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Improbable that the UK government will delay the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles

The UK government has no plans to postpone the 2030 ban on the sales of new petrol and diesel cars, despite calls for a delay from some experts and former Conservative leader Sir Iain Duncan Smith, who argued that the ban is “simply not achievable” and that it would provide a “massive boost to Chinese car manufacturers”.


Improbable that the UK government will delay the 2030 ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles p
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On the other hand, some experts and car manufacturers, such as McLaren and Aston Martin, are exploring the potential of e-fuels as a carbon-neutral alternative to petrol and diesel. Andrew Graves from the University of Bath called e-fuels “a very exciting technology” that can be used “for keeping existing vehicles on the road”. Meanwhile, Porsche has invested €75m in a pilot plant to produce e-fuels.

The European Union has already banned the sales of new CO2-emitting cars in 2035, but it has included an exemption for e-fuels. E-fuels are synthetic fuels made by mixing CO2 captured from the air with hydrogen produced using renewable or CO2-free electricity. The Telegraph reported that Whitehall was open to the idea of using synthetic fuels if the industry could prove that they would be carbon-neutral.

However, according to a report in Fleet News, a spokesperson from the UK Department for Transport (DfT) has stated that the government is not considering e-fuels as an alternative to petrol and diesel. The DfT argued that e-fuels are not proven technology, have complex supply chains, and emit many of the same pollutants as petrol and diesel. The spokesperson added that while e-fuels might have a role for specialist vehicles, they are not seen as a solution for normal cars and vans.


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Owain Griffiths

Owain Griffiths

Head of Circular Economy at Volvo Cars

Owain joined Volvo Cars in June 2021 to lead Circular Economy in the Global Sustainability Team. The company has committed to being a circular business by 2040 and has financial, recycled content and CO2 based targets for 2025, all of which Owain is working across the company to make happen. Owain previously worked for circular economy consultancy Oakdene Hollins where he advised businesses on evidence led circular economy implementation. 

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