18 Nov 18

Spain considers ICE ban

Spain is the latest country to indicate that it is considering a ban on sales of diesel and gasoline cars. Such a ban is currently being envisaged for 2040 to counter climate change.

In a briefing note circulated to journalists, the authorities in Madrid say that banning new polluting automobiles is one of several measures being considered for legislation. This would bring Spain into line with countries including the UK and France, Norway and others which are known to be looking at the situation.

The briefing notes says: ‘Some of the most important necessary changes affect transport. From 2040, the registration and sale in Spain of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles that directly emit carbon dioxide will not be permitted.’

All of this is part of Spain’s effort to adhere to its obligations under the Paris Climate Accord, which require it to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels in 2030 and by 90 percent in 2050.

The plan is included in a draft document for a law on climate change which Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's government hopes to present to parliament by the end of the year. The law will require approval by parliament, where Sanchez holds less than a quarter of the seats.

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Authored by: Tim Harrup