Eight aim to go green
Nations determined to start using electric vehicles in their government fleets
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.
Eight countries have announce that they will be reducing their carbon emissions by using electric vehicles for their government fleets.