Road transportation ranks as one of the largest discrete end-use contributors to greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions at 11%, and is among the fastest growing GHG sources. The conversion of major vehicle fleets to low emission vehicle technologies is an important opportunity to reduce urban GHG emissions. It is expected that the Low Emission Vehicle (LEV) Network will have a notable environmental impact since, for example, each electric vehicle that displaces a conventional car saves approximately 1.5 tons of CO2 per year. This represents a 62% reduction compared to a petrol-powered car, and a 53% reduction compared to a diesel-powered car. These technologies can also support city efforts in tackling air quality issues – for example, the European Environment Agency contends that shifting to electric vehicles and other anti-pollution measures could cut Europe’s premature death toll due to air pollution in half by 2020.
The C40 Low Emission Vehicle Network is currently working with almost a third of C40 cities who feel cleaner vehicle technologies are crucial to reducing their transport emissions. The network serves as a platform for cities to share best practices and policies to reduce emissions by promoting the use of a range of low emission vehicles like electric and hydrogen fuel cell. By bringing cities together, and convening and collaborating with key industry stakeholders, the network acts as a catalyst for action, accelerating the implementation of low emission vehicle strategies.
Like all cities, many of the challenges facing New York City are unique, but we know that solutions come from the entire globe. Sharing knowledge allows us to improve and speed up learning and deployment of climate change actions. The exchange spearheaded by the global C40 Low Emission Vehicle Network allows collaborating cities to share innovations and learn from each other. For example, we have applied valuable lessons from Bogota and Amsterdam in crafting our charging infrastructure strategy, while also sharing New York's actions to make 20% of new off-street parking EV charger ready.Daniel Zarrilli, Director of New York City’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency