BEIJING (Reuters) – British Prime Minister Boris Johnson will announce on Tuesday that Britain will ban the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2035, five years ahead of schedule. Mr Johnson will announce on Tuesday that Britain will host a major UN climate summit, COP26, in Glasgow in November, which has been described as the most important climate change conference since the Paris agreement was signed in 2015.
According to a statement issued by the Prime Minister’s Office ahead of Mr Johnson’s speech, he said: “Hosting COP26 is an important opportunity for the UK and countries around the world to step up their efforts to tackle climate change. “
“This year we will set a net zero emission target by 2050 and urge other countries to join us in committing to net zero emissions.” “
The UK government said it planned to stop selling new petrol, diesel cars and vans, including hybrids, by 2035, after consultations, and said it could start banning sales sooner if a faster transition was possible.