Prime Minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday night announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as part of a £12 billion green agenda, including £1.3 billion to rollout charge-points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England.
He disclosed this while outlining his 10-point plan for a ‘UK Green Industrial Revolution’. According to Johnson,£582 million has been allocated as grants for those buying zero or ultra-low emission vehicles to make them very affordable to buy and incentivise more people to make the transition.
Over the next four years for the development nearly £500 million will be spent as well as the mass-scale production of electric vehicle batteries, officials said, adding that the agreement on the ban on sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 had been made with car manufacturers and sellers.
Johnson said: “Although this year has taken a very different path to the one we expected, the UK is looking to the future and seizing the opportunity to build back greener. The recovery of our planet and of our economies can and must go hand-in-hand”.
“As we look ahead to hosting the COP26 climate summit next year, I am setting out an ambitious plan for a green industrial revolution that will transform the way we live in the UK. This is a shared global challenge – every country in the world needs to take action to secure the future of the planet for our children, grandchildren and generations to come,” he added.
According to officials, the agenda covers clean energy, transport, nature and innovative technologies.
The ten-point plan include investing in zero-emission public transport of the future, also producing enough offshore wind to power every home.
The ten-point plan also envisages and aims at generating 5GW of low carbon hydrogen production capacity by 2030 for industries, transport, power and homes, developing the first town powered entirely by hydrogen by the end of the decade.
Johnson announced £500 million for the hydrogen-related plan that includes trialling homes using hydrogen for heating and cooking, starting with a Hydrogen Neighbourhood in 2023, moving to a Hydrogen Village by 2025, with an aim for a Hydrogen Town .
An allocation of £525 million has been granted to aid the development large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and also research and develop new advanced modular reactors
£1 billion has also been allocated to be used next year to create new and existing homes and public buildings more efficient, greener and comfortable.