How EV Startups Can Solve India’s Air Pollution Crisis
The 26th Conference of Paris, or COP26 to the United Nations Framework Convention for Climate Change, concluded with several nations, cities, automobile companies, financial institutions, and other vital stakeholders signing the COP26 Declaration on transport. Transport was the main agenda on the 10th day of COP26, and it is no surprise that this sector contributes a whopping 25% of global GHG emissions, with the percentage rising alarmingly. The Declaration is to ensure the sector maintains the 1.5-degree threshold. The ultimate aim is to speed up a smooth transition to electric vehicles while phasing out the sale of all fossil fuel-based vehicles by 2040. Leading automobile nations have set a steep target of doing so by 2035!The entire transport system is struggling with structural issues such as traffic congestion, adequate infrastructure availability, and commute affordability, among other issues. Not that the electrification of the whole fleet would magically resolve all pollution-related problems. Transitioning towards e-mobility is one of the many elements of a larger systematic change required to enable a sustainable, climate-friendly, resilient transport ecosystem.