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Video » Why the air we breathe is not as clean as we think

ABB Formula E explains why the air around us represents a potentially major health threat to over 90% of the planet, with children around the world born into an environment where their first breath contains polluted air.

As the risks increase, Saunders CB reveals how global initiatives hope to improve the situation and how driving electric cars is one change we can all make to achieve a huge difference in #TheRaceForCleanAir

Why The Air We Breathe Is Not As Clean As We Think

In an open letter to the EU Commission, ABB, Maersk, SAP, Scania, Siemens, Volkswagen and others have committed themselves to the ambitious Green Deal

The new President of the EU Commission, Ursula von der Leyen has set ambitious goals for Europe with the Green Deal. By 2050, net emissions of greenhouse gases in the European Union are to be reduced to zero, making the environment one of the most important priorities.

Volkswagen and ten other international companies with headquarters in Europe are convinced that only an environmentally compatible, sustainable orientation will create the basis for economic success and future prosperity.

CEO Initiative for Europe’s Green Deal

COLLABORATING TO RECOVER FOR A MORE RESILIENT, PROSPEROUS AND SUSTAINABLE EUROPE

I. LEARNING FROM THE CRISIS TO UNLOCK CHANCES FOR THE FUTURE

We, the CEO Initiative for Europe’s Recovery, Reform and Resilience, represent multinational companies across different sectors that employ a total of 1.7 million people generating more than 600 billion euros in revenue. Our companies are staying committed to the Paris Climate Change Agreement and have adopted own decarbonisation plans.

While Europe is facing an unprecedented challenge by the disruptions of the Covid-19 pandemic, we stand ready to strongly support the EU Commission’s “Next Generation EU” to kick start the economies in short term, but also prepare for the longer-term transformation to build a more resilient, digitalized, prosperous and sustainable Europe for future generations.

II. CORE PRINCIPLES FOR A SUSTAINABLE RECOVERY AND THE LONGER TERM TRANSFORMATION OF EUROPEAN INDUSTRIES
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California takes bold and timely step to reduce truck pollution » Commerical trucks must start offering electric options by 2024, must offer only zero-emission by 2045

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Zero-Emissions Fuel-Cell Electric Kenworth Toyota UPS Delivery Truck

The California Air Resources Board (CARB) is requiring truck manufacturers to transition from diesel trucks and vans to electric zero-emission trucks beginning in 2024. By 2045, every new truck sold in California must be zero-emission.

According to CARB, commercial trucks are the largest single source of vehicular air pollution, responsible for 70 percent of the smog-causing pollution and 80 percent of carcinogenic diesel soot even though they number only 2 million among the 30 million registered vehicles in the state.

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The nation’s toughest clean-air mandate on trucks was approved Thursday by the California Air Resources Board.

In effect, the board ordered manufacturers of medium-duty and heavy-duty commercial trucks to begin selling zero-emission versions in 2024, with 100,000 sold in California by 2030 and 300,000 by 2035.

The mandate is intended to cut air pollution and push the state toward ambitious greenhouse gas reduction goals — 40% below 1990 levels by 2030 and 80% below by 2050.

Several other states, most in the Northeast, plan to adopt the air board’s mandate, known as the Advanced Clean Truck initiative. “There’s clearly a national interest” in reducing pollution, Katie Dykes, the commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection, said Thursday.

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A majority of Europeans living in cities don’t want to see air pollution return to pre-Covid levels and support radical changes in transport

It’s time. This is a time of unbelievable crisis and the economy will need to be rebuilt. Nobody wanted the coronavirus pandemic. Nobody asked for this. But nonetheless, this is an opportunity we can seize upon. People don’t want to go back to the way it was. We want better, for ourselves, and future generations. Policy makers need to take note and do the right thing.

Eoin Bannon / Transport & Environment »

Almost two out of every three people (64%) on average said they do not want to go back to pre-Covid pollution levels, according to a pan-European survey by international polling company YouGov.

Over two-thirds (68%) agreed that cities must take effective measures to protect citizens from air pollution, even if it means preventing polluting cars from entering city centres to protect clean air, with as many as 63% of drivers themselves in support. Around three quarters (74%) said cities must take effective measures to protect citizens from air pollution, even if this requires reallocating public space to walking, cycling and public transport. Just 10% opposed taking such action.

The survey of 7,545 adults in 21 metropolitan areas across Europe between 14-21 May was commissioned by T&E and the European Public Health Alliance (EPHA). It paints a picture of broad public support for radical action to maintain the low levels of air pollution from traffic and other sources when countries imposed pandemic lockdown measures. Since lockdown has been lifted, pollution has ramped back up in China, compounded by unusually high levels of commuter traffic. Already there are similar signs in Europe.

More » PV Magazine » Does corona pave the way for a real Green Deal revolution?

‘There is no other option’ » UK climate committee urges government to accelerate phase-out of new petrol and diesel cars to 2032

The UK government’s climate advisory group, the Committee on Climate Change (CCC), released a report that states the UK needs to phase out new internal combustion vehicles by 2032.

While acknowledging the coronavirus pandemic is a tragedy, Committee on Climate Change CEO, Chris Stark, stated »

“Covid-19 itself is not an opportunity, but I think it is true to say it has created an opportunity – and that’s the chance to pull off a sharper course correction [for] UK emissions and to be better prepared for the kind of changes in climate that are coming for the country,” said Stark.

Susanna Twidale / Reuters »

“If we are to emerge successfully from COVID 19 there is only one route, and that route is one which enables us also to fight climate change,” the chair of the Committee on Climate Change, John Gummer, said in a press briefing.

A target to phase out new petrol and diesel cars should be brought forward to 2032 from 2040 currently, with money ploughed into electric vehicle charging and incentives to encourage people buy low-carbon cars, the CCC said.

Money could also be raised by increasing taxes on fossil fuel used for transport, it said.

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Tesla Inc. hails air-quality effects of the pandemic shutdowns » the same shutdowns CEO Elon Musk called ‘fascist’ and sued over

Gabrielle Coppola / Bloomberg »

Tesla Inc. is proffering a decidedly different take on the coronavirus-related shutdowns CEO Elon Musk called “fascist” and sued over weeks ago by suggesting they may bolster the case for banning internal-combustion engine cars.

In its 2019 Impact Report released Monday, Tesla pointed to sharp improvements in air quality in recent months tied to restrictions on business and travel aimed at containing the spread of COVID-19. The company said the drop in pollution could embolden governments that already have been making plans to eventually ban vehicles that run on fossil fuels.

“It is not hard to imagine that many cities could become electric-only in the near future as they begin to witness the impact that ICE vehicles have on air quality,” Tesla said in the report.

Canadian researchers model the health benefits of electric cars, find ‘large improvement in air quality’

University of Toronto »

Electric vehicles are often touted as a means of mitigating climate change, but a new University of Toronto model suggests that their public health benefits may be just as significant.

“Local air pollution within urban environments is highly detrimental to human health,” says Marianne Hatzopoulou, an associate professor in the department of civil and mineral engineering in the Faculty of Applied Science & Engineering who led the research.

“When you have an electric vehicle with no tailpipe emissions, you’re removing a wide range of contaminants – from nitrogen oxides to fine particulate matter – from the near-road environment and shifting them to power plants. The net effect remains a large improvement in air quality.”

Health Canada estimates that 14,600 premature deaths per year can be attributed to air pollution, with more than 3,000 of these in the Greater Toronto Hamilton Area (GTHA).

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