Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

Paris wants all gas-powered cars out of the city by 2030

Receiving great applause from climate advocates, Paris officials announced a new goal on Thursday to ban gas-powered cars from its streets by 2030.

France, along with the United Kingdom, made headlines earlier this summer by announcing plans to phase out sales of gasoline- and diesel-engined cars by 2040, but it appears the city of Paris has an even earlier target in mind.

When it comes to efforts to reduce pollution within city limits, Paris is already known for introducing a ban on cars older than 20 years in the city during weekdays, a measure which drew some criticism for effectively discriminating against those who can not afford newer cars.

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The mayor's office released a statement clarifying its aims after news outlets reported that the city was banning gasoline cars.

"Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers... so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles, by 2030", Christophe Nadjovski, an official responsible for transport policy at city council, told France Info radio station. "In order to achieve the goal of an end to the thermal engines in 2030, the City has made a decision to invest in the development of alternatives and in the reinforcement of financial aids that allow individuals and professionals to buy clean vehicles".

After an atmospheric phenomenon known as inversion occurred last March, "the pollution levels in Paris briefly topped those of Beijing", NPR's Eleanor Beardsley reported.

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In recent months, French Ecology Minister Nicolas Hulot prohibits sale of all petrol and diesel-fueled vehicles across country by 2040, explaining that y plan to reach target of zero carbon emissions in 2050.

Hidalgo has been seeking to reduce pollution with a series of measures. As a result, the city temporarily alternated between banning cars with even- and odd-numbered license plates. Her detractors have accused her of waging a war against cars.

And Paris City Hall called its third car-free day, banning automobiles in more than 40 square miles for most of October 3.

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