Denmark Wants EU To Phase Out Diesel And Petrol Vehicles From 2030

Denmark is calling the European Union to issue a phase-out plan for diesel and petrol cars in a proposal that’s backed by 10 other EU countries.

The proposal, which was made during a meeting of EU environment ministers, also includes allowing the ban of sales at member state-level by 2030 as a measure against climate change, Reuters reports.

The European Commission wants to make Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050 but Denmark argues that in order to achieve this, the transport sector must decrease its emissions.

Also Read: France On Track To Ban New Petrol And Diesel Car Sales By 2040

EU’s goal is to cut carbon emissions by 40 percent by 2030, with the European Commission planning to reduce them to zero by 2050 in a bid to stop global warming. “We need to acknowledge that we are in a bit of a hurry,” Danish Climate and Energy Minister Dan Jorgensen said after the meeting.

Back in October 2018, Denmark announced that they would ban sales of all fossil fuel-powered cars by 2030, but later scrapped the idea because that was against EU rules.

Jorgensen’s new proposal now includes allowing individual member states to ban sales on diesel and petrol cars, saying that this will hopefully put pressure on the European Commission for a complete phase-out of fossil fuel-powered vehicles in the region.

“Plan A would be to make it a European ban,” the Danish minister said. However, countries like Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and others suggested that more must be done to stop the so-called “carbon-leakage” of selling used vehicles from western Europe to the eastern countries.

Jorgensen said that it’s important the EU to communicate its long-term policy directions to car makers and that Denmark will set up an alliance with the 10 countries that support its strategy to phase out diesel and petrol cars to apply more pressure on the EU.

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  • Thetruthísntalwayspopular

    yet another reason why brexit was a thing….

  • lagann

    We’ll give you (Europe) AOC and her green new deal. Would be massively popular with you guys lol.

  • Paulbe

    “Carbon leakage”.

    Those mind-control slogan makers are worth every cent they pay them.

  • Vassilis

    F.O. Denmark.

  • jimie orleg

    GOOD!!, more cheap fuel for me…………….

  • McFly

    They aren’t telling the rest what to do, they (together with 10 other countries) are suggesting a method to achieve the goals that are already set.

    Denmark are also trying to stop the EU from prohibiting countries from stopping the sales of ICE cars. If any country wants to stop selling them, shouldn’t they be allowed to?

    I.E: should the US federal government be allowed to force Nevada to sell products they don’t want to sell?

  • Sukhoi31m3

    Good. Let the Danes perfect the electric vehicle. Then we’ll take a look at it. If by 2050 Europe has gotten EVs to an acceptable range with short charge times that’ll be great! Only problem I see is, I’ll be dead before it all gets done.
    Oh well… gotta run fill the car up….

  • Danmark is a smal (Groenland doesn’t count when it comes to cars)l rich country… sure no diesel and petrol cars sales in 21 years in EU. LOL Sure that’s realistic. And clean Europe comes at the price of dirty Asia and Africa.

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