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Greece Brings In Climate Law, Banning Fossil-Fuel Cars From 2030

  • Prime minister introduces legislation at a meeting on Thursday
  • Law also says new taxis in big cities should be EVs from 2025
Residents watch the wildfire while waiting to support firefighters outside the village of Kamatriades, on Evia island, Greece.

Residents watch the wildfire while waiting to support firefighters outside the village of Kamatriades, on Evia island, Greece.

Photographer: Konstantinos Tsakalidis/Bloomberg

Greece introduced its first climate law, with a focus on low-carbon energy, as Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis steps up efforts to tackle the effects of the global environmental crisis. 

The premier outlined his “ambitious” goals at a cabinet meeting on Thursday, including a ban on sales of new combustion-engine cars from 2030. While the law has been long-planned, extreme weather events this year have brought Greece’s vulnerability into sharp focus.