Eight aim to go green

Na­tions determined to start us­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles in their gov­ern­ment fleets

The Witness - Wheels - - ELECTRIC -

EIGHT na­tions have an­nounced they will start us­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles in their gov­ern­ment fleets to re­duce car­bon emis­sions in the trans­porta­tion sec­tor.

Canada, China, France, Ja­pan, Nor­way, Swe­den, the United King­dom and the United States signed a gov­ern­ment fleet dec­la­ra­tion, pledg­ing to in­crease the share of elec­tric ve­hi­cles in their gov­ern­ment fleets and calling for other govern­ments to join them.

The dec­la­ra­tion was an­nounced at the Mar­rakech Cli­mate Change Con­fer­ence ( COP22) and was de­vel­oped un­der the aegis of the Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial’s Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles Ini­tia­tive ( CEM- EVI).

The dec­la­ra­tion em­pha­sises the re­newal of gov­ern­ment fleets and showcases spe­cific and vol­un­tary com­mit­ments of these coun­tries to ac­cel­er­ate the in­tro­duc­tion of low- emis­sion ve­hi­cles in their ve­hi­cle fleets. Through this dec­la­ra­tion, the eight sig­na­tory govern­ments are tak­ing a lead­er­ship role in this move­ment and send­ing a strong sig­nal for the need to speed up the tran­si­tion to a low- car­bon trans­portion sys­tem.

Green­house gas emis­sions from the trans­port sec­tor today ac­count for nearly a quar­ter of to­tal emis­sions. The share will in­crease sig­nif­i­cantly in the com­ing decades un­less high- im­pact ac­tions are taken. Chang­ing the tra­jec­tory of emis­sion in road trans­porta­tion in­volves a global shift to­wards low- emis­sion vehi- cles, along with the adoption of broader sus­tain­able trans­porta­tion prin­ci­ples.

The vol­un­tary com­mit­ments taken by these coun­tries will re­duce fleets’ green­house gas emis­sions and help ac­cel­er­ate the tran­si­tion to low- emis­sion ve­hi­cles, in line with the goals of the Paris Agree- ment.

The mem­bers of the Clean En­ergy Min­is­te­rial’s Elec­tric Ve­hi­cles Ini­tia­tive co- op­er­ate to fa­cil­i­tate the global de­ploy­ment of 20 mil­lion elec­tric ve­hi­cles, in­clud­ing plug- in hy­brid elec­tric ve­hi­cles and fuel cell ve­hi­cles, by 2020.

This dec­la­ra­tion is also in line with the Paris Dec­la­ra­tion on Elec­tro- Mo­bil­ity and Cli­mate Change and Call to Ac­tion re­leased at COP21 dur­ing the Lima Paris Ac­tion Agenda ( LPAA) Trans­port Fo­cus, which spec­i­fies that at least 20% of all road trans­port ve­hi­cles ( cars, twoand three- wheel­ers, trucks, buses and oth­ers) glob­ally should be elec­tri­cally pow­ered by 2030 to re­spect a less- than two de­gree centi­grade path­way.

This dec­la­ra­tion also aims at en­cour­ag­ing non- state ac­tors, such as cities, re­gional and state govern­ments, com­pa­nies, sec­to­rial fed­er­a­tions and other or­gan­i­sa­tions, to ac­cel­er­ate the en­ergy tran­si­tion with the in­tro­duc­tion of clean ve­hi­cles in their fleets, in­clud­ing tran­sit buses and taxi fleets, as well as mu­nic­i­pal and cor­po­rate fleets.

PHOTO: CEM- EVI

Eight coun­tries have an­nounce that they will be re­duc­ing their car­bon emis­sions by us­ing elec­tric ve­hi­cles for their gov­ern­ment fleets.

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