The combustion car will be phased out by 2035, according to 30 countries and six automakers.
At COP26, the signatories agreed to end producing non-zero-emission automobiles and vans within the following decade. For the time being, Germany, France, and Spain do not adhere.
At the climate summit in Glasgow, an alliance of countries, manufacturers, and other groups declared a target of ending combustion automobile sales in the world’s most important markets by 2035. Around 20% of global greenhouse gas emissions are attributed to the transportation industry. And over 90% of these are caused by vehicle traffic.
The partnership, which has over 100 signatures, will be officially formed on Wednesday at COP26, with the goal of making “all new truck and automobile sales zero emissions globally by 2040, and at the latest by 2035 in important markets.” Around thirty countries are part of this pact, which was sponsored by the United Kingdom and which, as of Tuesday night, included Canada, India, the Netherlands, Austria, Norway, Chile, and Denmark.
The United States, China, Germany, and France, on the other hand, were not present. For the time being, Spain has no plans to join. Six major global automakers have signed on to the initiative: Ford, General Motors, Volvo, Mercedes-Benz, Jaguar Land Rover, and China’s BYD.
This promise is in line with what UN Secretary General António Guterres called for before to the summit in mid-October. He encouraged wealthy countries to stop producing combustion cars by 2035, and the rest by 2040, at a symposium on sustainable mobility. Furthermore, starting in 2035, the European Commission proposes that cars that release greenhouse gases, such as gasoline, diesel, natural gas, and hybrids, be phased out. The European proposal, on the other hand, has yet to be completed inside the EU institutions and with the EU’s 27 states.
According to sources in the Spanish delegation at COP26, the fact that this negotiation is still ongoing is the reason why certain significant EU nations, such as Spain, Germany, and France, did not join in at first. In its latest Climate Change Law, Spain sets a 2040 deadline for non-zero emission vehicle sales. According to these sources, the rule anticipates that this date will be automatically updated and 2035 will be set if all European institutions agree on this.
Regional governments and towns may join the pact announced on Tuesday, pledging to strive toward making their “fleets of cars and vans owned or leased zero-emission vehicles by 2035 at the latest.” Similarly, the signatories to this declaration state that they will try to make all of their van and passenger car sales in “major markets” zero-emission by 2035 or sooner.
This alliance, like the others made public during the summit and pushed by the UK government, which is chairing COP26, is not legally binding because it is not part of the official UN negotiations. As Niklas Höhne, a climate policy and renewables expert, pointed out at the conference on Tuesday, declarations about the “end of coal or fossil fuels” must be mirrored in national policies, which is often not the case.
Despite the fact that such declarations and alliances are not directly tied to the signatories, they have an impact on investors, who are sent a message about which technologies will have the most difficulty in the transition to a greenhouse gas-free economy. They also support the notion that electric mobility is the way of the future.
As evidenced by a recent 40dB. study conducted by EL PAS on the occasion of COP26, the majority of society is becoming accepting of this message. Sixty-three percent of Spaniards polled supported making 2035 the cutoff for combustion automobile sales. If they had to buy a car now, 60% stated they would choose a plug-in vehicle, either pure electric or hybrid.
The day of the climate summit on Wednesday will be devoted to transportation. It is also predicted that progress would be achieved in the areas of maritime and land transportation, which are sometimes overlooked in national goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. A proposal to put a stop to future oil and gas production is also scheduled to be submitted.
Article Author Gerluxe