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Scotland ban on fossil cars 27 September 2017

First minister Nicola Sturgeon announced conventional car phase–out by 2032, eight years ahead of the rest of the UK, plus finance for a carbon capture project in Aberdeenshire
(via Climate Home)


Photo: Ruben de Rijcke

By Karl Mathiesen via Climate Home

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon declared on Tuesday that the country would end the sale of new petrol and diesel–powered cars by 2032.

In a sweeping set of policy announcements, Sturgeon also said her government would finance a carbon capture and storage project in the North Sea.

The deadline on new petrol and diesel cars puts Scotland eight years ahead of a target set by Westminster in July. France has also set a date of 2040.

“Our aim is for new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be phased out in Scotland by 2032 – the end of the period covered by our new climate change plan and eight years ahead of the target set by the UK government,” Sturgeon said on Tuesday.

“As members will be aware, we don’t currently hold powers over vehicle standards and taxation. However, we can and will take action,” she said.

“We live in a time of unprecedented global challenge and change. We face rapid advances in technology; a moral obligation to tackle climate change… These challenges are considerable, but in each of them we will find opportunity. It is our job to seize it.”

 In a recent global survey of 1,000 auto executives by KMPG, more than half of those surveyed agreed that diesel was “dead”. At the same time, they named battery electric vehicles as the number one trend in the auto industry.

Carbon Capture

Also on Tuesday, Sturgeon said her government would provide funding for the feasibility stage of the Acorn carbon capture and storage project in Aberdeenshire.

The UK’s Tory government withdrew funding from a £1 billion ($1.3bn) competition for innovative carbon capture and storage projects in 2015.

“We will continue to champion clean energy,” said Sturgeon. “The North Sea is potentially the largest carbon storage resource anywhere in Europe.

“The UK government’s withdrawal of support for key carbon capture and storage initiatives risks that potential. Westminster holds the key levers, so we will continue to press for the right policy and financial framework to be put in place.”

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