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A big year for transport at Climate Week NYC 2022

11 October 2022, 17:05 BST 3 min read

There was plenty to shout about at Climate Week NYC 2022 for our transport work. We not only celebrated the fifth anniversary of EV100, we also launched a new and hugely ambitious initiative, EV100+, which tackles the heaviest, most-polluting vehicles on our roads.

EV100’s fifth anniversary

After the excitement of being back in person at the Opening Ceremony of Climate Week NYC started to sink in, the following day, guests were invited to attend The Hub Live session ‘Are we there yet? Steering the global market towards EV100’.

Having launched EV100 at Climate Week NYC in 2017, it felt fitting to return to where it all started to to celebrate five years of the initiative. EV100 has grown from 10 original members to a network of over 120 leading businesses right across the globe. As our latest Annual Report shows, our members have committed to transition over 5.5 million vehicles to electric across 98 markets worldwide.

We took the chance at our session at the Hub Live this year to not only celebrate the key achievements of our members so far, but to look forward. After all, our members have committed to electrifying their fleets by 2030, so how can we go further, faster?

Our Director of Transport, Sandra Roling, acted as moderator across two sessions, with a group of our members on stage too. IKEA, Novo Nordisk, NTT, Siemens, AstraZeneca and WayCool Foods (who only joined EV100 the week before) all shared their experiences, including some of the challenges and successes to date, alongside their hopes for the future as we look towards 2030.

Those on stage had fleet vehicles on the roads all across the world, and the session was a great example of how EV100 is a truly global effort by our members.

The launch of EV100+

IKEA were not only on stage as EV100 representatives. They are one of the founding members of our new initiative that was announced on the morning of our event at Climate Week NYC – EV100+.

Alongside Unilever, JSW Steel, A.P. Moller-Maersk and GeoPost/DPDgroup, these five businesses have committed to transition their fleets over 7.5 tonnes, known as medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (MHDVs) to zero emission across all OECD markets, plus India and China, by 2040.

Representing just 4% of all vehicles on the road globally, MHDVs disproportionately account for 40% of all road transport emissions and a third of total transport fuel use. The technology to decarbonise the heaviest, most-polluting vehicles is developing all the time, and de-carbonised heavy trucking represents the final frontier for zero emission road transport. It’s a huge statement of ambition from our founding members that they are willing to commit to the de-carbonisation of their heaviest vehicles, and we hope to welcome many more businesses into the initiative over the next 12 months.

Get in touch

If you would like to find out more about either of our zero emission transport initiatives, please get in touch with Millie Pardoe, EV100 Corporate Engagement Manager, mpardoe@climategroup.org, or Erik Björke, Senior Manager EV100+, EBjorke@climategroup.org