Green machines: Britain and France ban petrol and diesel cars
Britain and France have announced bans on the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040 to combat the damaging effects of pollution on the environment and people’s health. It’s been applauded as a crucial move; the transportation sector is the second-largest human source of carbon dioxide emissions in the world. In Australia, road transport accounted for over 12% of all greenhouse gas emissions produced.
Anna Mortimore, an expert in transport emissions from the Griffith University Business School, talked about why the ban is necessary in decarbonising the world. She also explained why green vehicles are so unpopular in Australia, and what needs to be done to encourage consumers to choose hybrid and electric cars over cheap high-emission ones.