The Energy Secretary has confirmed that the UK will stick with its intention to ban all diesel and petrol vehicle sales from 2030.
As the Government announces a raft of environmental policies, Grant Shapps is quoted in the Daily Mail as saying “We have set out our path which is by 2030, the end of the sale of pure petrol and diesel. We have set out our path which is by 2030, the end of the sale of pure petrol and diesel.”
His comments follow an EU decision to allow internal combustion engine car sales after 2035 provided they burn carbon-neutral “e-fuels”.
“I appreciate the German car industry has its own particular take on this,” Mr Shapps is quoted as saying. “Our plan at the moment does not have an exemption for e-fuels, but there is that five-year period to deal with as well… This is not a change of policy – we are sticking with our plans. We are not in Europe, we don’t have to do what Europe does on this stuff – we’ve always been more forward leaning on this stuff than the EU.”
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