Car rental companies will have to offer electric or non-polluting cars in the Balearics by 2035 as part of a new environmental law covering the Spanish holiday island chain.

The regulation aims to have 1,000 electric vehicle charging points available and the elimination of new diesel vehicles by 2025.

All petrol and diesel vehicles will be banned by 2035, with the progressive inclusion of electric or non-polluting vehicles in car rental companies from 2020, with a 2% initial target, reaching 100% in 2035. 

Other measures for car rental companies include obligatory registration of vehicles and monitoring of emissions. 

The climate change and energy transition measures approved by the Balearic Island government includes moves to reduce marine pollution from shipping with established emission limits. 

Sustainability plans will also be defined in relation to emissions linked to air transport, according to the new regulations.

“In line with the Balearic islands’ objectives to create a long-term sustainable tourism destination, this new law paves the way towards a clean energy model,” the government said. 

The aim is to eradicate the use of fossil fuels by 2050. By 2030 the goal is to operate with 35% renewable energy and achieve a 23% reduction in energy consumption as well as a 40% reduction in polluting emissions.