Rwanda joins global pledge to end sale of polluting vehicles by 2040

Rwanda has joined a group of countries in talks to end polluting vehicles by 2040 [Image: @courtesy]
Rwanda has joined a group of countries at the COP26 UN climate talks, that declared to end polluting vehicles by 2040.

The signatories include 24 governments, 8 developing countries and emerging economies, 40 cities, states, and regional governments, 11 automotive manufacturers, 27, fleet owners and operators or shared mobility platforms, 13 investors with significant shareholdings in automotive manufacturers, two financial institutions, and other 17 signatories.

“As a government, we will work towards all sale of new cars and vans being zero-emission by 2040 or earlier, or by no later than 2035 in leading markets,” reads a joint statement.

The commitment seeks to rapidly accelerate the transitions to zero-emission vehicles to achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement.

Paris deal aims to limit global warming to 2 Degree Celsius with an ambitious target to reach 1.5 degrees Celsius.

The pledge calls on all developed countries to strengthen the collaboration and internatio9nal support offer to facilitate a global, equitable, and just transition.

The declaration was signed by governments, cities and states, automotive manufactures, business fleet owners and operators, investors, financial institutions, among others.

The governments have committed to putting in place policies that will enable, accelerate, or incentivize the transition to zero-emission vehicles as soon a possible.

Governments in emerging markets and developing economies have pledged to work intensely towards the accelerated proliferation and adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

“We call on all developed countries to strengthen the collaboration for a global, equitable, and just transition,” they said in a joint statement.

We confirm our support for an accelerated transition to zero-emission vehicles in line with achieving 100% new car and van sales being-emission in leading markets by 2035.

The signatories say the transition presents new opportunities for clean growth, green jobs, and public health benefits from improving air quality.