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Similarly, the Solar Energy Technologies Program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focuses on the low-cost production of photovoltaics (PVs) and other solar power products and increased solar deployment in the country. Moreover, the advent of the thin-film solar cell technology has encouraged the integration of solar encapsulants in solar modules. This can be owed to the surging production of solar modules by the leading manufacturers in the region. Moreover, the increasing implementation of favorable government policies on solar energy will boost the usage of solar encapsulants in solar cells in APAC. Therefore, the rising government support toward solar energy and mounting public awareness on the solar cell technology will fuel the adoption of solar encapsulants globally.
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 Become a part of the movement toward sustainable shopping and reduce your carbon footprint with some expert tips on making ethical fashion choices in 2020.According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, over 11 million tons of textile waste is dumped in landfills all over the country each year.

Out of the millions of tons of garments and textile accessories produced each year in the U.S., only about 15% is recycled while the rest ends up being wasted.

handmade sustainable  clothing brands have become increasingly popular as they offer alternatives to fast fashion that are more eco-friendly and reduce textile overproduction.

More and more people are moving toward sustainable fashion brands to do their part in restoring the planet’s resources and combating the growing environmental issues.Here are some tips on how to make ethical fashion choices and reduce your carbon footprint:Avoid Synthetic FibersThe first step to sustainable and ethical shopping is avoiding synthetic fabrics produced at a great cost to the environment.

Fabrics such as polyester, conventional cotton, and other synthetic fabrics are made using dangerous chemicals and pesticides that harm the environment.

They also shed microplastics each time they are washed, which pollute the water supply and harm ocean life.

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Michelle Briggs 2017-06-30
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This week, while attention was focussed on the Senate’s health-care bill, the Trump Administration continued to quietly do the one thing it does well: wreak havoc on the environment.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its plan to rescind the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.

WOTUS essentially represents the Obama Administration’s attempt to clarify which waterways are governed by the Clean Water Act.

issued when the rule was put in place, in 2015, notes that it protects streams that roughly one in three Americans depend on for drinking water.

administrator, Scott Pruitt, didn’t even bother to pretend that he was interested in public safety.

Instead, he said, the agency’s goal was to “provide regulatory certainty to the nation’s farmers and businesses.”

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Jonathan Godbey 2017-10-25
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A US government review of dangerous chemicals is to be reduced in scope leaving potentially millions of tons of toxins in homes and businesses.

The review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will cover potentially deadly chemicals including Asbestos and Carbon Tetrachloride, many of which are known or thought to cause cancer.

But instead of covering the chemicals and materials already in insulation materials, roofing and other uses that might expose people to toxins, the review will be limited to new products being manufactured, sold or imported.

Phys.org reports that the review, which began under the previous administration, has been scaled back by President Donald Trump's administration under pressure from the chemical industry.

The EPA has been on the front line of the Trump administration's tough stance on regulation and the environment, blocking scientists from discussing climate change and subjecting scientific findings to vetting by political staff.

Asbestos is banned in many countries including the UK, where it was banned in 1999, but remains in many homes and buildings.

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Eddie Cox 2021-05-12
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The electric car maker is one of at least eight companies with a pending application at the Environmental Protection Agency tied to power generation and renewable credits
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Jeff Smith 2017-01-19
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Answering charges that he didn t see value in reducing pollution, Pruitt argued that he wasn t opposed to mercury regulations, for example—he was just opposed to the legal underpinning of the he challenged in court.

He also expressed the opinion that since many parts of the country aren t meeting standards for things like ozone, the EPA should be focused on helping those areas do so rather than making standards stricter.

The EPA is tasked with setting standards based on the best available science on the environmental and health impacts of pollutants.

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Carlos Edelstein 2017-11-08
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No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest is also carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika.

But what if you could eradicate the diseased insects by releasing assassin versions of mosquitoes to kill them off?

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a new approach from the biotech company MosquitoMate.

The goal is to destroy populations of wild mosquitoes that could be carrying nasty viruses, according to a report in the journal Nature.

Instead of relying on genetic engineering, MosquitoMate infects lab-grown mosquitoes with the common bacterium Wolbachia pipientis, which affects mosquitoes but not animals or humans.

The Wolbachia-infected male mosquitoes, which don't bite, mate with the wild populations of female Asian tiger mosquitoes, which do bite.

