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The gradual switch from fossil fuels to zero emissions alternatives has already begun– more and more companies are offering electricity-powered cars, and hydrogen cars are on the way.
As we know, the co2 emissions associated with petrol and diesel engines are harmful for the environment – not the mention carbon monoxide and other nasties. They are attributed to inner-city pollution and climate change. Fossil fuels are also a finite resource and are being extracted at a worrying rate. Switching to cleaner alternative fuels is a no brainer, it would seem.
The Norwegian government recently announced that Norway will be emission free by 2025 – making the Scandinavian country the first to set this precedent. This means that driving a car powered by petrol or diesel will be illegal. The pioneering country generates the majority of its electricity by hydroelectricity anyway – meaning fossil fuels will become almost obsolete.
This news brought positive plaudits from many prominent figures:
Following on from this great news, Germany has announced that they too, will be banning petrol and diesel cars by 2030.
In a bid to encourage the development of electric vehicles, the German government is offering subsidies to those buying EVs and hopes to have half a million emissions-free vehicles on its roads by 2020. By 2030, it plans to have 6 million EVs and hybrids registered.
The Dutch government has also mooted the move by 2025- The Dutch parliament will strive towards all-electric sales by midway through the next decade if the senate decides to pass the motion into law.
We hope that these three exemplary nations will kick-start a green revolution, and many other nations will follow suite!