London: Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced a ban on the sale of petrol and diesel cars by 2030 as part of a £12 billion green agenda, including £1.3 billion to rollout charge-points for electric vehicles in homes, streets and on motorways across England.
The British premier has earmarked £12 billion for the wide-ranging plans, which he hopes will secure up to 250,000 jobs and help meet a target for the U.K to become carbon neutral by 2050.
The proposals include quadrupling offshore wind power within a decade while scaling up hydrogen production capacity for industry, transport, power and homes. The government said sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans will end in 2030, though hybrid vehicles can be sold until 2035.
The investment will also be made in zero-emission public transport, alongside research into zero-emission planes and ships, and in making cycling and walking 'more attractive'.
The plans contain broader aims to make Britain a "world-leader" in carbon capture technology and the City of London a "global centre of green finance". The government will also spend £525 million on developing large and smaller-scale nuclear plants, and new advanced modular reactors, in a move likely to anger environmentalists.