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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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Read More: https://abcnews.go.com/Business/uk-ban-selling-gas-diesel-cars-2030/story?id=74274466

Electric dream: Britain to ban new petrol and hybrid cars from 2035

by Kylie MacLellan, Reuters


Highlights:

Following a growing trend in Europe, Britain is the next country to announce the phase-out of internal combustion engine cars within the next 15 years. This includes all diesel, petrol, and hybrid vehicles. 

  • Though traditional cars make up 90% of new vehicle sales in Britain, the government is investing over $3 million USD in electric vehicle infrastructure
  • Prime Minister Boris Johnson also announced the phase-out of all coal plants by 2024

Transitioning from internal combustion engine cars to electric vehicles is a key component of The Climate Center’s sustainable mobility work.


Read More: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-climate-change-accord/electric-future-britain-to-ban-new-petrol-and-hybrid-cars-from-2035-idUSKBN1ZX2RY

British carbon tax leads to 93% drop in coal-fired electricity

by University College London, Phys.org


Highlights:

The carbon tax legislation, known as the Carbon Price Support, has resulted in a 93% decrease of electricity generated by coal in the UK.

  • The tax was introduced in 2013 but the energy sector saw a vast decrease in coal dependency once the tax was increased in 2015
  • Coal generation was replaced with other emitters like gas and resulted in electricity imports from neighboring countries
  • Great Britain hopes to be a positive influence to it’s European neighbors by showing how beneficial a carbon tax can be for the environment and economy

The Climate Center focuses on getting a price on carbon that reflects the actual cost of fossil fuel to our economy and environment, and includes climate dividends.


Read More: https://phys.org/news/2020-01-british-carbon-tax-coal-fired-electricity.html