Goa signs global MoU on clean vehicles


The Indian state of Goa has endorsed a global agreement to reach 100% zero-emission new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales by 2040, with an interim goal of at least 30% new sales by 2030.

The announcement was made at the 14th Clean Energy Ministerial (CEM14) and 8th Mission Innovation (MI-8) that was just hosted in Goa. At the meeting, participants formulated a letter highlighting the measures that member countries, states and companies should take now.

Currently, 27 countries are signatories to the Global Memorandum of Understanding on Zero-Emission Medium- and Heavy-Duty Vehicles. Signatories include the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, many European countries, as well as the Dominican Republic, Kenya, Mexico, Morocco, Paraguay, Rwanda, Turkey, Uruguay, Ghana, and India – whereby the world’s now most populace country noted at the time that “two-wheelers and three-wheelers constitute more than 70% of global sales and more than 80% in India,” stating that “All governments should also support the transition of these light vehicles to zero-emission vehicles”.

Signatories also include roughly 80 subnational governments— including California, Québec, the Indian state of Telangana, and now Goa. The initiative also includes private sector companies, such as Scania, DHL, and Heineken, recently joined by Rivian, Megaflux, Motiv, Breytner, and Donaldson.

“Top global economies have the power today to send a clear signal to the market that zero-emission transport and transport infrastructure are top priorities when it comes to addressing the climate crisis. It’s a smart move from an air quality, technology leadership, economic and climate perspective,” said Minister Vivianne Heijnen, Dutch Minister for the Environment.

“The data is clear— we simply are not moving fast enough when it comes to zero-emission trucks, buses, and infrastructure. Active collaboration and cooperation, as well as a mix of strong policies, incentives and programs from across the world’s economies is critically needed to address rising transport emissions and the climate crisis,” said Stephanie Kodish, Global Senior Director and Lead of CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign. “The technological and economic realities show us that the moment to accelerate and transition is now.”



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