Paris plans to ban gas- and diesel-engined cars by two thousand thirty

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Source:   —  October 12, 2017, at 3:37 PM

K., made headlines earlier this summer by announcing plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-engined cars by two thousand forty, but it appears the city of Paris has an even earlier target in mind.

Paris plans to ban gas- and diesel-engined cars by two thousand thirty

France, along with the U. K., made headlines earlier this summer by announcing plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-engined cars by two thousand forty, but it appears the city of Paris has an even earlier target in mind. The City of Lights plans to bring about a gradual phaseout of combustion-engine cars by the year two thousand thirty, avoiding calling it a "ban" but echoing steps already taken by the city government to reduce air pollution in the city, Reuters reports.

“This is about planning for the long duration with a strategy that'll reduce greenhouse gases," said Christophe Najdovski, head of transport policy in the administration of mayor Anne Hidalgo.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers ... so we're planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by two thousand thirty," Najdovski told France Info Radio, according to Reuters.

When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than twenty years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who cannot afford newer cars. The city is also surging ahead with plans for a ban on diesel vehicles ahead of the two thousand twenty-four Summer Olympics, an event expected to generate more climate agreements on a state and city level. Paris has also instituted temporary car bans interior the city in response to pollutant levels in the area, causing some irritation from city dwellers who have to commute by car.

The city&#thirty-nine;s planned steps to phase out gasoline- and diesel-engined cars reflect a growing trend among large cities to get action on environmental issues apart from their countries' governments. Paris is already portion of a grouping of cities that includes Madrid, Mexico City and Athens that map to finish the utilize of diesel-engined cars by two thousand twenty-five, collectively representing metropolises that are residence to forty-two million people. Large cities are presently viewed by those engaged in climate policy as distant more effective government entities than federal governments when it comes to testing and enforcing pollution regulations.

Plans to phase out internal combustion vehicles by foreign cities and countries have recently prompted calls for similar action in the U. S.; CA Gov Jerry Brown has called for the state to phase out sales of gas- and diesel-engined cars before the two thousand forty targets announced by France and the U. K., citing China's commitment to bring about the same ban far sooner.

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