Boris Johnson plans to announce a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned.
Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
In February the Prime Minister brought this date forward to 2035 and he is now expected to bring the date forward even further in a speech on environmental policy he will give next week.
A Downing Street spokeswoman declined to comment on the reports or the content of Johnson’s upcoming speech.
Boris Johnson (pictured on Tuesday) plans to announce a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, five years earlier than previously planned
Britain had originally planned to ban the sale of new petrol and diesel-powered cars from 2040 as part of efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
The Financial Times reported the new timetable was not expected to apply to some hybrid cars which use a mixture of electric and fossil fuel propulsion and could still be sold until 2035.
An end to the sale of new petrol and diesel cars would mark a huge shift in Britain’s automotive market.
Car firms are already preparing for the changes as Department for Transport figures show sales of electric vehicles have rocketed by nearly 170 per cent in the UK this year.
Industry figures show that petrol and diesel powered cars accounted for 73.6 per cent of new car sales so far this year, while just 5.5 per cent of sales were for pure electric vehicles, which are typically more expensive.
Hybrid vehicles of various types made up the remaining sales.
Mr Johnson has promised to set out a ten-point action plan in comments marking a year until Britain hosts the UN ‘Cop26’ climate summit.
It is set to outline action in areas such as cutting emissions from transport, electricity and buildings, and using hydrogen and other new technology.
Boris Johnson promised to set out a ten-point action plan in comments marking a year until Britain hosts the UN ‘Cop26’ climate summit
The UK – which has a legal target to cut greenhouse gases to ‘net zero’ by 2050 – is co-hosting a climate action summit for world leaders next month to bring forward more ambitious plans and set net zero targets ahead of next year’s Cop26 meeting.
Mr Johnson said: ‘There is no greater duty for any nation than protecting our people and our planet.
‘Climate change will remain the most enduring threat if we do not act. There is no time to waste. That’s why I’ll be setting out my ten-point plan shortly.
‘And that’s why I’m calling on world leaders to put forward their own ambitious commitments to help eradicate our contributions to climate change, before we meet in Scotland next November.’
Countries are expected to submit more ambitious plans to cut emissions under the Paris Climate Agreement, as current proposals do not go far enough to prevent dangerous temperature rises.