Speaking at a launch event for COP26, Prime Minister Boris Johnson confirmed that the phase-out of petrol and diesel cars will be brought forward from 2040 to 2035.
Subject to consultation, the phase-out could be earlier still if a faster transition is proven to be feasible, the government confirmed. Johnson also used his speech to call for international efforts to reach net zero as early as possible through investment in cleaner, greener technology, preservation of the natural habit and measures to improve resilience to climate change impact.
The announcement of a faster phase-out was welcomed by industry, though the government was warned further action was still needed. Fiona Howarth, CEO of Octopus Electric Vehicles, stressed “key measures” must follow to back up the pledge, while Helen Clarkson, CEO of The Climate Group suggested 2030 as a better date or the UK would risk being placed “out of step with our international peers”.