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ZEV Transition Council

The Zero Emission Vehicles Transition Council is an international forum focused on enhancing political cooperation on the transition to zero emission vehicles (ZEVs).

The Issue

To keep the Paris Agreement goal of limiting warming to 1.5 degrees Celsius within reach, we must rapidly reduce GHG emissions from transport.

Cars, vans, buses, and trucks account for 21% of global anthropogenic CO2 emissions. Under currently adopted policies, fleetwide CO2 emissions are projected to continue rising through 2050. Transitioning the global vehicle fleet to zero-emission vehicle technologies is crucial to decarbonizing road transport and meeting climate goals. Zero-emission vehicles can reduce greenhouse gas emissions as much as 80% over the vehicle’s life cycle—that is, counting emissions produced at every stage, from extracting and processing raw materials, through manufacturing, charging, and eventual disposal.

There is no way to achieve this with conventional cars powered by internal combustion engines, even if we fuel them with biofuels, electrofuels, or natural gas, or make them hybrids. Zero-emission vehicles—primarily, battery-electric vehicles—are the only technology that can decarbonize road transport as quickly as we need at a feasible cost. The average car stays on the road 15 years or more. So we need almost all new car sales around the world to be zero-emission by 2035.

Our Method

Convene

The ZEVTC brings together Ministers from governments that represent over 50% of the global car market. Council members have agreed to collectively address key challenges in the transition to ZEVs, enabling the transition to be faster, cheaper, and easier for all. The Council convenes on a regular basis to discuss how to accelerate the pace of the global transition to ZEVs, to reduce emissions and help the global economy meet our goals under the Paris Agreement.

Inform

Draw on expert technical input to understand the state of the ZEV transition and how best to accelerate it. Representative briefing topics include:

  • Quantifying life-cycle GHG emissions from potential technology pathways
  • Identifying effective policies to build and support ZEV markets
  • Tracking the pace of the transition, globally and in individual markets
  • Identifying opportunities and barriers for policy

Our Partners

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