On Solutions Day at C.O.P.27, the UK Presidency of C.O.P.26 brought together ministers and senior officials to accelerate the transition to zero-emission vehicles by:
Launch of the new Accelerating Zero Emissions Coalition – a platform to lead initiatives working together to achieve a Paris-aligned zero-emission vehicle transition globally.
Announcement that a total of 214 countries have signed the ZEV Manifesto, committing to achieve global sales targets for ZEVs by 2040 and 2035 in key markets including new signatories France and Spain.
At C.O.P.26, the UK and its partners launched the Zero Emission Vehicles Declaration to ensure a transition to zero emissions for all new cars and vans by 2035 in key markets and globally by 2040, in line with the Paris Agreement Accelerated climate goals. The manifesto now has more than 210 signatories (compared to 130 at C.O.P.26) – from national and local governments to manufacturers, companies and fleet owners. New signatories include France, Spain, Abou Ghaly Motors and Vikram Solar.
The effects of the ZEV declaration are already evident. According to the latest ZEV Factbook from Bloomberg New Energy Finance, 2022 will be a record year for ZEV sales, with EVs accounting for 13.2% of all new vehicle sales in the first half of 2022. With the expected adoption of electric and fuel cell vehicles, this will accelerate the shift away from fossil fuels, saving nearly 1.7 million barrels of oil per day by 2022, or about 3.8% of total demand.
In a further sign of ZEV’s accelerating transition momentum, the Alliance to Accelerate Zero Emissions (A2Z) launched today, which will host the ZEV Manifesto starting at C.O.P.27. The A2Z Alliance is a partnership between the UK, the United Nations High Level Advocates for Action, The Climate Group, the International Council on Clean Transportation and the Electric Vehicle Movement, who will work together to accelerate the global ZEV transition and support signatories in implementing Customized workshops, support and access to international best practice communities to deliver on their commitments.
Alok Sharma, C.O.P.26 President, said:
“The ZEV declaration signed at C.O.P.26 was a major milestone bringing together leading actors to accelerate the transition to 100 percent new car sales being zero emission by 2040, and 2035 in leading markets.”
“There are still huge opportunities in emerging markets and developing economies which is why I’m pleased to formally launch the Accelerating To Zero Coalition today. This coalition provides the platform for countries to go further and faster and to ensure that no country is left behind.”
Together with partner countries and organisations, the UK Presidency of C.O.P.26 will today launch a new support package for EMDE countries – part of an international effort to ensure a genuine global transition to ZEV. This support package includes:
A global commitment signed by the US, Germany, Japan, the Netherlands, South Korea, Sweden and the UK outlines collective efforts to mobilize additional support and realign existing resources to support ZEV transitions in EMDE countries during this decade of support.
The ZEV National Partnership with India, signed with the UK and US, aims to provide tailored and impactful support to help India achieve its ambitious ZEV commitments.
Scalable ZEV Rapid Response Facility (ZEV-RRF) to address short-term, urgent technical support needs of EMDE governments and help unlock larger projects and funding for their ZEV transitions.
The US-led ZEV Emerging Markets Initiative – in partnership with the UK government and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development – facilitates dialogue between EMDE governments and large international companies to increase investment in national transformation.
The first tranche of the World Bank’s Global Transport Decarbonization Facility project will also be launched at C.O.P.27, backed by UK funding announced at C.O.P.26. This includes supporting transport electrification projects in countries such as India and Ghana, as well as supporting transport electrification projects in more regions through its new Regional Finance Facility for Transport Decarbonization in Sub-Saharan Africa.
Also on Solutions Day, the UK-US co-led Zero Emissions Vehicle Transition Council (ZEVTC) unveiled its new annual action plan and set priorities for 2023. These include infrastructure, the role of fleets in the ZEV transition, and equitable consumer access and support for a fairer transition as priority areas for discussion and collaboration among members in the coming year.
