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New petrol and diesel car sales banned from 2035 as UK brings plan forward. he date has been moved forward by five years and will include hybrid vehicles for the first time after the Tory government was slammed for not acting fast enough.

Plans to bring forward the end of new petrol and diesel car sales to 2035 will be announced by Boris Johnson today. The Prime Minister will be joined by Sir David Attenborough at the launch of the COP26 UN Climate Summit. In a speech at the launch, the PM will reveal plans to the end the sale of petrol, diesel - and for the first time hybrid vehicles - five years earlier than planned.

Ministers say it could happen sooner if a quicker transition is feasible. It comes after the Tory government had been slammed for acting too slowly over its polluting vehicles ban. Government advisers the Committee on Climate Change called for the ban by as early as 2030. A ban on sales of new petrol and diesel vehicles will be brought forward to 2035, under plans outlined as the Prime Minister launches key UN climate talks in the UK.

Boris Johnson is launching the COP26 talks, to take place in November in the UK, with a speech setting out Britain’s stall as a leader on tackling climate change. He will urge other countries to follow the UK’s lead in setting targets to cut their emissions to net zero – with major cuts to greenhouse gases and any remaining pollution offset by measures such as planting trees.

As part of the UK’s moves to meet its legal goal to reach net zero by 2050, the Government will consult on bringing forward a planned ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel vehicles from 2040 to 2035 – and earlier if feasible. The ban, which Government advisers the Committee on Climate Change have called for by as early as 2030, will also include hybrid vehicles for the first time.

At an event attended by Sir David Attenborough, Mr Johnson will call for international efforts to reach net zero as early as possible through investment in cleaner technology and protection of natural habitat – which will also help reverse losses in wildlife. 

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