Why electric mobility matters – UNEP

Mazino Dickson

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Environmental activists the world over have consistently pursued the campaign for nations to eliminate fossil fuels by adopting electric cars.

It is believed that this move would help curb the damaging effects of greenhouse gas emissions from cars, trucks, and other movable equipment.

The transport sector is almost completely dependent on fossil fuels; contributing approximately one quarter of all energy related carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, which is set to go to one-third, growing faster than any other sector.

Many nations in Europe, North America  and Asia have set various targets for the total abandonment of fossil fuels for electric-powered operations in the coming years – a direct fall out of the Paris Climate Change agreement.

Today, one out of four cars sold in Norway is electric; while in China a national 2&3 wheelers strategy that started ten years ago has now resulted in electric two and three wheelers having all but replaced petrol motorbikes in its major cities – with 230 million electric bikes in use to date.

Fortunately, the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) – the global environment umbrella body – is not left out.

UNEP’s E-mobility programme supports countries, with a special focus on emerging economies, in introducing electric mobility.

It is work with countries and its strategic partners to support a shift from fossil fuels to electric vehicles, including busses, 2 and 3 wheelers and light duty vehicles.

UNEP will use its extensive network and country contacts to promote electric mobility with a special focus on exchanging best practices and clean technology options and support the development of electric mobility strategies and road maps at national and regional level.