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Fight for clean air: 7 countries against internal combustion engines


After 192 countries signed the Paris Agreement, they began to introduce measures to reduce carbon emissions. One of such measures was promotion and stimulation of electric vehicles.

Over the past few years, a real revolution of clean energy has begun in a number of countries. Their citizens began to move to cleaner energy sources. At the same time, the governments are trying to reduce harmful emissions into the atmosphere by reducing the number of cars on the roads as well. Since the transport sector accounts for 15% of all harmful emissions in the world, these steps can have a significant effect. Below are the countries that led the revolution for clean energy.


Germany was not the first country to think about banning cars on diesel and gasoline, but it was the first to introduce this ban. In October 2016, the German Bundesrat put forward and adopted a resolution that calls for a complete ban on cars with internal combustion engines by 2030. This decision was significant not only because it was the first, but also because Germany is the fourth largest car manufacturer in the world. That's why such automobile giants as Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen are now developing the production of hydrogen cars and electric cars.


In February 2017, Norway decided to follow Germany’s example. Not only this Scandinavian country decided to ban cars with internal combustion engines, but also set a goal to complete the process five years earlier than Germany. By 2025, Norway will sell cars that are 100% electric. Thus, the country plans to completely get rid of cars on gasoline. This ambitious plan is accompanied by a system of taxation that stimulates "green" energy. As stated in the official statement, vans, 75% of new buses and 50% of new trucks should have zero emissions by 2030.


Not only Europe is concerned about the state of the atmosphere. In India, the government has adopted a plan of measures that are similar to what Norway is planning to do. In this country, by 2030, it is planned to sell only electric vehicles. This initiative will be financed by the government of the country. The purpose of this plan is that by 2030 in the country will not be sold any car running on gasoline.


The historically important agreement was concluded exactly in France. That is why this country was one of the first to join changes taking place in the world. Part of this movement was the ban on all gasoline and diesel cars by 2040. This is a gradual process, which includes introduction of 2.4 million electric vehicles and hybrid cars by 2023.

United Kingdom

Britain has also introduced a ban on new diesel and gasoline cars from the year 2040. This takes place within the framework of a $ 4.06 billion-worth initiative, designed for, within the framework of which it is planned to improve the air quality in the country. As noted, low air quality has an impact on the nation’s health, which is why the government of the country intends to make every effort to improve its quality.

Netherlands and China

It is worth noting that two more countries have expressed a desire to reduce air pollution by reducing emissions of cars. This is the Netherlands and China. Netherlands since April 2016 are considering the possibility of imposing a ban on gasoline and diesel cars. China disclosed similar plans in September. 

source: nbcnews.com