Climate change reshaping global auto sector: Cabinet information centre

MENA , Ahram Online , Sunday 11 Sep 2022

The Egyptian cabinet's Information and Decision Support Centre (IDSC) has recently affirmed that transitioning the global vehicle fleet to zero-emission vehicle (ZEV) technologies is crucial to decarbonising road transport and meeting climate goals.

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At the global level, the transport sector emits about 12 gigatons of carbon dioxide per year, representing about 25 percent of greenhouse gases, according to a recently issued report by the IDSC analysing the role of climate change in reshaping the automotive sector.

Demand for passenger transport is projected to grow in all world regions over the upcoming decades, the report said.

Consequently, emissions are expected to grow by about 21 gigatons of carbon dioxide by 2050, in the event that strict measures are not taken to reduce emissions, according to the report.

The IDSC, meanwhile, quoted a report by the UN saying that the worldwide fleet of private cars is projected to triple by 2050, resulting in an increase in carbon pollution.

Egypt, the host of the upcoming 27th session of the UN Climate Change Conference (COP27), seeks to expand reliance on green public transport, including the high-speed electric train network, the electric light rail transit (LRT) project, the monorail, and the bus rapid transit (BRT) system.

Additionally, since early 2021, Egypt has launched the Go Green initiative to offer owners of fossil-fuel vehicles over 20-years-old incentives to replace their old cars with new locally manufactured hybrid models to minimise environmental harm and make use of plentiful domestic natural gas production.

The initiative aims to reduce fuel imports, decrease pollution from harmful emissions, ensure the safety of drivers and passengers and tap into the potential of unexploited auto factories.

At the time, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi stressed the special attention the country is giving to the conversion and replacement initiative given its direct benefit for citizens, who are provided with new, low-cost gas-consuming models with low-interest financial facilities and long-term installment programs.

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