Spain wants to ban sale of petrol and diesel cars from 2040 (Update)

November 13, 2018
The announcement comes a year after Britain and France both pledged to ban new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, while Norway is aiming to end the use of all cars running on fossil fuels by 2025

Spain said Tuesday it wants to outlaw the sale of new diesel and petrol cars from 2040, the latest European country to target polluting vehicles to try to cut emissions.

Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez's government included the proposal in a draft document for an energy transition law which also calls for Spain to completely decarbonise its economy by 2050.

The announcement comes a year after Britain and France both pledged to ban new diesel and petrol cars by 2040, while Norway is aiming to end the use of all cars running on fossil fuels by 2025.

Sanchez's government lacks a majority in parliament and it will need to gain the support of other parties to approve the law.

The plan calls for setting up charging points for electric vehicles while cities with over 50,000 inhabitants will have to set up "low emission zones" before 2021, like those that already exist in the centre of Madrid and Barcelona where traffic is restricted.

"By 2050, the electricity system will have to rely exclusively on renewable energy sources," the document said.

Under the plan new licences for hydrocarbon exploration and fracking will be banned and subsidies that "favour the consumption of fossil fuels" will end.

Sanchez warned Sunday that climate change was "the biggest challenge we face globally", adding it was necessary to "act with urgency and determination" before this "great silence war".

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guptm
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
That's a great move by Norway, France, Spain, and Britain. Hope other big economies will follow suit.
aksdad
not rated yet Nov 13, 2018
By 2050, the electricity system will have to rely exclusively on renewable energy sources

That should be fun. There are no renewable energy sources that can provide reliable power around the clock on demand. Even if power storage (batteries) improves dramatically, adding significantly to the cost, there are major drawbacks.

Solar farms take up huge tracts of land. The Kamuthi project in India has a capacity of 648 MW (for a few hours a day) and covers 10 square kilometers. Wind farms are significantly larger.

The Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan has a capacity of 7,965 MW (available 24 hours a day) and occupies 4.2 square kilometers. 12 times the capacity in less than half the space.

The West County Energy Center natural gas power plant in Florida has a capacity of 3,750 MW (available 24 hours a day) and occupies 0.89 square kilometers. Over 5 times the capacity in one tenth of the space.

Natural gas uses land 65x more efficiently than solar.
arcmetal
not rated yet Nov 14, 2018
By 2050, the electricity system will have to rely exclusively on renewable energy sources

That should be fun....

Natural gas uses land 65x more efficiently than solar.


I believe that would depend on how you define "efficiency". If the land and atmosphere above a gas field is destroyed by the release of its carbon (to resemble a Venutian sky), then one can say that solar is eventually 100,000 times, or more, efficient than natural gas.

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