At last year’s climate talks in Marrakech, the global community reaffirmed its commitment to the 2015 Paris Agreement objective of limiting world temperature rises to between 1.5 and 2 degrees Celsius. Achieving this ambitious goal will require a cross-sector effort, including from the automotive industry. But how we can we cut CO2emissions from cars in a world in which demand for transport is only going up and up?
Urbanization, combined with strong population growth, will add almost three billion people to cities by 2050, by which point two-thirds of the world’s population will be urban dwellers. At the same time, cities around the world are expected to face a 260% increase in demand for urban transportation by 2050. “Road transportation already accounts for 17% of energy-related global CO2 emissions,” says LeasePlan CEO Tex Gunning. “This figure is only going to go up unless we work together as an industry to bring emissions down.”
260% increase in demand for transport.
We need to make these efforts now: if we don’t manage to bend the rising emissions curve downward by 2020, we’ll miss the chance to avoid the worst climate damage. That’s why we’re committed to doing what we can to achieve the goals set out in the Paris Agreement by helping to decarbonize the automotive sector. This is a humanitarian priority as much as an environmental necessity. We need action now.
So what’s next?
“Cutting emissions from the automotive sector will require a global multi-stakeholder approach and strong private-public collaboration,” says Tex. “As a responsible company, LeasePlan is therefore committed to playing its part in eliminating emissions from the automotive sector and supporting the effective implementation of the Paris Agreement and climate-related Sustainable Development Goals. Our aim is to help create healthier environments in our towns and cities by promoting cleaner, low-emission vehicles and the infrastructure required to make these cars a viable option for our customers.”
Specific actions will include advocating policies that incentivize cleaner, low-emission vehicles, as well as collaborating with partners on sustainable transport initiatives, such as the uberGREEN initiative in Lisbon. “Over the coming years, we’ll also be working with leading OEMs to offer competitive low-emission vehicles to our customers, addressing issues around electric vehicle resale and battery reuse, and ensuring that, when our customers take out a lease, they know what low-emissions options are available to them. In short, as an industry, we have everything it takes to bring down emissions: now we need to act.”