German government officials have passed a resolution to ban the sale of petrol and diesel internal combustion engines in the European Union (EU) by 2030, Der Spiegel reports. After that time, only zero-emissions vehicles (electric or hydrogen fuel cell) are allowed to be sold in the market.

The resolution was passed in Germany’s Bundesrat, the nation’s federal council, but has no legislative effect yet. However, the Bundesrat wants the European Commission to enforce the ban across the European Union, and German regulations traditionally have shaped EU and United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) regulations.

The council also wants the European Commission to “review the current practices of taxation and dues with regard to a stimulation of emission-free mobility.” This could likely mean providing more incentives to purchase zero-emissions vehicles, and ending the tax advantages for diesel cars in EU states.

The latter, along with diesel’s low price and higher mileage per litre, are the reasons most cars in Europe are powered by oil burners. However, with the rising costs and challenge in ensuring diesel engines meet tougher emission standards, the potential removal of tax breaks could spell the end of diesels in the EU.

Most car companies are now putting a strong emphasis on zero-emissions vehicles, with the likes of Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen, and Renault rolling out concepts at the recent Paris Motor Show that feature electric propulsion.