gas appliances in new homes. Will other cities follow?

by Gabrielle Canon, Palm Springs Desert Sun

First went the plastic straws. Then, single-use plastic grocery bags. In Berkeley, Calif., restaurants will soon be required to offer only compostable packaging for patrons, and Styrofoam has been banned in the city since 1988.

Now, the eco-conscious enclave is becoming the first in the nation to take aim at what it calls another threat to the planet: natural-gas stoves, furnaces and water heaters. Under a landmark city ordinance unanimously passed in July, starting next year natural gas hookups won’t be allowed in all new homes and low-rise apartment buildings. Officials in the city east of San Francisco hope this is a step that better positions the town to transition toward a fully-electric future.

“We had a long list of possible policy approaches to dealing with climate,” said Berkeley City Councilmember Kate Harrison. “As we started to examine the areas that produced the most greenhouse gasses, we found that natural gas in buildings was the second-highest use after automobiles.”

Read more: https://www.vcstar.com/story/news/2019/08/12/california-city-going-electric-berkeley-bans-natural-gas/1973411001/?utm_source=usatoday-Climate%20Point&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=narrative&utm_term=article_body

US cities see blueprint for building electrification in Berkeley gas ban

by Tom DiChristopher, SP Global

A city ordinance that aims to phase out new natural gas hookups in Berkeley, Calif., offers a blueprint for other cities pursuing building electrification as part of their efforts to combat climate change. But experts cautioned that the Berkeley gas ban cannot simply be carbon-copied in other jurisdictions.

Municipal lawmakers from Massachusetts to Seattle have reached out to Berkeley City Councilwoman Kate Harrison, who spearheaded her community’s ban on gas hookups for new buildings, and sector observers said the legislation could pop up in cities with aggressive climate goals or aging gas infrastructure in need of replacement. Already, dozens of towns and cities in California alone are considering measures that would incentivize home electrification or ban gas in new structures.

Read more: https://www.spglobal.com/marketintelligence/en/news-insights/trending/sSwmx4Btz5_2uO2U-4dGsQ2

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Berkeley first city in California to ban natural gas in new buildings

By Emilie Raguso, Berkeleyside.com

The city of Berkeley will no longer allow natural gas pipes in many new buildings starting Jan. 1, 2020. It’s the first city in California to pass such a law, officials said.

The Berkeley City Council voted unanimously Tuesday night in favor of the legislation, put forward by downtown Councilwoman Kate Harrison’s office and council co-sponsors Cheryl Davila, Ben Bartlett and Sophie Hahn.

Public support was also unanimous during 45 minutes of comment from community members and representatives of the University of California’s Office of the President (UCOP), energy giant PG&E and the Sierra Club, among others who spoke.

Read more: https://www.berkeleyside.com/2019/07/17/natural-gas-pipes-now-banned-in-new-berkeley-buildings-with-some-exceptions