On automobile, COP26 gives birth from minimal agreement

The text, signed by a reduced group of builders and countries, is content to endorse decisions that are often already known.

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No Radical Turner for the Automotive Industry at 26 UNITED NATIONS CONFERENCE ON CLIMATE (COP26), Glasgow, Scotland. Return quickly and strong the greenhouse gas emissions of cars, however, was one of the four priorities of the British Presidency (with the release of coal, the safeguarding of forests and climate financial assistance). Las, Wednesday, November 10, on the occasion of the Transport Day of COP26, a Agreement has been signed between A coalition of states, automakers, auto fleet managers, cities and regions. But it is far from the initial ambition, just endorsing decisions that are often already known and in proportions and with limited scope.

The signatories “will endeavor to ensure that all sales of new cars and vans are at zero broadcast in the world by 2040, and at the latest in 2035 on the major markets,” explains the Adopted text. In addition to the fairly binding formulation, the agreement is signed only by a small group of six manufacturers – Americans General Motors (GM) and Ford, the German Mercedes-Benz, the Sino-Swedish Volvo, the Indo- British Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) and Chinese BYD – Barely 20% representative of world production (15 million vehicles out of 78 million products in 2020).

More embarrassing, 32 countries adhere to the agreement, but neither China nor the United States – the first two global automotive markets – have affixed their signature. Also absent from large automotions, both as cars consumers and producers: Germany, Japan, South Korea, Italy, Spain and France.

Excluded hybrids

The only “heavyweight” automobiles to enter the agreement are the United Kingdom, India, Mexico, Turkey and, to a lesser extent, Sweden. As for the European Union (EU), despite its FIT for 55 project, which aims to terminate the thermal engine in 2035, and although a dozen Member States agree to sign the agreement (including the Netherlands. , Denmark and Poland), it can not officially sign the text as long as the parliaments of each country have not ratified the European decision, explains the press release.

The announcement makes it all the more pschitt that it often is satisfied with confirming already known commitments. Signatory manufacturers had already clarified their intention to go to all-electric: Ford in 2040, GM in 2035, Mercedes and Volvo in 2030, and JLR in 2025. Country side or regions, the United Kingdom, California, Canada, Canada, Quebec had made the same promise to exit the thermal than the one they have just held. Without even talking about Norway, which decided to ban the kingdom the engine to explosion from 2025.

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