A ban on the sale of new petrol, diesel and hybrid cars is to be brought forward, the government says.
So how could the move help the UK meet its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050? And what does it mean for drivers?
When will petrol and diesel cars be banned?
The ban is being introduced in 2035 - five years earlier than previously planned.
Experts said the original target of 2040 would be too late if the UK wanted to achieve its target of emitting virtually zero carbon by 2050.
The ban is also being expanded to hybrid cars and plug-in hybrids, which had not been included under the original proposals.
As a result, people will be able to buy only electric or hydrogen cars and vans.
What difference will it make to climate change?
About a third of CO2 emissions in the UK come from transport.
So the ban on conventional car sales will certainly help move the UK towards the net-zero target the government announced in 2019.
Full article posted on BBC website on 4th Feb 2020 at https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-40726868