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UK have potential to halve oil imports by 2030 if petrol and diesel cars are banned- 25th August

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The UK has the potential to significantly reduce the amount of oil imports by 2030 if it bans the new petrol and diesel cars, according to environmental studies.

 The government is already set to ban the new cars by 2040 in a bid to tackle climate change. However environmental groups think this target could be more ambitious which would result in less pollution, fewer foreign oil imports and the potential to invest in new infrastructure such as car charging points. Figures suggest the amount of oil imported could be reduced by 51% by 2035.

 A number of groups have been involved with the report including Green Alliance and supported by Cafod, Christian Aid, Greenpeace, RSPB and WWF and has been produced ahead of the government’s clean growth plan which will outline how the government plans to cut carbon emissions.

Transport in the UK is one of the biggest sectors of energy consumption, with over 40% of the UK’s total energy consumption relating to transport last year. Meanwhile in other countries such as Norway and India, electric cars are becoming more common and are more ambitious than the UK’s target.

The report also claims there should be more funding for the renewable energy sector to enable a significant reduction in carbon emissions. This should cover all areas from transport to housing in a bit to achieve zero emissions.

Gareth Redmond-King, who of climate and energy at WWF, insists the government’s climate change plan needs to be stricter otherwise the UK will lag behind other countries and will not reach their targets.

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