The Great Britain (GB) according to the 10-point plan for a “green industrial revolution” has said the use and sales of petrol and diesel vehicle is going to be banned from 2030. The “green industrial revolution” is set to be unveiled on Wednesday 25 November, 2020 by British Prime Minister, Boris Johnson.
The British premier has set aside a whooping £12 billion (13.4 billion Euros, $15.9 billion) to execute the wide-ranging plans. Boris Johnson posits it will secure up to 250,000 employment opportunities as well as help in meeting a set target for the United Kingdom to become carbon neutral by the year 2050.
As planned, a quadrupling offshore wind power within a decade is included in the proposals with other strategic plans to scale up hydrogen production capacity for homes, industry, transport and power.
More investment is expected in the use of zero-emission public transport, while an in-depth research into production of zero-emission planes and ships will be on-going, as well as in designing “more attractive” mode of cycling and walking.
The plans contain broader aims to make Britain a “world-leader” in carbon capture technology and the City of London a “global centre of green finance”.
The GB government will be spending a sum of £525 million on developing both large and small scale nuclear plants, and new advanced modular reactors, which has been presumed to upset many environmentalists within and offshore of the country.
Boris Johnson is full of hopes that the ambitious proposals will deliver on pledges to ameliorate the rate of stark regional inequality within the Great Britain as well as amend some of the economic damage heavily caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.
More so, the plan is considered to be an opportunity to reset faltering government while aligning with Joe Biden, US President-elect’s priorities before the hosting of global climate talks by the GB next December.
Johnson iterates, “My 10-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.”
– ‘Speculative solutions’ –
The Britain putting of ban from 2030 on petrol and diesel vehicles aligns with Downing Street definition of “extensive consultation with car manufacturers and sellers”.
Johnson had earlier claimed in February 2020 that his government would target 2035 to be the end of sales of such vehicles, but will based on the new plan, it will only permits sales of hybrid vehicles till 2035.
Based on the new plans, a sum of £1.3 billion will be invested on expanding electric vehicle charge points in homes and streets across England while another sum of £582 million will be provided in grants for people to purchase zero or ultra-low emission vehicles upon availability.
Meanwhile, in another subsequent four year spree a sum of nearly £500 million spending will be used for the development and production of batteries for the electric vehicle.
In proposals meant to reduce carbon-emitting gas usage, a sum of £500 million is set aside to trial using hydrogen in homes for cooking and heating.
The United Kingdom government is targeting to build a so-called “Hydrogen Neighbourhood” within a total of three years, a “Hydrogen Village” by 2025, and a town of tens of thousands of homes designed to use the gas by the end of the decade in 2030.
In order to make homes and public buildings to be more energy-efficient, a grant of £1 billion was launched in a scheme in September, and now to be extended for a year.
Greenpeace welcomed the package and the “landmark announcement” on vehicles.
The pressure group has referred to the plan as “a historic turning point on climate action” that could “put the government back on track to meeting its climate commitments”.
“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,” it added.