Spain may ban diesel, gasoline car sales under new law

Spain is considering a ban on sales of diesel and gasoline cars beginning in 2040 to counter climate change.

Outlawing new polluting automobiles is one of several measures envisioned in coming legislation, as Spain tries to bring national regulations into line with countries including the UK and France, according to a briefing note circulated to journalists.

“Some of the most important necessary changes affect transport,” the document said. “From 2040, the registration and sale in Spain of passenger cars and light commercial vehicles that directly emit carbon dioxide will not be permitted.”

The draft law would set goals for 2030 and 2050 in cutting emissions and promoting renewable power and energy efficiency. It’s part of Spain’s effort to enshrine its obligations under the Paris Climate Accord. It must seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent from 1990 levels in 2030 and by 90 percent in 2050, according to the government.

The plan is included in a draft document for a law on climate change which Socialist Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s government hopes to present to parliament by the end of the year.