Spain Will Propose a Ban on Petroleum-Burning Cars by 2040

Spain is readying a proposal that would ban the sale and registration of all gasoline and diesel cars and light commercial vehicles in 2040.

France and the U.K. already have declared similar goals.

The Spanish plan is part of a draft for a broad law due by year-end that would step up the country’s commitment to address global warming issues. The draft proposes to ban all light-duty vehicles by 2040 that “directly emit carbon dioxide.”

But Reuters notes that Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez’s progressive government has struggled to find parliament support from conservative-controlled lower and upper houses for any major proposals, including next year’s budget.

Spain currently hopes to lower its greenhouse gas emissions in 2030 by at least 20% compared with 1990. The European Union’s regional goal is to achieve a 40% reduction by then.