'Getting rid of diesel and petrol cars and vans will be crucial both to tackle the climate emergency and to clean up our air', spokeswoman says
'Greenpeace has challenged the government to phase out diesel and petrol-fuelled cars by the end of the next decade after Amsterdam said it would ban them from 2030.
“Amsterdam authorities are getting tough on air pollution and carbon emissions from road traffic, and that’s exactly what the UK government should be doing,” Rebecca Newsom, a spokeswoman for the charity, told The Independent.
She said transport had become the biggest contributor to Britain’s carbon footprint, as well as a major source of air pollution.
“Getting rid of diesel and petrol cars and vans will be crucial both to tackle the climate emergency and to clean up our air, yet ministers have set a phase-out date for sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles that’s more than 20 years away. The government needs to bring that date forward to 2030 while also boosting public transport and investing more in walking and cycling infrastructure.”
Amsterdam announced on Thursday it intends to replace all diesel and petrol engines with emission-free alternatives, such as electric and hydrogen cars, by the end of the next decade.
“Pollution often is a silent killer and is one of the greatest health hazards in Amsterdam,” said Amsterdam’s traffic councillor, Sharon Dijksma.
Next year it will ban diesel cars built before 2005 from the city, with plans to gradually expand the range of banned vehicles over the next few years.
Subsidies and parking permits will be offered to encourage people to switch to cleaner cars.
Amsterdam will need to increase the number of charging stations in the city from 3,000 to between 16,000 and 23,000 by 2025, Ms Dijksma, the traffic councillor, told Dutch News.
Although bicycles are popular among the Dutch, air pollution in the Netherlands is worse than European rules permit, mostly due to heavy traffic in Amsterdam and Rotterdam.'
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