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Most European city-dwellers support 2030 ban on combustion car sales, survey finds

Stock Markets Apr 11, 2021 06:40PM ET
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By Kate Abnett

BRUSSELS (Reuters) - A majority of residents of European cities support a Europe-wide phaseout of combustion engine car sales from 2030 to reduce planet-warming emissions, a YouGov poll conducted on behalf of environmental campaigners said on Monday.

Of 10,050 survey respondents, 63% said they supported the idea that after 2030, only emission-free cars should be sold in Europe.

The online opinion poll surveyed people last month in 15 cities including London, Warsaw and Budapest, with an average of 29% opposing the idea of ending petrol and diesel car sales, while 8% said they did not know.

In all cities, a majority of respondents - ranging from 51% in Antwerp and Berlin, to 77% in Rome - supported a ban.

Brussels-based campaign group Transport & Environment (T&E), which commissioned the poll, urged the European Commission to include an EU-wide end date for combustion car sales in climate policy proposals due in June.

"People in cities are the most exposed to toxic levels of air pollution, and they don’t want internal combustion engines to be sold for any longer than is necessary," T&E's senior vehicles director Julia Poliscanova said.

The Commission said in September it would assess "at what point in time internal combustion engines in cars should stop coming to the market" to deliver the EU's 2030 emissions-cutting target.

The EU executive will this year propose tougher emissions limits for cars, plus legislation to expand electric charging infrastructure, although a spokesman said its proposals for cleaner transport will be "technology-neutral".

EU sales of electric and plug-in hybrid cars almost trebled to more than 1 million vehicles in 2020, or more than 10% of overall sales.

Austria, Denmark, the Netherlands and six other countries last month urged the Commission to set an EU-wide phaseout date for combustion car sales.

"That date has to be aligned with the objective of climate neutrality by 2050," an EU diplomat from one of the countries said.

"If you take into account the lifetime of cars, then you have to stop adding new (combustion engine) cars to the market in 2030."

Britain, which is no longer an EU member, will ban sales of new petrol and diesel cars and vans in 2030.

Most European city-dwellers support 2030 ban on combustion car sales, survey finds
 

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Johnny Crash
Johnny Crash Apr 12, 2021 12:47AM ET
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Batteries are very polluting in terms of production and waste
Benjamin USA
Benjamin USA Apr 11, 2021 10:34PM ET
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People dont want all the air and noise pollution. Pretty simple really unless you’re conpletely out of touch or live in the sticks where those things really dont matter.
danny Levine
danny Levine Apr 11, 2021 7:03PM ET
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never trust polls or surveys or reports
Nick Johnson
Nick Johnson Apr 11, 2021 7:01PM ET
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A survey can always be rigged to produce whatever results the people giving the survey want to produce.
Marcus Cicero
Marcus Cicero Apr 11, 2021 6:58PM ET
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I predict that 2029 is going to be a bumper year for new ICE car sales!
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Only a majority? I can get you a poll showing 100% approve. I can get a poll that says whatever you want it so say.
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I am not guided by the misguided opinions of "european city dwellers". The USA is much better than that.
 
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