Netherlands: The Dutch are famous for devising innovative solutions to maximise the use of renewable energy. In 2014, the country built the world’s first solar-lit road and received praise from all over. Their latest idea – in the proposal stage currently – may not be as groundbreaking but it has the potential to completely eradicate dependence of fossil fuel in the road transport sector.
The Labour Party has proposed banning the sale of all internal-combustion cars by 2025. That means only cars powered by electric or hydrogen will be allowed to join existing fleet of petrol and diesel vehicles. Once the existing petrol and diesel fleet go beyond its permissible road life duration, those cars can only be replaced by ‘green’ cars, according to the proposal.
While environmentalists and many others are hailing the proposal, not all in the Netherlands are completely taken by the idea. Not yet, anyway. Most car manufacturers are reportedly not pleased. Local media reports that the proposal may be pushed through nonetheless as majority of elected officials in the Dutch parliament support the initiative.
Various studies – in Netherlands and in the European Union as a whole – have shown that the sale of electric/hybrid cars in the country has been increasing. The Netherlands is enthusiastic about the launch of Tesla’s ‘affordable’ Model 3. In a country that still is one of the most carbon-intensive on the continent, the measures it’s taking going forward appear to be in the right direction.