UK needs to address petrol and diesel ahead of 2030 car ban

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Between 2030 and 2035, new cars and vans can be sold if they have the capability to drive a significant distance with zero emissions. Petrol, diesel and hybrid HGVs over 26 tonnes could be banned from 2040, subject to a Government consultation.

Last month, Monika Dernai, sustainability team lead at BMW, told an audience in London that the automotive industry could reduce waste by encouraging people to hang on to their existing cars.

She suggested that drivers could retrofit them with upgrades to keep them fresh instead of constantly buying new models.

Dernai added that skills could be developed so that an old seat could be replaced with a new seat, refreshing the car without scrapping the car entirely.

Nawaz Haq, executive director of SulNox Group Plc, said the cost of living crisis was having a major impact on car buying habits.

He warned that with many people struggling with money, electric car sales will slow down with more petrol and diesel cars on the road beyond 2030.

Mr Haq added: “Banning the sale of petrol and diesel cars in 2030 will not suddenly see them disappear from the roads.

“In fact, with the current pressures on people’s incomes likely to last for some time to come, we may well see people holding onto their cars for longer – EVs are already prohibitively expensive for many people.

“Now we have BMW, one of the leading car manufacturers in the world, telling people to keep hold of their cars and, much like a house, do up the inside to keep it feeling fresh.

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“Rather than wait for alternatives like electric vehicles to dominate the market, we need to tackle the emissions of current petrol and diesel cars today. 

“This is even more crucial because of emerging evidence that acting slowly causes more harm than acting right away.”

Mr Haq pointed to research by data analyst Ketan Joshi which looked at different scenarios for reaching net zero by 2050. 

His analysis showed that leaving meaningful action until just before the 2050 deadline meant far more emissions being released up to that date. 

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Nawaz Haq acknowledged the push for net zero and the work being done to achieve it, saying: “Time is of the essence.

“We know there are a lot of alternative solutions to fossil fuels being worked on, and that is absolutely as it should be, but many of these are years, if not decades, away from having a significant impact, and what nobody is talking about is the damage that is being done in the meantime. 

“The net zero deadline of 2050 is a generation away and the harm that could be done in that time is immeasurable.”

London-based SulNOx Group specialises in providing responsible solutions towards the decarbonisation of liquid hydrocarbon fuels. 

Through extensive real-world road tests, its all-natural SulNOxEco Fuel Conditioners have been proven to reduce fuel consumption by around 10 percent representing significant reductions in greenhouse gases. 

The technology also reduces the production of particulate matter PM10 and PM2.5. In tests, its products have been shown to reduce PM2.5 by over 60 percent.

Alok Sharma, President of last year’s COP26, said the Zero Emission Vehicle Declaration signed at the climate conference was a major milestone.

It is expected to bring together leading actors to accelerate the transition to 100 percent new car sales being zero emission by 2040, and 2035 in leading markets.

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