The UK government advisory committee has released a report laying out the necessary steps to achieve a more sustainable and rapid recovery from the coronavirus crisis and to meet the targets for reducing polluting emissions. Something that directly leads to a quick introduction of the electric car and the elimination of diesel and gasoline models.
The expert committee’s recommendations are reflected in the UK’s annual progress report on meeting climate targets, which shows that public policy falls far short.
This report explores issues such as energy efficiency and the insulation of homes, but also the need for more ambitious leadership from the government in terms of reducing emissions and pollutants. According to the study, a factor that directly directs its criticism at the British Prime Minister is not doing the work.
And it is that to achieve energy neutrality in 2050, the British must take more drastic and profound measures that have an impact already in the short term, and that also represents an impulse to emerge from the crisis caused by COVID-19.
According to the president of the Commission on Climate Change, John Gummer, in a press conference: “If we are going to exit COVID 19 successfully, there is only one route. That route is the one that also allows us to fight against climate change”.
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For the committee, the United Kingdom has been prosperous in betting on the rapid expansion of renewable energy sources and reducing the use of systems such as coal or gas. Still, it has failed in its transition in the transport sector.
That is why they propose to accelerate the objective that seeks to gradually eliminate diesel and gasoline cars sales, which should be advanced from the current 2040 to 2032. An eight-year advance that will also have to be accompanied by more significant investment in incentives and networks charging stations to encourage consumers to leap to electric mobility.
Measures that according to the advisers, will have to be complemented by others such as the gradual increase in taxes on vehicles with internal combustion engines. Helping precisely to discourage their acquisition and in the process finance part of public projects in the face of improving the perception of vehicles powered by electricity.