Volvo Cars becomes founding member of Accelerating to Zero Coalition and calls for more climate action from governments

Volvo Cars have announced it is joining the Accelerating to Zero Coalition, which will be launched later at this year’s UN Climate Change Conference (COP27) in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. During COP27, Volvo Cars also called on countries to step up their own climate action and meet the threat of global warming.

The Accelerating to Zero Coalition consists of a broad group of stakeholders committed to facilitating and increasing the pace of the transition to zero-emission mobility.

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It builds on last year’s Glasgow Declaration on zero emission vehicles at COP26. Signatories committed to working towards making 100 per cent of global car and van sales free of tailpipe emissions by 2040 and no later than 2035 in leading markets, including Europe, China, Japan and the US.

The formation of the Coalition addresses the need for an international platform for global zero-tailpipe-emission vehicle (ZEV) leadership. Through close collaboration, it aims to help create the right conditions to boost zero-tailpipe-emission cars and vans, including through the electrification of corporate fleets and the development of a comprehensive charging infrastructure.

Volvo Cars Chief Executive Jim Rowan will welcome its formation and collaborative approach as part of the Coalition launch during COP27 and encourage more manufacturers to sign the Declaration and join the Coalition.

With its ambition to be a fully electric car company by 2030, Volvo Cars intends to influence the pace of the automotive industry’s transition to full electrification.

Jim Rowan, Volvo Cars chief executive, said: “Combustion engines are technology of the past and we must abandon them if we are to meet the greatest threat facing humanity – climate change.”

The announcement comes a week after the launch of Volvo Cars’ new fully electric flagship, the Volvo EX90. The company intends to launch one new electric car every year in the coming years.

Separately, Volvo Cars joined more than 200 other businesses and civil society organisations in signing a call, organised by the We Mean Business Coalition, on national governments to increase their climate ambition and delivery.

Volvo EX90 Reveal by Jim Rowan

So far only 29 out of 194 countries have done so after COP26, despite pledging to do so under the Glasgow Climate Pact. The call makes clear that 1.5 degrees of global warming is a limit rather than a target and that urgent national action is essential if the world is not to exceed this limit.

In addition, during a panel discussion hosted by Volvo Cars, Anders Kärrberg, Head of Sustainability, also announced it is endorsing the Call on Carbon initiative. Together with Inter IKEA, H&M Group, SSAB and others, the initiative urges governments to introduce an effective policy framework for carbon pricing.

Anders Kärrberg, Volvo Cars Head of Sustainability, said; “We recognise the role carbon pricing has in helping tackle climate change. When announcing our internal carbon price of 1,000 SEK for every tonne of carbon emissions at COP26, we became the first car maker to implement a global carbon pricing mechanism, covering its complete value chain emissions.”

“By endorsing the Call on Carbon, we are once again demonstrating our willingness to contribute to lead the entire automotive industry towards a more sustainable future. 

“We must urgently work against re-orientate financial mechanisms to help us stay within the limit of 1.5 degree global warming. This can both add stability for investors as well as support a just transition for affected workers and farmers, families and communities that will be affected as a result of such changes.”

This is a positive step forwards from Volvo Cars and one that, hopefully, other manufacturers will follow to help the urgent need to move towards a cleaner greener future in the auto industry. 

Ian Osborne
Ian Osborne
Editor-in-Chief at ElectricDrives

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