COP26 accelerates move to electrification

COP26 accelerates move to electrification

Posted by

Marc Murphy

November 2021

The COP26 climate conference is now over with a commitment to vehicle electrification in place.

On a global basis, the government – along with country, industry and fleet signatories – committed to working towards both cars and vans being zero emission by 2040, and by 2035 in leading markets.

While not every car and van maker signed up to the commitment, nor indeed the US and China, it was a significant statement of intent as the process of electrification accelerates. In Western Europe, every 10th new model on the market is a pure EV according to a report by analyst Matthias Schmidt.

In the UK the rate has been higher for the last two months (September and October), with the SMMT reporting that 15% of all cars registered during these months were pure electric.

“As a business, we are signed up to the EV100 commitment, so we very much applaud these actions,” commented Martin Brown, chair of Fleet Alliance. “We are committed to switching our corporate customers to EVs and planning to electrify our managed fleet of over 30,000 vehicles by 2030, ahead of the COP26 agreement. Our own corporate fleet is already fully electric.”

Fleet Alliance has enjoyed a grandstand view of the COP26 proceedings from its headquarters overlooking the Scottish Event Campus where the climate conference has been taking place.

“While it might be judged that COP26 has fallen short of its desired aim of keeping climate warming to within 1.5 degrees, it was, nevertheless, successful at highlighting the issues and getting positive actions to prevent further change,” continued Martin Brown.

“Significant commitments have been made and a further meeting – COP27 – organised in a year’s time to bring that 1.5 degree temperature rise limit within potential grasp. But what I found heartening was the presence of financial institutions and business representation at COP26. The environment is now firmly on their agenda. As it should be for everyone. COP26 may have gone. But we cannot take our foot off the accelerator to ensuring a greener environment.”

The COP26 conference took place between 31 October and 13 November at the Glasgow SEC, just around the corner from the Fleet Alliance offices. Fleet Alliance supports the aims of COP26 to reverse climate change and encourage greater sustainability.

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