EDITOR’S COMMENT: THE UK GOVERNMENT INTENDS TO STOP THE SALE OF ALL NEW PETROL, DIESEL AND HYBRID CARS BY 2035, WITH THE INTENTION OF BEING COMPLETELY CARBON NEUTRAL BY 2050. THIS POLICY IS HORRIBLY EXPENSIVE AND NEEDLESS, AND THREATENS THE JOBS AND LIVELIHOODS OF MILLIONS OF PEOPLE ALL OVER THE COUNTRY. SIGN OUR PETITION NOW!
The sale of new petrol and diesel cars in Scotland is to be “phased out” in the next ten years, prompting concerns over the affordability of the Government’s plans to fight climate change for ordinary Scots.
Scottish ministers published a 255-page Climate Change Plan on Wednesday, setting out more details of how they aim to achieve targets set by an earlier programme in 2018.
Among the targets include a commitment to cutting the distance travelled in car journeys by a fifth by 2030 alongside more than 100 other policies to help Scotland reach its emissions reduction targets.
With a goal of reaching “net-zero” by 2045, other announcements in the “world-leading” aspiration to tackle climate change include £180 million in funding for carbon capture and hydrogen technologies.
It also includes £120 million towards zero-emission buses and £50 million for “active freeways” along major travel routes.
However, while the plan acknowledges that persuading Scots to use their cars less often will require a national effort with better digital connectivity and more flexible and remote working needed to cut commuting, concerns have been raised over how to make the plan affordable for ordinary people.