France has vowed they will be banning all diesel cars and petrol by the year 2040, joining a host of European and Asian countries that have made the same vow.
The move was championed by Emmanuel Macron’s new government in a bid to make the world a cleaner and greener place. The Ecology minister, Nicholas Hulot made the announcement at a press conference yesterday.
We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.
Though the specifics of the plan are not yet finalised, it is a step in the right direction.
The plan will involve funding poorer households to replace their diesel cars with electric cars, but it is still unknown what will happen to the thousands and thousands of fossil fuelled cars currently existing. This ties in with Volvo’s announcement made earlier this week that by 2019-2021 all of their models will have a hybrid engine of some form. Hulot is hoping other car manufacturers will follow suit.
France is the forerunner in green energy, vowing to be completely carbon neutral by 2050. Coal usage will stop by 2022, and nuclear energy will demise from 75 percent to 50 percent.
This comes off the back of the Paris Climate Agreement that dealt with reducing the amount of greenhouse gas emissions mitigation, adaption and finance. Every country in the agreement determines and maps out and regularly reports their contribution to the mitigation of global warming.
Donald Trump controversially withdrew from the agreement this year, causing widespread condemnation of his office. Soon leaders from around the world will meet for the G20 summit, with climate change being number one on the agenda.
France is paving the way for a cleaner, greener tomorrow, setting an example the world should follow.