Government science and technology committee claims even EVs won't help to achieve targets and calls for petrol and diesel ban to be brought forward
22 August 2019

Private car ownership needs to end and vehicle use should be cut if the UK is to become a carbon-neutral country by 2050, a committee of MPs has claimed.

A scathing report by the cross-party Science and Technology Select Committee claims the Government “should not aim to achieve emissions reductions simply be replacing existing vehicles with lower-emissions versions”. 

The report highlights the fact that the process of manufacturing alternative fuel vehicles, such as EVs, still produces “substantial” emissions. It casts uncertainty on the future of personal transport and owning your own car, saying: “In the long term, widespread personal vehicle ownership does not appear to be compatible with significant decarbonisation." 

Despite this, the committee says that, for the time being, the Government should increase efforts to incentivise take-up of cars producing zero local emissions. It points out that the plug-in car grant was cut for EVs and removed entirely for plug-in hybrids, yet fuel duty has been frozen for nine years. 

Further points made include a need for the Government to co-operate with landowners to increase installations of EV charging points, particularly in shared facilities such as apartments. 

Once again, the plan to ban the sale of all conventional petrol and diesel cars by 2040 (and 2032 in Scotland) was criticised for not coming soon enough. “The UK is not even on course to meet its existing legal binding targets for 2023 and 2032,” it said. 

It called for ultra-low-emissions vehicles to account for around 60% of new car sales by 2030, with "the possibility" of raising that to 100% by 2035.

Government advisors call for 2030 petrol and diesel ban

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22 August 2019

"Climate Change" is the new Organised Religion - both fancy CONTROLLING the human from cradle to grave

289

22 August 2019

....absolutely agree.

Of course it would be one rule for the electorate and one for the politicians....they would still have chaueffer driven cars and unecessary travel.

Used car values could really take off of course.

Pricing ICE's off the road through taxation would be a death sentence for any government as people living in the countryside dont have (and probably never will), have an alternative means of transport.

22 August 2019
289 wrote:

....absolutely agree.

Of course it would be one rule for the electorate and one for the politicians....they would still have chaueffer driven cars and unecessary travel.

Used car values could really take off of course.

Pricing ICE's off the road through taxation would be a death sentence for any government as people living in the countryside dont have (and probably never will), have an alternative means of transport.

Motorists are easy targets. Should focus on marine and aviation emissions cuts. Let's just all move to the USA were they do not give a shite! Free plastic bags, twin turbo 3.5L V6 petrol ecoboost Ford transit vans, and lovely weather.

23 August 2019

No mate it's fact. The world is burning, even in the Arctic circle

23 August 2019
veggiesossage wrote:

No mate it's fact. The world is burning, even in the Arctic circle

 

Indeed... but anything we try is pointless unless the Chinese and US change.

The UK aren't that big of a polluter at all by comparison.

We absolutely need to continue to push ourselves, as we are doing, and act as an example. However, unless we can convince the chinese to stop building coal-fired power plants and US to stop buying lazy V8 pickups it is all pointless.

Absolutely campaign, but our government are already on the gravy train - so no point bringing London to a halt causing MASSIVE amounts of additional emissions......

22 August 2019

Yet again car ownership is to blame for everything.

Once everyone (well, decent law-abiding taxpayers) are not allowed to own a car but the planet will still be dying, I wonder if these 'experts' will be allowed to acknowledge common sense and logic to address the real issues causing problems for the environment and a deterioration in society?

 

Everyone has a right to an opinion - don't confuse that with insulting your mother :-)

23 August 2019

The report certainly doesn't say that private car ownership is to blame for 'everything', might be time to get a grip here.

Look to the future and the tech available eg hydrogen based power, think about your kids and slow down a bit mate

22 August 2019

 Thirty years behind, back then nobody listened then either, but, how to make these suggestions work?, does Government make it that your next Cat is EV powered?, if so, how are we going to afford one?, it’s a vicious circle.

Peter Cavellini.

22 August 2019

By parking up your Mercedes etc. Thought not.

typos1 - Just can’t respect opinion

22 August 2019

"Private car ownership needs to end and vehicle use should be cut..."

Great isn't it. No doubt these are the same MP's who wish to support the British Car Industry? Or let me put it another way, is there any one of those MP's who'll admit to wanting the car industry to end? - all those hundreds of thousands of Jobs directly and indirectly linked to design and manufacture?

 

I'll bet they keep their opinions close to their chests when the next general election occurs.

 

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