Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2017

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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92 Landscape Architect and Specifier News I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 4 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 2 2 7 Serious about the industry? Stay connected @ I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 6 2 5 The UK's ambitious plan to ban the sale of new gas vehicles has a tough road ahead. While the British demand for electric vehicles, fuel cell cars and plug-in hybrids grew 40% in 2015, they accounted for less than 3% of the UK auto market. (Photo is a Tesla.) Britain to Ban Sales of New Gasoline and Diesel Cars Beginning in 2040 The UK government just got serious about air pollution. The government will ban new diesel and gas cars and vans beginning in 2040, and require almost every car and van on the road to be a zero emission vehicle by 2050. The government has pledged £2.7 billion overall for "air quality and cleaner transport." A government report ( ) notes air quality has improved significantly in recent decades: "Since 1970, sulphur dioxide emissions have decreased by 95%, particulate matter by 73% and nitrogen oxides by 69%. Total UK emissions of nitrogen oxides fell by a further 19% between 2010 and 2015." Still, the report says that poor air quality persists in certain areas of the country and is a direct result of the failure of the European regulatory system to deliver expected improvements in vehicle emissions. The U.K. is the second largest market in Europe after Germany for new cars (2.7 million registered in 2016).

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