Dutch government wants all new cars to be emissions-free by 2030

Enlarge / AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – APRIL 22: Electric car from Car2Go fleet charges batteries near Dam Square on April 22, 2017 in Amsterdam, Netherlands. As of 31 December 2016, there were 113,636 highway legal light-duty plug-in electric vehicles registered in the Netherlands. (Photo by Horacio Villalobos – Corbis/Corbis via Getty Images) (credit: Getty Images)

On Tuesday, the fractured Dutch government announced a coalition of several leading parties and put forward a roadmap for the Netherlands’ future. Besides reaffirming country’s support of the EU and offering tax and immigration plans, the coalition said that it wanted all new cars to be zero-emissions vehicles by 2030. The coalition also called for more aggressive emissions goals in general—specifically, a 49 percent reduction in the country’s COemissions compared to 1990 levels by 2030, according to EU Observer.

The Netherlands is hardly the first country to float a fossil-fuel-burning vehicle ban. France has said it wants to ban the sale of gas and diesel vehicles by 2040, and China and the UK have followed suit (although China has not yet articulated a timeline for its ban). California’s governor has also floated the idea of a zero-emissions mandate for cars sold in the state.

The Netherlands, like France, also called for the closure of all coal plants within the country by 2030 and for increased use of carbon capture and storage (CCS) to help the country reach its 49 percent CO2 reductions goals.

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Source: Ars Technica

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