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It Is Imperative That You Exercise Your Right To Comment On The Consultation, To Make Our World A Better Place For Current And Future Generations i.e. Lower Air Pollution! 

Update: 18th November 2020: It is finally official! Prime Minister Boris Johnson has confirmed the UK governments intention to ban the sale of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles. From 2030, new petrol or diesel cars or vans will not be sold in the United Kingdom.

We at e-zoomed applaud the UK government for its vision and commitment to creating a road transportation framework that has a lower detrimental impact on society and environment. The ban is part of a 10-point plan set out by the government to achieve its target of becoming carbon neutral by 2050.

According to the Prime Minister, the UK government will “invest more than £2.8 billion in electric vehicles, lacing the land with charging points and creating long-lasting batteries in UK gigafactories.”

The ban of polluting internal combustion engine (ICE) diesel and petrol vehicles has been firmly in the headlines over the past few days, as the UK government intends to bring forward the date of the ban to 2035, but could be potentially as early as 2032.  

The government first announced its intention to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles in its Road to Zero Strategy (July 2018).  The government envisioned the following:

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UK Government Road to Zero Strategy Document

  • Put the UK at the forefront of design and manufacturer of zero-emission vehicles. 
  • For all new cars and vans to be effectively zero-emission by 2040 i.e. end the sale of new conventional petrol and diesel cars and vans by 2040. 
  • By 2050 all cars and vans to be zero-emission
  • At least 50%, and as many as 70% new cars and vans sold being ultra low emission by 2030. 
  • Up to 40% of new van sales being ultra low emission by 2030.

It is clear from the above Road to Zero objectives that despite the sale of new petrol and diesel cars and vans to be terminated by 2040, used internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles will continue to travel on our roads.  In fact, for another decade, till 2050, when all internal combustion engine vehicles will be banned.  

In our view at the time of the release of the Road to Zero Strategy document, we felt that the government had not been bold enough in its ambition to migrate the United Kingdom to emission-free road transportation.  However, the governments change in position to bring forward the date for the ban is a decisive and positive step in curbing the harmful effects of air pollution and mitigating the risks associated with climate change

We would also urge the government to ban used ICE vehicles from 2032 i.e. we should migrate 100% to emission-free road transportation of passenger cars and commercial vehicles.  

The UK government is currently conducting the consultation process on the revised dates for the ban and has invited members of the public to send their view.  

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We cannot stress enough the importance of your opinion in helping us prosper sooner than later in an emission-free environment.     Every opinion matters and no individual should waste such an opportunity to make a positive and significant change for our communities.  By moving the ban forward, we will:

  • Reduce air pollution, in particular harmful pollutants as a result of tailpipe emissions
  • Reduce the incidence of illnesses and deaths as a result of emissions from road transportation.
  • Protect the vulnerable, in particular, the children and the elderly.
  • Mitigate risks related to global warming and climate change
  • Last but not the least, leave a legacy of a cleaner country and planet for future generations. 

Make your opinion count today buy following this link.  Remember, every life saved matters!  

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Ashvin Suri

Ashvin has been involved with the renewables, energy efficiency and infrastructure sectors since 2006. He is passionate about the transition to a low-carbon economy and electric transportation. Ashvin commenced his career in 1994, working with US investment banks in New York. Post his MBA from the London Business School (1996-1998), he continued to work in investment banking at Flemings (London) and JPMorgan (London). His roles included corporate finance advisory, M&A and capital raising. He has been involved across diverse industry sectors, to include engineering, aerospace, oil & gas, airports and automotive across Asia and Europe. In 2010, he co-founded a solar development platform, for large scale ground and roof solar projects to include the UK, Italy, Germany and France. He has also advised on various renewable energy (wind and solar) utility scale projects working with global institutional investors and independent power producers (IPP’s) in the renewable energy sector. He has also advised in key international markets like India, to include advising the TVS Group, a multi-billion dollar industrial and automotive group in India. Ashvin has also advised Indian Energy, an IPP backed by Guggenheim (a US$ 165 billion fund). He has also advised AMIH, a US$ 2 billion, Singapore based group. Ashvin has also worked in the real estate and infrastructure sector, to including working with the Matrix Group (a US$ 4 billion property group in the UK) to launch one of the first few institutional real estate funds for the Indian real estate market. The fund was successfully launched with significant institutional support from the UK/ European markets. He has also advised on water infrastructure, to include advising a Swedish clean technology company in the water sector. He is also a member of the Forbury Investment Network advisory committee. He has also been involved with a number of early stage ventures.

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