France will end the sale of both diesel fuel and diesel-powered vehicles by 2040 as part of plans to meet ambitious targets set out under the Paris climate accord, Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot announced Thursday.
The radical measure were unveiled at a press conference this morning as part of French president Emmanuel Macron’s plans to make France a carbon neutral country by 2050 and “make the planet great again”.
Mr Hulot, a former star wildlife TV presenter, announced “the end of the sale of petrol or vehicles between now and 2040.”
The French will in the meantime be offered financial incentives to scrap their polluting vehicles for clean alternatives, he said. Concretely, “the government will offer each French person a bonus to replace their diesel car dating before 1997 or petrol from before 2001 by a new or second-hand vehicle,” he said.
Several European countries have announced plans to reduce the amount of polluting petrol and diesel cars on their roads in favour of cleaner hybrid or all-electric vehicles. Germany, for example, aims to put 1 million electric cars on the road by 2020.