A Turning Point for Global Transport

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At the COP26 in Glasgow and representing a global response to climate emissions from trucks and buses as well as marking a turning point for global transport, 15 countries have agreed to work together toward 100 per cent zero-emission new truck and bus sales by 2040. 

Under the new Global Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles (ZE-MHDVs), Austria, Canada, Chile, Denmark, Finland, Luxembourg, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Scotland, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, Uruguay and Wales are setting an interim goal of 30 per cent zero-emission new vehicle sales by 2030. 

In a coordinated effort, top manufacturers and fleets like Scania, DHL, and Heineken are endorsing the MOU and agreeing to work collaboratively toward the same 2030 and 2040 goals. Participants in this coordinated global effort agree that zero-emission trucks and buses are essential to reducing transport emissions, mitigating climate change, improving air quality, reducing the use of fossil fuels and energy costs.

a turning point for global transport
Scania CEO, Christian Levin

“We endorse this global agreement on zero-emission trucks and buses as part of wider efforts to accelerate the shift towards sustainable transport,” said Scania President and CEO Christian Levin. “We will do our part to facilitate scaling of solutions faster and more cost-efficiently, not the least through initiatives that spur the build out of charging infrastructure for heavy vehicles.”

The MoU means that for the first time, leading countries are aligned on a pathway toward reaching 100% zero-emission new truck and bus sales by 2040. Plus, cars, vans, trucks, and buses are all on a pathway to 100 per cent zero emissions and in line to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement and limit global warming to 1.5 degrees.

“For too long our medium- and heavy-duty vehicles were too difficult to decarbonise, but technology is improving fast and costs are reducing quickly,” said Steven van Weyenberg, Minister for the Environment of the Netherlands, one of the signatories of the new MOU. “So now is the time to speed up. Not just for the climate. Everyone has the right to breathe clean air. This cuts both ways: investments now will lead to more green jobs in the coming years. I call on other countries to join our effort as soon as possible.”

a turning point for global transport

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