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See the unprecedented decision the Algerian government arrived at to combat climate change

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  • The Algerian government has placed a ban on the importation of diesel-powered cars.
  • This decision was made to reduce the country’s carbon emissions.
  • 2 years ago a similar directive from the government caused some challenges in the country. 

The Algerian government has placed a ban on diesel-powered cars.

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In an unprecedented move to mitigate climate change, the Algerian government has placed an importation ban on all diesel-powered cars.

By law, car dealers are only allowed to make provisions for electric cars moving forward. According to the BBC, Algerian car dealers “local car manufacturers are now required by law to start producing at least one range of electric vehicles if they've been trading for five years or more.”

This ban is coming shortly after the 27th Conference of Parties(COP27), which was held in Sharm El-Sheikh, Egypt, and came to a close yesterday.

The country continues to show dedication in reducing its carbon footprint, as this is hardly the only time this idea has been implemented.

2 years ago, the Algerian government placed a ban on the importation of assembly line kits, which spurred the prosecution of a number of prominent business owners, charged with fraud and money laundry.

The ban had inevitably created a scarcity of cars and said scarcity caused prices of cars to surge in price.

The report by the BBC also noted that “at the last count in 2019, World Bank data listed Algeria's carbon dioxide emissions per capita at 3.98 metric tons. That's almost half of South Africa's 7.51 metric tons per capita, but both countries are eclipsed by the US whose carbon dioxide emissions are an estimated 14.67 metric tons per capita.”

These figures demonstrate Algeria’s commitment to fighting the effects of climate change. Algeria currently has 6.5m licensed vehicles, according to the latest data from the office for national statistics.

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