Ban on new petrol and diesel cars in UK from 2030 under PM’s green plan

By Roger Harrabin
BBC environment analyst

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  • Climate change

image copyrightPA Mediaimage caption£1.3bn will be invested in electric vehicle charging points as part of the plan

New cars and vans powered wholly by petrol and diesel will not be sold in the UK from 2030, Boris Johnson has said.

But some hybrids would still be allowed, he confirmed.

It is part of what the prime minister calls a "green industrial revolution" to tackle climate change and create jobs in industries such as nuclear.

Critics of the plan say the £4bn allocated is far too small for the scale of the challenge.

The total amount of new money announced in the package is a 25th of the projected £100bn cost of high-speed rail, HS2.

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Business Secretary Alok Sharma told BBC Breakfast it was part of a broader £12bn package of public investment, which "will help to bring in three times as much in terms of private sector money".

Mr Sharma, who is also president of the COP26 international climate summit that the UK will host next year, said the money would also support the creation of 250,000 green and "high value-added" jobs in parts of the UK "where we want to see levelling up".

The plan includes provision for a large nuclear plant – likely to be at Sizewell in Suffolk – and for advanced small nuclear reactors, which it is hoped, will create an estimated 10,000 jobs at Rolls-Royce and other firms.

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