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By:  John C, Operations Manager BRB Ltd

In a recent announcement, the British government stated that the ban on Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles would be extended to 2035, five years later than initially planned.

This decision has sparked a wave of disappointment and concern among environmentalists, climate activists, and concerned citizens alike.

As we reflect on this news, it becomes imperative to shed light on the negative impact this delay may have on our journey towards a greener future.

1. Stalling Progress

The initial target of banning ICE vehicles by 2030 was seen as a bold and transformative step towards addressing the pressing issue of climate change.

By pushing this deadline back to 2035, the government risks stalling the progress we have already made. Every year of delay means more emissions, more pollution, and further damage to our environment.

2. Missed Opportunities

Bringing forth the ICE ban sooner rather than later would have presented an opportunity for the UK to lead the global race towards sustainable transportation.

By extending the deadline, we risk losing our competitive edge and the chance to become pioneers in the development and adoption of electric vehicles (EVs).

Other countries may seize this opportunity, leaving the UK struggling to catch up in the emerging green economy.

3. Health and Environmental Implications

One of the most immediate impacts of delaying the ICE ban is the detrimental effect it has on public health.

Vehicle emissions contribute significantly to air pollution, which has been linked to respiratory diseases, cardiovascular problems, and even premature deaths.

By prolonging the use of ICE vehicles, we are needlessly exposing ourselves to these health risks and exacerbating the burden on our healthcare system.

4. Climate Change Concerns

Climate change is an urgent global crisis that demands immediate action.

By postponing the ICE ban, the British government risks undermining its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and meeting international climate targets.

Delaying the transition to electric vehicles only perpetuates our reliance on fossil fuels, hindering our ability to mitigate the devastating effects of climate change.

5. Consumer Confidence and Investment

The initial 2030 ban deadline provided a clear signal to consumers, automakers, and investors, encouraging them to transition towards electric vehicles.

By extending the deadline, uncertainty is introduced, potentially eroding consumer confidence and hindering investment in electric vehicle infrastructure.


This delay may slow down the market for EVs, impeding the growth of a sustainable transportation sector.

In Conclusion

The British government's decision to delay the ICE ban until 2035 instead of 2030 has raised legitimate concerns about the negative impact on our environment, public health, and progress towards a sustainable future.

It is crucial that we recognize the urgency of addressing climate change and the need to accelerate the transition to electric vehicles.

By staying committed to ambitious targets, we can regain momentum, inspire innovation, and pave the way for a greener, cleaner future for generations to come.