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ESG responds to budgetary environmental measures

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The Environmental Safety Group has welcomed the various budgetary environmental measures announced by the Chief Minister on greening up Gibraltar’s vehicles.

“We have campaigned for such measures in fuel type used by local vehicles in line with a number of other European cities,” said the group.

“Industry has been given substantial time to achieve these goals and we welcome and applaud the visionary plan to take our own community towards eventual, fully electrically powered transport,” the group added.

However, it also said that it would like to see hybrid and plug-in-hybrid vehicles continue to be strongly incentivised and supported as part of the short to medium term plan given the necessary lead up time to full provision of facilities to power electric-only vehicles.

“The ESG urges Government to rethink this aspect of an otherwise positive and welcomed set of environmental measures announced to green up transport in Gibraltar. Measures on reducing single use plastics are also strongly welcomed,” the group said.

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