Saudi Arabia, the world’s largest oil exporter, aiming for at least 30% of cars in its capital Riyadh would be electric by 2030.
The target, announced on Saturday at the start of a Saudi climate conference, is part of a plan to halve carbon emissions in the city of 8 million people over the next nine years, said Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of the Royal Commission for Riyadh City.
The same day, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman pledged to eliminate planet-warming emissions within the country’s borders by 2060.
The goal to boost EVs in Riyadh comes as more countries attempt to reduce or phase-out internal combustion engines run on gasoline and petrol. China aims for 25% of new vehicles to be electric by 2025. The U.K. plans to end sales of new fossil-fuel vehicles by 2030.
Targeting to be net-zero by 2060 is 10 years later than most countries, 30 years later than others. It’s nothing to celebrate.
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