Scotland rejects influence of car industry and begins phasing out diesel and petroleum powered vehicles.
Ambitious to hold their position as a world leader in renewable energies and carbon emission reduction, Scotland has announced the sale of new petroleum and diesel powered cars will be officially banned by 2032. In order to position electric cars for prevalence in the transport sector, a nationwide network of charging stations will be implemented.
The change comes in response to urban air quality concerns, as well as following VW’s dieselgate scandal, when Volkswagen admitted to cheating carbon emission tests by rigging car’s software. Since the serious influence of car industries on government was revealed, leaders are eager to get out from under the fossil fuel fog and achieve Paris Agreement goals for the UK.
Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said in a statement, ”Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032—the end of the period covered by our new climate change plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK government.”
— Scottish Government (@scotgov) September 5, 2017
“We live in a time of unprecedented global challenge and change,” Sturgeon went on to explain. “We face rapid advances in technology; a moral obligation to tackle climate change … These challenges are considerable, but in each of them we will find opportunity. It is our job to seize it.”
Earlier this year in March, Scotland set a new record for generation of wind power, supplying 136% household energy needs— or 58% of total consumption requirements for the country. Scotland has promised to be at least 50% powered by renewables by 2030 (including heat, transport, and electricity). Last year in another memorable victory, Scotland banned fracking forever.
Other moves by the northern UK state include funding of carbon capture and storage projects in the North Sea— which Sturgeon called “potentially the largest carbon storage resource anywhere in Europe.” Scotland’s decision to financially back the Acorn CCS Project comes after the government controversially pulled funding of a national carbon competition, just six months before the £1bn prize was scheduled to be awarded.
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