CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero (Drive to Zero) workshop, which will highlight current and new global actions and partnerships aimed at cutting climate emissions from trucks, buses and other large vehicles, will take place today at Climate Week in NYC.
Drive to Zero, a strategic international initiative, is designed to catalyse the growth of the zero emission and near zero emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sector. The programme’s goal is to drive market viability for near- and zero-emission vehicles in key urban communities by 2025 and achieve fuel market deployment by 2040.
“We recognise the truck and bus sector plays a critical role in our success and we are now looking at ways to support local leaders in that sector, infrastructure and the public so we can accelerate the adoption of zero emission vehicles in Quebec and throughout North America,” said Benoit Charette, Quebec Minister of the Environment and the Fight against Climate Change.
The Government of Canada has already set sales targets for zero-emission road transportation across the country, including hydrogen powered vehicles. The first half of the year has already proved successful in meeting zero-emission targets with a 30% increase in the sales of zero emission vehicles in Canada, representing an estimated reduction of up to 26,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions per year.
Just last week, a study released by the Ministry of Energy said that the deployment of hydrogen in British Columbia, Canada will be required to meet decarbonisation goals and emissions reductions commitments.
The pressure is arguably now on for Canada and North America to decarbonise their transportation sector in order to meet decarbonisation and climate goals, and hydrogen seems to be a popular solution to this.
States such as California are already showing huge commitment to cutting emissions. In August, a report highlighted that between June 2018 and June 2019, the state of California saw the completion of six hydrogen refuelling stations and the deployment of over 1,500 fuel cell electric vehicles.
“Transport is the fastest growing emissions sector. Ingka (formerly IKEA Group) wants to lead change and go 100% zero emissions for last mile deliveries by the year 2025. We are confident we can achieve this through collaboration and new ways of working,” said Angela Hultberg, Head of Sustainable Mobility for IKEA Group.
CALSTART organised today’s workshop in partnership with the City of New York and Government of Quebec in recognition of their Governments’ commitments to cutting emissions.
“We are excited to host this forum with CALSTART as we work together to advance the fleet industry and bring ore zero emission vehicles and trucks into use,” said New York City Chief Fleet Office, Keith Kerman, with the Department of Citywide Administrative Services.