Denmark calls on EU to abandon diesel and gasoline carsOctober 5, 2019
Denmark made such a proposal during a meeting of the EU Environment Ministers in Luxembourg on Friday.
The new president of the European Commission, Ursula van der Leyen, is committed to making Europe the first climate neutral continent by 2050.
The delegation of Denmark argued that in order to achieve this, the transport sector must reduce its emissions, which is the only sector that is currently increasing the volume of harmful substances.
Denmark hit the headlines in October 2018 when its government announced that it would ban the sale of all new gas-fueled cars by 2030, but subsequently abandoned the idea because it would violate EU rules.
Jorgensen said the proposal to allow individual member states to ban the sale of new diesel and gasoline cars would put pressure on the Commission, which in the coming decades would propose completely abandoning cars running on this type of fuel.
Jorgensen also said that if the EU could not agree on a ban at the level of the entire union, it would be good if at least certain countries were allowed to take such a measure.
Lithuania, Latvia, Slovenia, Bulgaria and a number of other countries, however, have proposed to do more to stop the “carbon leak” from the sale of used cars from Western Europe to the eastern region.
He said Denmark’s next step would be to create an alliance with 10 states that support its phase-out strategy for diesel and gasoline cars and the ability to ban their sale in individual states.
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