On a day dedicated to discussions on transport at the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Glasgow, the United Kingdom, major carmakers, city administrations and the governments of 24 countries agreed to end the sale of fossil fuel vehicles. by 2040 or earlier, Reuters reported.
Ford, Mercedes and Volvo are among the major carmakers that have joined the promise, which also includes travel service provider Uber and other major car buyers such as Leaseplan, which rent more than 1.7 million cars in 30 countries. , Reuters reported.
Cities such as New York, London and Barcelona, as well as regional governments such as the Australian Capital Territory, are striving to achieve these goals by 2035, an attitude expressed by carmakers about their “leading markets”, The Guardian reported. The host country, the United Kingdom, is already committed to phasing out petrol and diesel cars by the end of this decade. Combined with the EU’s position on internal combustion engines, this agreement will cover nearly a third of global car sales.
Missing from a major commitment were China and the United States, the world’s largest car markets respectively. In an executive order from August this year, President Biden insisted on the sale of 50 percent of electric vehicles by the end of this decade. Like China, the United States has now refrained from making a major commitment on the world stage. The two nations, along with the EU, contribute 46% of global emissions, but while the latter is working aggressively to combat climate change, the United States, along with China, has remained uncommitted to the agreement.
In particular, Germany was absent from the stage. While popular German carmakers Mercedes have pledged support for the move, the German government itself has sided with a lack of internal consensus, Reuters reported. Earlier in September, we covered it German research project aiming to make a hybrid version of the Tesla car to demonstrate the use of unavoidable carbon emissions as fuel using “greener methods”. A spokesman for the German Ministry of the Environment said the government must reach an internal consensus if such technology could be part of the solution if it takes the promise, Reuters reported.
Japanese carmaker Toyota has said that while sharing the spirit and determination to fight climate change, it is refraining from joining the promise, The Guardian reported. While unveils its series of electric carsToyota, the world’s largest carmaker, said it views a wide range of vehicles, including hybrids and hydrogen-powered ones, as a solution to reduce carbon emissions, not just battery-powered electric vehicles.
The International Energy Agency estimates that transport accounts for one-fifth of the world’s carbon emissions and countries must stop selling fossil fuel-powered cars by 2035 if global heating thresholds are not to be exceeded, The Guardian reported. COP26 activists have also called for more investment in public transport if we want to prevent a climate collapse. Putting all our faith in electric vehicles alone will not be enough.