Japan set to ban sales of new petrol cars in mid-2030s: reports

Japan set a 2050 deadline  to become carbon-neutral, prompting big companies to draft plans on how to curb their CO2 emissions
Japan set a 2050 deadline to become carbon-neutral, prompting big companies to draft plans on how to curb their CO2 emissions

Japan wants to ban sales of new petrol cars in around 15 years' time as part of efforts to reach carbon neutrality by 2050, reports said Thursday.

The could be announced as soon as next week, building on an existing push to promote electric and , the Mainichi Shimbun said without citing sources.

Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga in October set a 2050 deadline for Japan to become carbon-neutral, prompting big companies to draft plans on how to curb their CO2 emissions.

The move has been welcomed by activists and the UN, but Japan is still heavily reliant on and the government has not yet laid out details of how it will achieve this.

The country's current target is to increase the share of low-emission cars sold—both hybrid and electric—to 50-70 percent by 2030, from around 40 percent in 2019.

In September, California announced a goal for all passenger vehicles sold in the US state to be zero-emission by 2035.

Britain meanwhile has set a more ambitious target, aiming to ban sales of petrol and diesel vehicles by 2030.

Japanese economy and trade ministry officials were not immediately available for comment.


Explore further

UK to ban gasoline car sales by 2030 as part of green plan

© 2020 AFP

Citation: Japan set to ban sales of new petrol cars in mid-2030s: reports (2020, December 3) retrieved 21 January 2021 from https://techxplore.com/news/2020-12-japan-sales-petrol-cars-mid-2030s.html
This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
30 shares

Feedback to editors

User comments