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10.11.2021

COP26 declaration on accelerating the transition to 100% zero emission cars and vans

Declaration

As representatives of governments, businesses, and other organisations with an influence over the future of the automotive industry and road transport, we commit to rapidly accelerating the transition to zero emission vehicles to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement. (We will make clear this declaration is not legally binding and focused on a global level)

Together, we will work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission (For the avoidance of doubt, within the context of this declaration a zero emission car and van is one that produces zero greenhouse gas emissions at the tailpipe.) globally by 2040, and by no later than 2035 in leading markets

A. As governments, we will work towards all sales of new cars and vans being zero emission by 2040 or earlier, or by no later than 2035 in leading markets.

B. As governments in emerging markets and developing economies, we will work intensely towards accelerated proliferation and adoption of zero emission vehicles. We call on all developed countries to strengthen the collaboration and international support offer to facilitate a global, equitable and just transition.

C. As cities, states, and regional governments, we will work towards converting our owned or leased car and van fleets to zero emission vehicles by 2035 at the latest, as well as putting in place policies that will enable, accelerate, or otherwise incentivise the transition to zero emission vehicles as soon as possible, to the extent possible given our jurisdictional powers.

D. As automotive manufacturers, we will work towards reaching 100% zero emission new car and van sales in leading markets by 2035 or earlier, supported by a business strategy that is in line with achieving this ambition, as we help build customer demand.

E. As business fleet owners and operators, or shared mobility platforms, we will work towards 100% of our car and van fleets being zero emission vehicles by 2030, or earlier where markets allow.

F. As investors with significant shareholdings in automotive manufacturers, we will support an accelerated transition to zero emission vehicles in line with achieving 100% new car and van sales being zero emission in leading markets by 2035. We will provide proactive engagement and escalation of these issues with investees, coupled with encouraging all our holdings to decarbonise their fleets in line with science-based targets.

G. As financial institutions, we confirm our support for an accelerated transition to zero emission vehicles in line with achieving 100% new car and van sales being zero emission in leading markets by 2035, supported by making capital and financial products available to enable this transition for consumers, businesses, charging infrastructure and manufacturers.

H. As other signatories, we support an accelerated transition to zero emission vehicles in line with achieving 100% of new car and van sales being zero emission in leading markets by 2035.

We will support efforts to achieve the road transport breakthrough announced by world leaders, which aims to make zero emission vehicles the new normal by making them accessible, affordable and sustainable in all regions by 2030.

Together, we welcome the new opportunities for clean growth, green jobs and public health benefits from improving air quality; and that this transition could also boost energy security and help balance electricity grids as we make the transition to clean power.

Collectively, we commit to supporting a global, equitable and just transition so that no country or community is left behind. Where we represent leading markets, we will work to strengthen our international support offer for developing countries, emerging markets, and transitional economies – including, where applicable, through technical assistance, finance, and capacity building.

We welcome strong policy and bold commitments, alongside greater levels of investment into research, manufacturing, supply chains, infrastructure and – where applicable – development assistance, that will all be required to make an accelerated global transition a reality.

We will work together to overcome strategic, political, and technical barriers, accelerate the production of zero emission vehicles and increase economies of scale, to make the transition faster, lower cost, and easier for everyone. We will also work together to boost investment, bring down costs and increase the uptake of zero emission vehicles and the many economic, social and environmental benefits it brings.

We recognise that alongside the shift to zero emission vehicles, a sustainable future for road transport will require wider system transformation, including support for active travel, public and shared transport, as well as addressing the full value chain impacts from vehicle production, use and disposal.

Signatories

A. Governments

Austria

Azerbaijan

Belgium

Cambodia

Canada

Cape Verde

Chile

Croatia

Cyprus

Denmark

El Salvador

Finland

Iceland

Ireland

Israel

Liechtenstein

Lithuania

Luxembourg

Malta

Netherlands

New Zealand

Norway

Poland

Slovenia

Sweden

The Holy See

United Kingdom

Uruguay

B. Governments in emerging markets and developing economies

Armenia

Dominican Republic

Ghana

India – two-wheelers and three-wheelers constitute more than 70% of global sales and more than 80% in India. All governments should also support the transition of these light vehicles to zero emission vehicles

Kenya

Secretariat of Economy, Mexico

Morocco

Paraguay

Rwanda

Turkey

Ukraine

C. Cities, states and regional governments

Akureyri

Ann Arbor

Atlanta

Australian Capital Territory

Barcelona

Berkeley-Charleston-Dorchester Council of Governments

Secretariat of Mobility, Bogota

Bologna

Bristol

British Columbia

Buenos Aires

California

Catalonia

Catamarca Province

Charleston

Dallas

Florence

Gangwon Province

Jeju Province

La Paz

Lagos

Los Angeles

New South Wales (Australia)

New York

New York City

Northern Ireland

Quebec

Reykjavik

Rio de Janeiro

Rome

San Diego

San Francisco

Santa Monica

Sao Paolo

Scotland

Seattle

Sejong City

Seoul Metropolitan Government

Government of Sikkim

South Australia

South Chungcheong Province

Ulsan Metropolitan City

Victoria (Australia)

Wales

Washington (state)

D. Automotive manufacturers

Avera Electric Vehicles

BYD Auto

Etrio Automobiles Private Limited

Ford Motor Company

Gayam Motor Works

General Motors

Jaguar Land Rover

Mercedes-Benz

MOBI

Quantum Motors

Volvo Cars

E. Fleet owners and operators or shared mobility platforms

ABB

Astra Zeneca

BT Group

Capgemini

Centrica

Danfoss

E.On

EDP

GlaxoSmithKline

Highland Electric Fleets HP Inc.

Iberdrola

Ingka Group/IKEA

LeasePlan Corporation

National Grid

Novo Nordisk

Openreach

Sainsbury’s

Siemens

SK Networks

Sky UK Limited

SSE

Tesco

Uber Technologies Inc.

Unilever

Vattenfall

Zenith

Zurich

F. Investors with significant shareholdings in automotive manufacturers

Adrian Dominican Sisters – Portfolio Advisory Board

AP7

Arabesque Asset Management

Committee on Mission Responsibility Through Investment of the Presbyterian Church USA

Congregation of St Joseph

Daughters of Charity, Province of St Louise

EOS at Federated Hermes

Impax Asset Management Group

Local Authority Pension Fund Forum

Mercy Investment Services Inc.

NEI Investments

Office of the New York City Comptroller

Seventh Generation Interfaith Coalition for Responsible Investment

G. Financial institutions

Aviva

NatWest

H. Other signatories

ADS-TEC Energy GmbH

AMPLY Power

Autovert Technologies Private Limited

Bengal Chamber of Commerce and Industry

Central & Eastern Europe Green Transport Initiative

Drive Electric Campaign

Enzen Global Solutions Private Limited

FIA Foundation

Global EV Drivers Association

Grip Invest Advisors Private Limited

International Council on Clean Transportation

Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change

Indian Chamber of Commerce

International Trade Union Confederation

Ohm Mobility

Polish Alternative Fuels Association

RMI India

Swiss eMobility

Urban Transport Authority for Lima and Callao

WeaveGrid