France plans to ban sale of petrol, diesel vehicles by 2040 under Paris Climate Accord
 Source : News Bharati English  Date : 07-Jul-2017

Paris, July 7: Seeing to the hazardous consequences of pollution, France has announced to end sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. Notably, air pollution is caused due to the release of chemicals and particulates into the atmosphere due to which has affected both human and animals equally.

Notably, Emmanuel Macron’s government on Thursday took a grand decision of ending sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 as a part of an ambitious plan to meet its targets under the Paris climate accord. The country’s new Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot said, “We are announcing an end to the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2040.” Hulot added that the move was a “veritable revolution”.

He said it would be a “tough” objective for carmakers but France’s industry was well equipped to make the switch. “Our makers have enough ideas in the drawer to nurture and bring about this promise which is also a public health issue.”  Hulot also insisted that the decision was a question of public health policy and “a way to fight against air pollution”. 

However, the decision of France government came a day after Volvo said it would only make fully electric or hybrid cars from 2019 onwards. On the other side, Norway has the highest penetration of electric cars in the world, has set a target of only allowing sales of 100% electric or plug-in hybrid cars by 2025.

Several European countries also planned to reduce the amount of petrol and diesel cars and replace it with cleaner hybrid or all-electric vehicles. Germany aims to put one million electric cars on the road by 2020. In 2016, hybrid and electric cars accounted for 3.6 percent of new cars registered in Western Europe.

India, where scores of cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore etc are blighted by dangerous air pollution, is mulling the idea of no longer selling petrol or diesel cars by 2030 wants to introduce electric cars in “a very big way”.