UNEP’s E-mobility programme supports countries, with a special focus on emerging economies, in introducing electric mobility.
Currently, the transport sector is almost completely dependent on fossil fuels. It contributes approximately one quarter of all energy related carbon dioxide emissions to the atmosphere, which is set to go to one-third, growing faster than any other sector. Leading by example, some countries have put in place policies to support the use of electric vehicles. For example, through a comprehensive set of fiscal and non-fiscal measures, one out of four cars sold in Norway today is electric, while in China a national 2&3 wheelers strategy that started ten years ago has now resulted in electric two and three wheelers having all but replaced petrol motorbikes in its major cities – with 230 million electric bikes in use to date. Such practices need to be scaled up and replicated around the world to achieve the desired impact.
UNEP will work with countries and its strategic partners to support a shift from fossil fuels to electric vehicles, including busses, 2 and 3 wheelers and light duty vehicles. UNEP will use its extensive network and country contacts to promote electric mobility with a special focus on exchanging best practices and clean technology options and support the development of electric mobility strategies and roadmaps at national and regional level.