An ambitious plan from the Green Party will be presented to the German parliament next month calling for a ban on diesel and petrol vehicles by 2030. The Green Party says its proposal will benefit the national economy because it will encourage the purchase of new cars and make sure the European car industry does not fall behind global rivals in developing zero-emissions technology. German media reports that the proposal states: 'The increasing number of cars worldwide is one of the biggest threats to the climate and to human health. The automotive industry will only have a future if [it] develops vehicles that are clean and quiet, and do not create more CO2.' After the general election next year, the Greens also want to see the country’s transport system overhauled to encourage the use of alternative transport. As a minority party in parliament, the Greens’ attempts at reform are unlikely to result in any legislation, but Der Spiegel reported yesterday that majority parties also want to see a co-ordinated EU shift away from diesel and petrol by 2030 in the wake of the Paris climate agreement. Earlier this year, the EU launched its low-emissions mobility strategy which warned that ‘the global shift towards a low-carbon economy has started and its pace is accelerating’, and outlined how low-emissions vehicles will need to be deployed and gain significant market share.
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