Big car countries opt out of COP26 clean vehicle pledge

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Source: Politico, 2021-11-10

The UK government failed to secure backing from big car-producing countries for a declaration at the COP26 climate summit that would commit them to ban the sale of gasoline and diesel vehicles by 2040 at the latest.

The US, China, Germany and France all failed to join the list of signatories, with just 32 countries agreeing to the plan, including India, Turkey and 12 generally high-ambition EU member countries.

While Volvo, Daimler, Ford and General Motors did agree to the plan from the industry side, other major carmakers such as Volkswagen, Renault, Stellantis, BMW and Nissan opted out. 

The declaration commits those signing to work toward all new cars and van sales "being zero emission by 2040 or earlier, or by no later than 2035 in leading markets." For automakers, it pledges to make sure that 100 percent of sales are zero emission by 2035 at the latest.

The European Commission wants to ban the sale of combustion engine cars from 2035 through new emission-reduction targets.

The list of signatories to the COP26 declaration pushed by the UK government also includes fleet operators, financial institutions and regional governments, including the cities of Rome and Barcelona.

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