Though the broader policy focuses on jobs, technology, investment and industry, the transport component is substantial, and brings forward a ban set less than a year ago for 2040 to the year 2030, making this policy a stark and imminent reality for UK companies and consumers alike.
The UK government has formally announced its much-anticipated plan to ban the sale of combustion engine years by the year 2030, as part of a broader ‘ten point plan’ for a ‘green industrial revolution’.
The announcement comes only hours after a new alliance between Tesla, Rivian and Uber was announced in Washington, named “Zeta 2030“, targeting 100% electric vehicle sales as market share by 2030. The move has been spurred by the breaking of the alliance between US utilities and fossil fuel companies, with the former turning to electric vehicles in response to that falling out, writes The Atlantic’s Robinson Meyer.
These new 2030 ambitions come at a time when the growth of zero emissions vehicles in the UK is increasing, but at a rate that is too slow for the country to be on track to hit emissions targets. The market share of electric vehicles in new car sales grew from 0.9% in 2019 to 4.6% in 2020. At this rate of growth, it would be another 25 years before EVs came to dominate new car sales. This has brought the attention of an active policy to ban the sale of combustion engines to the attention of climate policymakers and climate groups […]
Martin comments: So the 2030 Agenda isn’t real, eh? Here’s the first step in a future where personal transportation becomes increasingly rare and government controlled transportation infrastructure becomes the “new normal”. Bear in mind Evs have a short life span and are only a short term “jump” from private car to Public Transport reliance. This “Green Industrial” technology would be fine if were in fact green. Which it isn’t. Unless you count the radioactive glow from toxic sludge. See below:
China’s State Council reported that the country’s rare earths operations are causing “increasingly significant” environmental problems. A half century of rare earths mining and processing has “severely damaged surface vegetation, caused soil erosion, pollution, and acidification, and reduced or even eliminated food crop output,” the council reported, adding that Chinese rare earths plants typically produce wastewater with a “high concentration” of radioactive residues.
Bayan-Obo, China’s largest rare earths project, has been operating for more than four decades. According to the Germany-based Institute for Applied Ecology, the site now has an 11-square-kilometer waste pond — about three times the size of New York City’s Central Park — with toxic sludge that contains elevated concentrations of thorium.
China’s lax environmental standards have enabled it to produce rare earths at roughly a third the price of its international competitors, according to a 2010 report on the country’s rare earths industry by the Washington-based Institute for the Analysis of Global Security. The report noted that China “has never actually worked out pollutant discharge standards for the rare earth industry.”https://e360.yale.edu/features/boom_in_mining_rare_earths_poses_mounting_toxic_risks#:~:text=A%20half%20century%20of%20rare,with%20a%20%E2%80%9Chigh%20concentration%E2%80%9D%20of