A group of 100 moderate Conservative MPs have called on Boris Johnson to beef up green legislation and investment through the UK’s Covid-19 recovery strategy, and are particularly keen for the national petrol and diesel car ban to be moved forward to 2030. In a ‘Recovery Paper’ report published this week, the One Nation group, which represents around one-third of the Conservative Party, outlined 25 recommendations for climate and environmental action from Boris Johnson’s cabinet in the context of the UK’s net-zero transition and its Covid-19 recovery plans. A headline recommendation is for the UK to bring its ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars forward to 2030. The date was originally set at 2040 under the Road to Zero Strategy, published under Theresa May’s government. After the Committee on Climate Change (CCC) and green campaign groups, think tanks and MPs urged a 2035 date, Boris Johnson agreed. Various organisations are still backing a 2030 deadline, however, including Green Alliance and Shell. The One Nation group would like to see a more ambitious deadline coupled with legislation mandating that all new homes are fitted with an electric vehicle charging point as standard.
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