Skip to main content

Sign up for our newsletter.

Quality journalism. Progressive values. Direct to your inbox.

Paris has reported a major increase in smog over the past decade, forcing city officials to introduce measures to decrease exhaust emissions from cars. (Photo: Nelson Minar/Flickr/cc)

To Great Applause, Paris Announces Combustion Engine Ban by 2030

New goal would accelerate existing plan to do away with gas-powered cars and trucks

Julia Conley

Receiving great applause from climate advocates, Paris officials announced a new goal on Thursday to ban gas-powered cars from its streets by 2030.

The proposal would accelerate existing efforts to reduce air pollution in the city after French President Emmanuel Macron promised to ban the sale of vehicles with combustion engines by 2040.

Under the rule, only electric cars would be allowed in the city. Paris is already home to an electric car-sharing service, Autolib, which has become wildly popular since its launch in 2011 with the goal of reducing carbon emissions by 20 percent over a decade.

"Time is simply pressing," said Christophe Nadjovski, Paris's deputy mayor of transport, in an interview with the radio station France Info. "This is about planning for the long term with a strategy that will reduce greenhouse gases. Transport is one of the main greenhouse gas producers...so we are planning an exit from combustion engine vehicles, or fossil-energy vehicles."

Mayor Anne Hidalgo also said Thursday that diesel vehicles would be banned in the city by 2024. She has established bike paths and new bus lanes in an effort to reduce the city's dependence on cars.

The city's efforts to cut carbon emissions from cars follow a rise in air pollution, with the air quality reaching an "alert threshold" last year according to the pollution-monitoring group Airparif.

Banning combustion engines is the latest of several steps authorities have taken to combat smog. Paris officials have taken to making public transportation free on days when pollution levels are especially high.

And Paris City Hall called its third car-free day, banning automobiles in more than 40 square miles for most of October 3. The first car-free day, held two years ago, saw a 40 percent decrease in exhaust emissions.

"We are changing the model of mobility. By offering alternatives, we can do without a personal car. That's my goal," said Hidalgo in an interview with Le Parisian on the city's anti-pollution measures.


Our work is licensed under Creative Commons (CC BY-NC-ND 3.0). Feel free to republish and share widely.

We've had enough. The 1% own and operate the corporate media. They are doing everything they can to defend the status quo, squash dissent and protect the wealthy and the powerful. The Common Dreams media model is different. We cover the news that matters to the 99%. Our mission? To inform. To inspire. To ignite change for the common good. How? Nonprofit. Independent. Reader-supported. Free to read. Free to republish. Free to share. With no advertising. No paywalls. No selling of your data. Thousands of small donations fund our newsroom and allow us to continue publishing. Can you chip in? We can't do it without you. Thank you.

Massive Demonstration of Support for Lopez Obrador in Mexico City

AMLO was elected in 2018 and heralded as the Bernie Sanders of Mexico

Common Dreams staff ·


Scientists Revive ‘Zombie’ Virus After 50,000 Years Trapped in Siberian Permafrost

Researchers documented 13 never-before-seen viruses that have been lying dormant, frozen in thick ice, over tens of thousands of years.

Common Dreams staff ·


'Cleaner Air Is Coming' as London Expands Vehicle Pollution Fee to Entire Metro Area

"Around 4,000 Londoners die prematurely each year because of long-term exposure to air pollution, with the greatest number of deaths in outer London boroughs," noted Mayor Sadiq Khan in announcing the expansion.

Brett Wilkins ·


'Amazing News': Historic Shark Protections Approved at Global Wildlife Convention

Up to 90% of sharks targeted by the lucrative fin trade will now be protected, said one advocate.

Julia Conley ·


'The Nightmare Materializes': Far-Right Extremist Itamar Ben-Gvir to Be Israel's National Security Minister

The Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Palestinian Authority said Ben-Gvir's elevation to national security minister could have a "catastrophic impact on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict."

Jake Johnson ·

Common Dreams Logo