In the last year, countries around the world have announced ambitious plans to help curb global carbon emissions. To meet their pledges, these countries are pulling away from fossil fuels and investing in renewable energy, like wind and solar.
In many cases, these countries are targeting fossil fuel-based cars to meet their emission goals.
Most of the cars in the world are powered by fossil fuels, so personal vehicles are a major cause of global warming. In the U.S. alone, over 90 percent of the fuel used for transportation is petroleum based. As a result, in 2010 the transportation industry accounted for 14 percent of global greenhouse gas emissions.
Source: IPCC (2014), based on global emissions from 2010.
Here are seven countries that are trying to change this:
1. Germany
Germany was the very first country to implement an official ban on petrol and diesel cars. In 2016, the upper house of parliament passed a resolution …