As the effects of climate change continue to intensify across the globe, it has become clear that immediate action is needed to combat this crisis. Europe and the world have recently witnessed unprecedented heatwaves, melting glaciers, and rapidly rising temperatures. One crucial step towards a sustainable future is the proposed ban on new petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
The consequences of delaying the transition away from fossil-fuel cars are severe and irresponsible. Instead, it is vital that we focus on accelerating the adoption of electric and other zero-emission vehicles. To achieve this, we must work towards driving down the prices of these eco-friendly alternatives so that more people can afford to make the switch.
With costs having already fallen significantly and projected to continue declining as the electric car industry expands, studies illustrate that electric vehicles will soon have a lower sticker price than their fossil-fuel alternatives. Embracing the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars will not only have a positive impact on the environment but also help boost the accessibility and adoption of electric vehicles.
Moreover, delaying the introduction of this vital target would not only restrict our ability to tackle climate change but also discourage the much-needed investments, job opportunities, and innovations in the clean energy sector. The proposed 2030 ban, sends a clear signal to businesses and investors that the shift to sustainable transportation is both essential and inevitable, encouraging the development of green technologies and sustainable practices.
I will continue to call on the Government to stay committed to the 2030 ban on new petrol and diesel cars. Tackling climate change is not something that can be delayed. We must work together to secure a cleaner, greener and more sustainable future for generations to come.