The sale of all diesel and petrol cars and vans is to be banned from 2040 in the UK in an effort to tackle air pollution.

The commitment is part of the Governments Air Quality Plan which hopes to make every car and van on UK roads to be zero emission by 2050.

ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company, welcomes the new government proposal calling it ‘an historic first step towards cleaner and greener transport in the UK.’

In response to the announcement ITM Power calls on the UK Government to provide equivalent financial support for fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEV) infrastructure as it has already provided for plug-in battery vehicle infrastructure. The company also calls on the Government to implement its announced plan to provide 65 hydrogen (H2) refuelling stations across the UK, to be operational by 2020. Current proposed levels of funding for H2 infrastructure would not achieve the Office for Low Emission Vehicles stated target, the company states.

Dearman, the technology company which delivers zero emission clean ‘cold and power’ has also released a statement in the wake of the government’s recent announcement. It states that the plan must include tough action on transport refrigeration units, which are often overlooked but are disproportionately polluting.

Michael Ayres, Deputy CEO of Dearman, said, “Dearman welcome Government’s strong stance on diesel, which is necessary if we are to start tackling Britain’s air pollution crisis. However, action is still required to address the most disproportionate polluters, such as the UK’s 84,000 diesel transport refrigeration units, which should be phased out over the next five years. Clean alternatives are available, affordable, and if all 84,000 become zero emission, it would equate to taking four million diesel cars off Britain’s roads. Such a step would ensure Britain’s air quality is improved significantly and a lot sooner than 2040.”

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