The Conference of the Parties number 26 (COP26) ended with a number of new pledges and targets made. We touched on some of these in our last blog and they included a phase-down of coal and the Global Methane Pledge.
The Zero Emission Vehicles Action Plan
The Zero Emission Vehicles Transition Council: 2022 Action Plan is designed to support the transition to zero-emission vehicles via:
- More global investment in charging infrastructure for light and heavy-duty vehicles starting with the establishment of a task force of automotive manufacturers, energy network providers and charge-point operators to consider actions needed to facilitate deployment.
- This will include working with electricity grids to ensure they are prepared to support the increased demands of electric vehicles charging and how increased electric vehicle uptake can support balancing our grids with greater green power.
- Development of fuel efficiency standards and regulations that will accelerate the deployment of zero-emission vehicles, mobilise investment, and reduce costs.
- Develop options for enhancing support for developing countries in the global transition to zero-emission heavy goods vehicles.
Ensure the ZEV transition is truly global.
Here’s the problem!
All these initiatives sound great, filled with a whole bunch of ambition. However, the problem is that this ambition is still insufficient to bridge the gap to reach the 1.5°C warming limit.
The Climate Active Tracker graphic above summarizes the situation. The pledges and targets (if they are enacted) are estimated to only hold the earth to 2.1°C warming.
The next from Climate Active Tracker shows 2100 warming projections under different scenarios. You nearly need to be a rocket scientist to understand it, but the key takeaway we get from it is that the world is currently emitting approximately 50Gt of carbon emissions each year and to hold to 1.5°C warming, global emissions need to be half that i.e. 25GT per year.
That’s the problem!