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John Murphy 2017-09-16
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How could they possibly try to fool the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards with so-called cheat software, just to sell (what they thought was) a more attractive car?

Still, I've always liked my 2010 Audi A3 2.0 Tdi.

So, when Audi gave me the choice of either selling it back or having an emissions software update (and some vacation money), I chose the latter.

I'd read that many in the UK were complaining that the software update had turned their cars into sad old heaps of clay.

What was peculiar for me about the process was how Audi of America would tell me one thing, while the always reliable service manager at my Audi dealer would have no idea what Audi of America was talking about.

Even after I'd booked my car in for its surgery, I had to go back to the dealer to deliver more pieces of paper.

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Luke Hall 2018-11-25
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This week, two anonymous sources told Reuters that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering revising biofuel quotas downward after years of underperformance from the biofuel industry.

California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel

Biofuel, which is predominantly made from corn in the US, is a political minefield in the Trump Administration.

On the one hand, biofuel processors have enjoyed years of subsidies from the US federal government.

The EPA mandates that oil refiners must mix a certain amount of biofuel into their gas and diesel before it is sold in the US, reasoning that cutting oil with biofuel reduces the carbon footprint of fossil fuel use.

The quota also helps politicians curry favor with heavy corn-producing midwest states like Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana, which supported Trump in the most recent presidential elections.

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Jerrell Lawson 2017-02-15

It s no secret that the Trump administration has some issues with the Environmental Protection Agency, and that has raised ample concerns both among the public and within the EPA itself.

We ve already seen alterations surface on the EPA s climate change site, and critics have expressed worry that bigger, more harmful things may follow.

Now, according to a new report, at least half a dozen EPA employees have started using an encrypted messaging app to discuss amongst themselves plans for handling the administration s possible future undermining of the agency.

The information comes from Politico, which cites unnamed sources.

According to those sources, it is a small collective of career employees using encrypted messaging to discuss their concerns over the Trump administration and its possible effects on the EPA s mission to protect the environment and everyone in it.

This group is said to have less than 12 individuals at the time of the report s publication.

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Wesley Reese 2017-07-28
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When Volkswagen brought up the idea of fixing its over-polluting diesels in the US, not every class of affected diesel was eligible for a fix at the time.

But after some work, regulators have finally signed off on a fix.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) have approved a fix for so-called "Gen 1" 2.0-liter Volkswagen diesels.

This includes the 2009-2014 VW Jetta, VW Beetle and Audi A3.

According to the EPA's press release, the fix entails both software and hardware modification.

Volkswagen will remove the defeat device software that caused this whole mess and replace it with software with more thorough emissions controls.

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Eric Whitefield 2017-09-19
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Apple’s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It protects something really important in this country, which is a huge competitive advantage.

The EPA has been run by Democrats, by Republicans, but has never, in its history that is 40+ years old, been run by someone who seems to be determined to do the one thing that could destroy its credibility, which is not making it transparent.”

She also thinks that it’s important to let the EPA do its job and protect everybody’s health.

“Every EPA administrator has committed to regulate transparently.

It’s not the EPA, it’s that the leadership has decided to move away from the transparency that assures people that their health and their community come first rather than somebody else’s bottom line.”

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Albert Colburn 2017-08-03

The Trump administration said late Wednesday that it would not delay an Obama-era regulation on smog-forming pollutants from smokestacks and tailpipes (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source), a move that environmental groups hailed as a victory.

From a report: The Environmental Protection Agency decision came a day after 16 state attorneys general, all Democrats, filed a lawsuit challenging the delay with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

It reversed a decision that Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A.

administrator, made in June to put off an Oct. 1 deadline for designating which areas of the country met new ozone standards.

In announcing the ozone policy change, the agency appeared to leave the door open to extending the deadline again.

But, officials said, the agency will work with states to help them deliver the needed information.

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Glenn Vedder 2016-12-13
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UK, Germany, Greece and others rapped for not acting on evidence

The European Commission has begun legal action against seven member states over emissions cheating in the "dieselgate" scandal.

Volkswagen's admission came after the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA accused it of breaching US laws by deploying software in some of its vehicles that allowed it to "cheat" obligations on emissions levels.

The Commission has begun proceedings against the UK, Germany, Greece, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain for not acting on the evidence uncovered by investigations, or for failure to bring in laws punishing environmental breaches.

European countries must have "effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties systems in place to deter car manufacturers from breaking the law.