Catherine Stewart, Ambassador for Climate Change, Canada said:
“It’s clear that rapid transition to more zero emission vehicles is crucial to keeping the Paris Agreement goal of 1.5ºC within reach, while helping Canada and the world achieve a better, cleaner future. The work being done as part of Accelerating the Global Transition to Zero Emission Vehicles helps bring together countries, sub-national governments, businesses and investors. This is an important step in taking meaningful climate action.”
Vivien Heijnen, Environment Minister, Netherlands, said:
“We should accelerate to zero, and we can. Clear targets, incentives and affordability and ease for users are key. It’s very inspiring to work with these frontrunners. Down the line, we’ll all benefit.”
Yana Garcia, California Secretary for Environmental Protection said:
“Greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution are harming our health, and destroying our planet and our atmosphere. We must transition to zero emission vehicles as quickly as possible. California is well on our way to ditching the tailpipe, and we’re proud to harness the strength of A2Z’s dynamic coalition of partners, as we do so. We can only go far together, and the coordinated effort led by A2Z is key in enabling us to do just that.”
Nicolas Peltier, Global Director for Transport, World Bank, said:
“There is an urgent need to lower emissions from transport, and the ZEVTC has made great progress in creating momentum behind the importance of increased Electric Vehicle adoption. New World Bank research finds a strong economic case for e-mobility adoption in many developing countries and suggests achievable entry points such as electric buses and electric two- and three-wheeled vehicles. We have known for quite some time that transitioning to e-mobility was important, but now, with this research, we know it will be feasible in many countries. We are optimistic that through cooperation with partners, we can expand the financing available for e-mobility initiatives and use our Global Facility to Decarbonize Transport (GFDT) to pilot new approaches for making zero-emission transport a reality in developing countries.”
Mr Andreas Carlson, Minister for Infrastructure and Housing, Sweden:
“An accelerated electrification of transport is key to achieve the Swedish climate goals and the objective of the Paris Agreement. Participation in the A2Z coalition and the ZEV Government Leaders emphasise the Swedish government’s commitment to climate action and international cooperation. The Swedish industry is onboard with the technical solutions and the shared engagement, let’s pioneer the possible.”
Helen Clarkson, CEO, Climate Group said:
“We need all stakeholders to work together to achieve the ZEV transition at pace and scale. The global ZEV Declaration demonstrates the growing consensus that we need to phase out Internal Combustion Engine vehicles by 2035 in leading countries and no later than 2040 globally. We’re looking forward to working with our partners in the A2Z coalition to keep this community of leaders growing and building the connections that will allow us to achieve this goal together.”
Sheila Watson, Deputy Director, FIA Foundation said:
“The FIA Foundation is proud to be a ‘Spoke’ partner of the ZEV Rapid Response Facility. The global transition to zero-emission road vehicles is essential to achieve our global climate goals, but it is also vital that no country is left behind. We will bring many years of experience working with EMDEs through the Global Fuel Economy Initiative to the Facility to ensure every country gets the support it requires to make the mobility transformation needed to protect our planet”
Monica Araya, Distinguished Fellow, ClimateWorks said:
“A2Z brings together the world’s first coalition to advance zero-emission vehicles in all segments. At Drive Electric, we celebrate and support this coalition of developed and developing countries, governments and manufacturers, cities and other non-state actors that aim to go faster for the benefit of health, climate, and the economy.”
Drew Kodjak, Executive Director, ICCT said:
“ICCT research has repeatedly shown that to achieve the Paris Climate Accord goal of staying well below 2°C, the largest and leading vehicle markets need to hit 100% electrification of passenger car sales by 2035. The launch of the Accelerating to Zero Coalition creates a forum where the most ambitious governments, automakers, fleet owners, and other stakeholders can give and receive support for their efforts to achieve 100% ZEV car and van fleets. We are happy to support the Coalition and build on the momentum created since COP26 through the ZEV Declaration.”
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