Sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will be phased out by 2030, as part of the Prime Minister’s ‘green industrial revolution’.
The move brings the ban on new conventional cars and vans forward by a decade, though the sale of some hybrid vehicles will be allowed until 2035.
To support the move Boris Johnson has announced.
£1.3 billion to accelerate the rollout of charge points for electric vehicles in homes, streets, and on motorways across England.
£582 million in grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them cheaper to buy and incentivise more people to make the transition.
Nearly £500 million to be spent in the next four years for the development and mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries.
The plan which is part of the PM’s mission to level up across the country – will mobilise £12 billion of government investment to create and support up to 250,000 highly-skilled green jobs in the UK, and spur over three times as much private sector investment by 2030.
There is also funding to have the UK’s first town entirely heated by hydrogen by the end of the decade, a renewed push on nuclear power and support for restoring nature and for walking and cycling.
Mr Johnson, who has already highlighted plans to power every home in the country by offshore wind farms within 10 years, said the moves would support up to 250,000 jobs.
The 10 point plan includes
- Offshore wind: Producing enough offshore wind to power every home, quadrupling how much we produce to 40GW by 2030, supporting up to 60,000 jobs.
- Hydrogen: Working with industry aiming to generate 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industry, transport, power and homes, and aiming to develop the first town heated entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
- Nuclear: Advancing nuclear as a clean energy source, across large scale nuclear and developing the next generation of small and advanced reactors, which could support 10,000 jobs.
- Electric vehicles: Backing our world-leading car manufacturing bases including in the West Midlands, North East and North Wales to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles, and transforming our national infrastructure to better support electric vehicles.
- Public transport, cycling and walking: Making cycling and walking more attractive ways to travel and investing in zero-emission public transport of the future.
- Jet Zero and greener maritime: Supporting difficult-to-decarbonise industries to become greener through research projects for zero-emission planes and ships.
- Homes and public buildings: Making our homes, schools and hospitals greener, warmer and more energy efficient, whilst creating 50,000 jobs by 2030, and a target to install 600,000 heat pumps every year by 2028.
- Carbon capture: Becoming a world-leader in technology to capture and store harmful emissions away from the atmosphere, with a target to remove 10MT of carbon dioxide by 2030, equivalent to all emissions of the industrial Humber today.
- Nature: Protecting and restoring our natural environment, planting 30,000 hectares of trees every year, whilst creating and retaining thousands of jobs.
- Innovation and finance: Developing the cutting-edge technologies needed to reach these new energy ambitions and make the City of London the global centre of green finance.
Prime Minister Boris Johnson said:
“Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, I haven’t lost sight of our ambitious plans to level up across the country. My Ten Point Plan will create, support and protect hundreds of thousands of green jobs, whilst making strides towards net zero by 2050.
Our green industrial revolution will be powered by the wind turbines of Scotland and the North East, propelled by the electric vehicles made in the Midlands and advanced by the latest technologies developed in Wales, so we can look ahead to a more prosperous, greener future”
Labour’s Shadow Business and Energy Secretary Ed Miliband criticised the announcement
“The funding in the Government’s long-awaited 10-point plan doesn’t remotely meet the scale of what’s needed to tackle the unemployment emergency and climate emergency we are facing and pales in comparison to the tens of billions committed by France and Germany.
Only a fraction of the funding announced today is new. We don’t need rebadged funding pots and reheated pledges, but an ambitious plan that meets the scale of the task we are facing and – crucially – creates jobs now.
Labour called for the Government to bring forward £30bn capital investment over 18 months as part of a rapid stimulus package to support 400,000 new low-carbon jobs. Make no mistake – this announcement from government falls well short of what’s required.”
This marks the beginning of the UK’s path to net zero, with further plans to reduce emissions whilst creating jobs to follow over the next year in the run-up to the international COP26 climate summit in Glasgow next year.
Greenpeace UK’s Rebecca Newsom, said:
“This landmark announcement signals the end of the road for polluting cars and vans and a historic turning point on climate action. While switching to electric vehicles is no panacea, ditching new polluting petrol and diesel in 2030 could put the government back on track to meeting its climate commitments.
“Now we need to ensure the funding for charging infrastructure is used effectively to roll it out right across the UK, along with mandates for manufacturers to ramp up EV production, and support workers to retrain and reskill.
“It’s a shame the Prime Minister remains fixated on other speculative solutions, such as nuclear and hydrogen from fossil fuels, that will not be taking us to zero emissions anytime soon, if ever. But although there are some significant question marks and gaps, overall this is a big step forward for tackling the climate emergency.”
MP for Batley and Spen Tracy Brabin said:
“We’ve had headlines before and not seen funding and jobs follow, we’ve been hearing this since David Cameron hugged a husky. If the government wants to finally take climate change and green jobs seriously I’d welcome that, but this seems like a half-baked plan to me.
There remains no guarantee that if government funding does materialise it will create UK jobs, rather than contracts delivered overseas with profits for shareholders, not communities. The government needs to deliver a detailed, workable plan that gives the manufacturing industry – as just one example – some security. Let’s see the investment in Hydrogen and the plan for practically delivering on it – West Yorkshire is ready and willing to deliver, we just need the funding and support.”