Where such a breach of law takes place, for example by using defeat devices to reduce the effectiveness of emission control systems, these penalties must be applied," the Commission said.

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Dana Millard 2018-02-06
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Instead, the numbers—meant to represent average emissions from industrial activities—were incorporated into permits stipulating how much pollution individual facilities could release.

The upshot: in some cases, major polluters are using flawed numbers to calculate emissions of substances such as benzene, a carcinogen, and methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

The factors color everything we know about air quality and many of the decisions the EPA and state environmental agencies make, from risk assessment to rulemaking.

The EPA missed both deadlines.

The US General Accounting Office—now the Government Accountability Office—reported in 2001 that polluters rely on the estimates even though “facilities’ actual emissions can, and do, vary substantially from the published factors.” The EPA’s IG came back with a targeted reproach in 2014, questioning the validity of factors used to estimate methane emissions from some pipelines.

Consider what happened in the ozone-plagued city of Houston, a hub of oil refining and chemical manufacturing.

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Edward Hickey 2018-08-29
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Earlier this year the UK launched its Road to Zero plan with the ambitious goals of at least 50-percent of all new car sales to be ultralow-emission by 2030 and the full cessation of the sale of traditionally fueled cars by 2040.

In a recent study by Auto Trader UK of over 1,000 drivers, the website found that people's opinions are heavily divided on the proposed ban and only 26 percent of those surveyed said that they would consider an EV as their next car.

In fact, the study found that many drivers plan on waiting nine years to make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle.

For many, the lack of infrastructure is the main obstacle in the way of buying an EV.

There is also a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to provide funding for charge point installers and manufacturers, as well as a £40 million grant to develop on-street charging technology.

Road to Zero also has solutions for those who feel the initial investment in an EV is too expensive.

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Aryan Kumar 20h
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Similarly, the Solar Energy Technologies Program of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) focuses on the low-cost production of photovoltaics (PVs) and other solar power products and increased solar deployment in the country. Moreover, the advent of the thin-film solar cell technology has encouraged the integration of solar encapsulants in solar modules. This can be owed to the surging production of solar modules by the leading manufacturers in the region. Moreover, the increasing implementation of favorable government policies on solar energy will boost the usage of solar encapsulants in solar cells in APAC. Therefore, the rising government support toward solar energy and mounting public awareness on the solar cell technology will fuel the adoption of solar encapsulants globally.
Michelle Briggs 2017-06-30
img

This week, while attention was focussed on the Senate’s health-care bill, the Trump Administration continued to quietly do the one thing it does well: wreak havoc on the environment.

On Tuesday, the Environmental Protection Agency released its plan to rescind the Clean Water Rule, also known as the Waters of the United States rule, or WOTUS.

WOTUS essentially represents the Obama Administration’s attempt to clarify which waterways are governed by the Clean Water Act.

issued when the rule was put in place, in 2015, notes that it protects streams that roughly one in three Americans depend on for drinking water.

administrator, Scott Pruitt, didn’t even bother to pretend that he was interested in public safety.

Instead, he said, the agency’s goal was to “provide regulatory certainty to the nation’s farmers and businesses.”

Eddie Cox 2021-05-12
img
The electric car maker is one of at least eight companies with a pending application at the Environmental Protection Agency tied to power generation and renewable credits
Carlos Edelstein 2017-11-08
img

No one likes the idea of being bitten by a mosquito, especially if that pesky pest is also carrying around viruses as deadly as yellow fever, dengue and Zika.

But what if you could eradicate the diseased insects by releasing assassin versions of mosquitoes to kill them off?

On Friday, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) approved a new approach from the biotech company MosquitoMate.

The goal is to destroy populations of wild mosquitoes that could be carrying nasty viruses, according to a report in the journal Nature.

Instead of relying on genetic engineering, MosquitoMate infects lab-grown mosquitoes with the common bacterium Wolbachia pipientis, which affects mosquitoes but not animals or humans.

The Wolbachia-infected male mosquitoes, which don't bite, mate with the wild populations of female Asian tiger mosquitoes, which do bite.

Luke Hall 2018-11-25
img

This week, two anonymous sources told Reuters that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is considering revising biofuel quotas downward after years of underperformance from the biofuel industry.

California amends rules to push vehicles toward hydrogen, electricity, biofuel

Biofuel, which is predominantly made from corn in the US, is a political minefield in the Trump Administration.

