SMMT Speaks Out Against UK Banning All Combustion Engine Vehicles By 2035

Cheryl Sanders
February 5, 2020

It comes after Claire O'Neill, a former Conservative minister for energy and clean growth, was sacked from the role.

"We have to deal with our Carbon dioxide emissions, and that is why the U.K.is calling for us to get to net zero as soon as possible, to get every country to announce credible targets to get there - that's what we want from Glasgow" Johnson said.

The ban poses a threat to German jobs as Britain is the biggest export market for its vehicle manufacturers, amounting to about 20 percent of global sales, and electric cars take less time to build than combustion-engined or hybrid variants.

Johnson was to make the announcement at an event launching the 2019 United Nations Climate Change conference, COP26, which will be held in Glasgow in November.

"A date without a plan will merely destroy value today".


Boris Johnson refused to give Nicola Sturgeon on official role in the Glasgow Cop26 climate summit, according to the event's former co-ordinator.

Johnson's call to arms on climate - which was endorsed by Sir David Attenborough - casts Australia even more bleakly as a backwards Colonial outpost, where the resumption of parliament this week was marked by a failed coup and a couple of high profile departures, and a renewed commitment to coal.

"As a country, as a society, as a planet and as a species, we must now act", he said, and called on all governments to follow Britain's lead in setting a target of net zero emissions by 2050.

At an event attended by David Attenborough, Johnson will call for worldwide efforts to reach net zero as early as possible through investment in cleaner technology and protection of natural habitat - which will also help reverse losses in wildlife.

Mrs O'Neill spoke out as the Government unveiled plans for the ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles, including hybrids, to be brought forward by five years to 2035.


As such, the PM should view this as an opportunity to prove Ms O'Neill and other vocal critics wrong before Britain hosts a global summit on climate change later this year. "2020 must be the year we turn the tide on global warming - it will be the year when we choose a cleaner, greener future for all". According to Reuters, she told listeners, "My advice to anybody to whom Boris is making promises - whether it is voters, world leaders, ministers, employees or indeed family members - is to get it in writing, get a lawyer to look at it, and make sure the money is in the bank". More than a dozen countries around the world have announced plans to crack down on new sales of gas and diesel vehiclesin the next decade or two.

Climate activists have also lambasted the government for failing to devise a clear plan to achieve its emissions target, while XR warns that the 2050 deadline is far too late.

The war on gas guzzling cars is a key part of stopping climate change, particularly in countries like the UK. Why?

"We welcome the Government's proposals to bring forward the target for the ending of the sale of IC-engine cars from 2040 to 2035" said Mr Eastlake.

"The government must now quickly implement the regulations needed to make it happen by requiring carmakers to sell increasing numbers of zero-emission cars every year until the phase-out is complete".


Hybrid vehicles have seemed the sensible option for many environmentally concerned people awaiting the electric vehicles revolution.

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