France Will Be Banning “All Petrol And Diesel Vehicles By 2040”

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France is planning to “ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040,” and unveiled its five-year plan on how it will follow through on the requirements of the Paris agreement.

The Announcement

France’s environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has said that the country is planning to “ban all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040.” He also unveiled its five-year plan on how it will follow through on the requirements of the Paris agreements. This comes just a couple of days after Volvo had announced that it plans to manufacture only electric and hybrid cars by 2019.

These are all part of French Pres. Emmanuel Macron’s plan to make sure France becomes carbon neutral by the year 2050. Hulot acknowledged that this would put a huge pressure on car manufacturers in France, but pointed out that they all had projects that “can fulfil that promise.”

He also pointed out that households with lower income would be receiving premiums in order to switch their polluting cars with clean alternatives.

“We want to demonstrate that fighting against climate change can lead to an improvement of French people’s daily lives.” he said. 

Comments On the Plan

James Thornton, the CEO of ClientEarth, reacted to this, saying: “This is a huge statement of intent from the French government and an example of how we’re likely to see exponential change in the coming years as governments grapple with the necessary changes we have to make for air quality and our climate.

“Coming hot on the heels of Volvo’s announcement yesterday, the outlook for the internal combustion engine is bleak. This is now clearly the direction of travel and industry players who are not on board will find themselves struggling before long.”

“These moves should be heeded by other governments and industry, who need to act to protect us from air pollution in our towns and cities and help mitigate climate change.”