On the one hand, biofuel processors have enjoyed years of subsidies from the US federal government.

The EPA mandates that oil refiners must mix a certain amount of biofuel into their gas and diesel before it is sold in the US, reasoning that cutting oil with biofuel reduces the carbon footprint of fossil fuel use.

The quota also helps politicians curry favor with heavy corn-producing midwest states like Iowa, Nebraska, and Indiana, which supported Trump in the most recent presidential elections.

Wesley Reese 2017-07-28
img

When Volkswagen brought up the idea of fixing its over-polluting diesels in the US, not every class of affected diesel was eligible for a fix at the time.

But after some work, regulators have finally signed off on a fix.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and California Air Resources Board (CARB) have approved a fix for so-called "Gen 1" 2.0-liter Volkswagen diesels.

This includes the 2009-2014 VW Jetta, VW Beetle and Audi A3.

According to the EPA's press release, the fix entails both software and hardware modification.

Volkswagen will remove the defeat device software that caused this whole mess and replace it with software with more thorough emissions controls.

Albert Colburn 2017-08-03

The Trump administration said late Wednesday that it would not delay an Obama-era regulation on smog-forming pollutants from smokestacks and tailpipes (Editor's note: the link could be paywalled; alternative source), a move that environmental groups hailed as a victory.

From a report: The Environmental Protection Agency decision came a day after 16 state attorneys general, all Democrats, filed a lawsuit challenging the delay with the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

It reversed a decision that Scott Pruitt, the E.P.A.

administrator, made in June to put off an Oct. 1 deadline for designating which areas of the country met new ozone standards.

In announcing the ozone policy change, the agency appeared to leave the door open to extending the deadline again.

But, officials said, the agency will work with states to help them deliver the needed information.

Dana Millard 2018-02-06
img

Instead, the numbers—meant to represent average emissions from industrial activities—were incorporated into permits stipulating how much pollution individual facilities could release.

The upshot: in some cases, major polluters are using flawed numbers to calculate emissions of substances such as benzene, a carcinogen, and methane, a powerful greenhouse gas.

The factors color everything we know about air quality and many of the decisions the EPA and state environmental agencies make, from risk assessment to rulemaking.

The EPA missed both deadlines.

The US General Accounting Office—now the Government Accountability Office—reported in 2001 that polluters rely on the estimates even though “facilities’ actual emissions can, and do, vary substantially from the published factors.” The EPA’s IG came back with a targeted reproach in 2014, questioning the validity of factors used to estimate methane emissions from some pipelines.

Consider what happened in the ozone-plagued city of Houston, a hub of oil refining and chemical manufacturing.

Equalhands 2021-11-10
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 Become a part of the movement toward sustainable shopping and reduce your carbon footprint with some expert tips on making ethical fashion choices in 2020.According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency, over 11 million tons of textile waste is dumped in landfills all over the country each year.

Out of the millions of tons of garments and textile accessories produced each year in the U.S., only about 15% is recycled while the rest ends up being wasted.

handmade sustainable  clothing brands have become increasingly popular as they offer alternatives to fast fashion that are more eco-friendly and reduce textile overproduction.

More and more people are moving toward sustainable fashion brands to do their part in restoring the planet’s resources and combating the growing environmental issues.Here are some tips on how to make ethical fashion choices and reduce your carbon footprint:Avoid Synthetic FibersThe first step to sustainable and ethical shopping is avoiding synthetic fabrics produced at a great cost to the environment.

Fabrics such as polyester, conventional cotton, and other synthetic fabrics are made using dangerous chemicals and pesticides that harm the environment.

They also shed microplastics each time they are washed, which pollute the water supply and harm ocean life.

Jonathan Godbey 2017-10-25
img

A US government review of dangerous chemicals is to be reduced in scope leaving potentially millions of tons of toxins in homes and businesses.

The review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will cover potentially deadly chemicals including Asbestos and Carbon Tetrachloride, many of which are known or thought to cause cancer.

But instead of covering the chemicals and materials already in insulation materials, roofing and other uses that might expose people to toxins, the review will be limited to new products being manufactured, sold or imported.

Phys.org reports that the review, which began under the previous administration, has been scaled back by President Donald Trump's administration under pressure from the chemical industry.

The EPA has been on the front line of the Trump administration's tough stance on regulation and the environment, blocking scientists from discussing climate change and subjecting scientific findings to vetting by political staff.

