Early on Wednesday, a declaration was made to accelerate the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans globally by 2040. As part of the pledge, several vehicle manufacturers committed to ensuring that sales of new cars and vans are 100% zero emission by 2035. Several major economies signed up to the deal including the UK and Canada, however the US and China were notably absent, as were major car producers Toyota and VW.
Our group head of transport, Tim Anderson, commented: “We are inspired and motivated by today’s COP26 declaration to accelerate the transition to 100% zero emission cars, vans and in particular HGVs. This is a significant step towards the decarbonisation of transport for people and goods.
“Energy Saving Trust will work with our partners to drive the zero carbon transport agenda, including offering electric vehicle incentives and promoting new initiatives for active travel and we continue to support government across all areas of transport decarbonisation. There is significant work still to be done and we remain committed to working hard to facilitate a shift in behaviour, with accessibility and fairness for all being at the core of our mission.”