Bans on petrol, diesel cars to intensify in Europe
Spain plans to propose a ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2040
Spain plans to propose a ban on sales of petrol, diesel and hybrid cars from 2040, government sources say, joining a string of European countries taking aim at polluting vehicles to help cut greenhouse gas emissions. The plan is included in a draft document for a law on climate change that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government hopes to present to parliament by the end of 2018. “Some of the most important necessary changes affect transport,” the document reads. “From 2040, the registration and sale in Spain of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles that directly emit carbon dioxide will not be permitted.” Britain and France have already pledged to ban petrol and diesel cars from 2040, which will mean big changes for the global car industry and put a squeeze on oil producers’ profits. Some British politicians have said London should bring the ban forward to 2032, a more ambitious deadline already adopted by Scotland, while Denmark wants to make the move by 2030. Under the cu...