Asbestos is banned in many countries including the UK, where it was banned in 1999, but remains in many homes and buildings.

Jeff Smith 2017-01-19
img

Answering charges that he didn t see value in reducing pollution, Pruitt argued that he wasn t opposed to mercury regulations, for example—he was just opposed to the legal underpinning of the he challenged in court.

He also expressed the opinion that since many parts of the country aren t meeting standards for things like ozone, the EPA should be focused on helping those areas do so rather than making standards stricter.

The EPA is tasked with setting standards based on the best available science on the environmental and health impacts of pollutants.

John Murphy 2017-09-16
img

How could they possibly try to fool the Environmental Protection Agency's air quality standards with so-called cheat software, just to sell (what they thought was) a more attractive car?

Still, I've always liked my 2010 Audi A3 2.0 Tdi.

So, when Audi gave me the choice of either selling it back or having an emissions software update (and some vacation money), I chose the latter.

I'd read that many in the UK were complaining that the software update had turned their cars into sad old heaps of clay.

What was peculiar for me about the process was how Audi of America would tell me one thing, while the always reliable service manager at my Audi dealer would have no idea what Audi of America was talking about.

Even after I'd booked my car in for its surgery, I had to go back to the dealer to deliver more pieces of paper.

Jerrell Lawson 2017-02-15

It s no secret that the Trump administration has some issues with the Environmental Protection Agency, and that has raised ample concerns both among the public and within the EPA itself.

We ve already seen alterations surface on the EPA s climate change site, and critics have expressed worry that bigger, more harmful things may follow.

Now, according to a new report, at least half a dozen EPA employees have started using an encrypted messaging app to discuss amongst themselves plans for handling the administration s possible future undermining of the agency.

The information comes from Politico, which cites unnamed sources.

According to those sources, it is a small collective of career employees using encrypted messaging to discuss their concerns over the Trump administration and its possible effects on the EPA s mission to protect the environment and everyone in it.

This group is said to have less than 12 individuals at the time of the report s publication.

Eric Whitefield 2017-09-19
img

Apple’s Vice President Environment, Policy and Social Initiatives Lisa Jackson has a lot to say about the Environmental Protection Agency.

“It protects something really important in this country, which is a huge competitive advantage.

The EPA has been run by Democrats, by Republicans, but has never, in its history that is 40+ years old, been run by someone who seems to be determined to do the one thing that could destroy its credibility, which is not making it transparent.”

She also thinks that it’s important to let the EPA do its job and protect everybody’s health.

“Every EPA administrator has committed to regulate transparently.

It’s not the EPA, it’s that the leadership has decided to move away from the transparency that assures people that their health and their community come first rather than somebody else’s bottom line.”

Glenn Vedder 2016-12-13
img

UK, Germany, Greece and others rapped for not acting on evidence

The European Commission has begun legal action against seven member states over emissions cheating in the "dieselgate" scandal.

Volkswagen's admission came after the US Environmental Protection Agency EPA accused it of breaching US laws by deploying software in some of its vehicles that allowed it to "cheat" obligations on emissions levels.

The Commission has begun proceedings against the UK, Germany, Greece, the Czech Republic, Lithuania, Luxembourg and Spain for not acting on the evidence uncovered by investigations, or for failure to bring in laws punishing environmental breaches.

European countries must have "effective, proportionate and dissuasive penalties systems in place to deter car manufacturers from breaking the law.

Where such a breach of law takes place, for example by using defeat devices to reduce the effectiveness of emission control systems, these penalties must be applied," the Commission said.

Edward Hickey 2018-08-29
img

Earlier this year the UK launched its Road to Zero plan with the ambitious goals of at least 50-percent of all new car sales to be ultralow-emission by 2030 and the full cessation of the sale of traditionally fueled cars by 2040.

In a recent study by Auto Trader UK of over 1,000 drivers, the website found that people's opinions are heavily divided on the proposed ban and only 26 percent of those surveyed said that they would consider an EV as their next car.

In fact, the study found that many drivers plan on waiting nine years to make the switch to an electric or hybrid vehicle.

For many, the lack of infrastructure is the main obstacle in the way of buying an EV.

There is also a £400 million Charging Infrastructure Investment Fund to provide funding for charge point installers and manufacturers, as well as a £40 million grant to develop on-street charging technology.

Road to Zero also has solutions for those who feel the initial investment in an EV is too expensive.