Britain needs to reduce its reliance on petrol power if it is to meet proposed future emission targets.
Plans to be unveiled today by the Committee on Climate Change warns drivers need to look towards electricity, hydrogen and other low emission fuels instead, reports The Sunday Times.
A 500 page report by the committee explains what Britain needs to do to achieve the 80% target for cutting emissions it has set itself.
Currently , this country generates 10 to 12 tons of CO2 annually per person, about 700m tons in total.
This must be reduced to two tons per person by 2050, equivalent to one human generating 12lb of CO2 a day.
The report claims this reduction is impossible if our dependency on the internal combustion engine continues.