To reduce climate-changing carbon emissions, the South China Sea island of Hainan has announced that it will become China’s first region to prohibit the sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles.

The sale of fossil-fuel-powered cars will be prohibited by 2030, while electric vehicles will be promoted through tax advantages and the expansion of a charging network, according to the Hainan province government’s “Carbon Peak Implementation Plan.”

The statement comes as China experiences its warmest, driest summer in decades, wilting crops and shrinking rivers and reservoirs used to generate hydropower.

According to the proposal, which was unveiled on Monday, “by 2030, the entire province will prohibit the sale of fueled vehicles.”

A deputy Chinese industry minister stated in September 2017 that Beijing was working on a plan to phase out the production and sale of gasoline and diesel-powered vehicles, but no details have been released.

According to the strategy, Hainan aspires to have electric vehicles account for 45% of its vehicle fleet by 2030. It stated that cities will create “zero-emissions zones” where fossil-fuel-powered vehicles would be prohibited.

The ruling Communist Party is supporting electric vehicles in order to help clean up China’s smog-choked cities and gain a competitive advantage in a developing industry. China accounted for more than half of global electric vehicle sales last year.

Source: AP News

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