The effects of climate change have become impossible to ignore, and people worldwide are looking for ways to make a change. One of the ways that the European Union is taking action is by considering a ban on petrol and diesel cars by the year 2030. While the idea may seem radical, it is gaining strong support from EU citizens who want a greener, cleaner future for themselves and future generations.
Air pollution is a serious health concern throughout the EU, and diesel emissions are a significant contributor. High levels of nitrogen dioxide, particulate matter, and greenhouse gas emissions from diesel cars are rapidly degrading air quality.
EU citizens are growing more concerned about the implications of this, especially in urban areas where the problem is particularly acute. A ban on petrol and diesel cars by 2030 could drastically reduce pollution levels and create incentives for eco-friendly car production.
Another significant reason EU citizens are pushing for a petrol and diesel ban is concerns over climate change. Climate change’s effects are already seen in extreme weather conditions, rising sea levels, and other detrimental consequences threatening the natural environment.
Dieselgate and its aftermath
In September 2015, it was revealed that German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen had been using illegal software to cheat on emissions tests in the United States. This scandal, dubbed Dieselgate, rocked the automotive industry, leading to fines, recalls, and a loss of trust in the company and the wider industry.
The European Union has long been a leader in environmental and climate change policies, with a long-term goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 80-95% by 2050. However, the automobile industry has been slow to catch up, with transport accounting for a quarter of the EU’s greenhouse gas emissions and a significant contributor to air pollution.
In the wake of Dieselgate, EU citizens have become increasingly aware of the impact of the automobile industry on the environment and public health, leading to calls for a ban on petrol and diesel cars.
Several well-known car manufacturers, including Renault, Vauxhall, and Mercedes-Benz, have been accused of using defeat devices, leading to a spike in Dieselgate claims. Nissan, who has consistently promoted its diesel vehicles as environmentally conscious and even introduced an in-house eco-friendly brand called Pure Drive, has also faced allegations regarding the use of these devices.
Nissan emission claims first surfaced just recently, in June 2020. The admission came after an investigation was launched by the Japanese government, which found that Nissan had used unauthorized technicians to carry out emissions tests and falsified data.
One of the main reasons for this call is the realization that the emissions standards that were thought to be in place were not as effective as they seemed. The European Union has long relied on emissions testing to ensure that cars meet environmental regulations, with manufacturers required to meet specific standards on paper.
However, Dieselgate exposed that many manufacturers were using software to cheat these emissions tests, resulting in cars emitting far more pollution than was claimed. This has led to calls for tougher emission standards, more effective testing methods, and a push towards electric and hybrid vehicles that produce zero emissions.
The aftermath of Dieselgate has also impacted the public perception of the automobile industry, with many EU citizens losing trust in car manufacturers. This has resulted in a shift towards more environmentally conscious choices, focusing on electric and hybrid cars. Government incentives and rebates on these vehicles have helped make them more affordable and accessible, while the development of charging infrastructure has made it easier for drivers to switch to electric and hybrid cars.
Alongside the shift towards electric and hybrid cars, there has also been a growing demand for improved public transport and active travel options. In cities across the EU, there has been a push towards increased cycling infrastructure, improved public transport networks, and the promotion of walking. This has not only helped to reduce emissions and air pollution but has also led to a broader cultural shift towards more sustainable and environmentally friendly modes of transport.
Potential impact on the environment and economy
One of the critical outcomes of the petrol and diesel ban would be reducing the world’s reliance on fossil fuels. The transport sector relies significantly on fossil fuels, leading to the massive utilization of oil and gas. Adopting cleaner forms of energy, such as electric vehicles or green energy, would reduce dependence on these fuels, ultimately conserving the environment.
The transition to cleaner forms of energy would lead to job creation in the renewable energy sector. Additionally, there would be savings from reduced healthcare costs, improving public health, and averting environmental degradation costs. These cost savings could be channelled towards other sectors of the economy, like research and development of cleaner energy technologies.
How do I process my diesel claim?
In recent years, several lawsuits have been filed against vehicle manufacturers for producing diesel vehicles that violated environmental standards. If you own a diesel vehicle and have incurred losses due to the Dieselgate fiasco, you may be eligible for diesel emission compensation. You can visit Emissions.co.uk to learn more about the process.