The last petrol or diesel vehicles would be on the roads until 2050.
Currently, the transport sector emits about 14 percent of world greenhouse emissions and it’s not a secret we need a drastic change towards electric and eco-friendly cars to save our planet. A new study has discovered the last vehicle with a combustion engine will have to be sold by 2035 in order to meet the strict goal set by world leaders in 2015.
Climate Action Tracker (CAT), responsible for the study and backed by three European research groups, summarized the last petrol or diesel vehicles would be on the roads until 2050.
“It's striking that it's so early - it means a huge change in the whole automobile industry,” Niklas Hohne, NewClimate Institute, commented to Reuters.
In December 2015 world leaders met in Paris, a city banning old cars and bikes, and set a goal of limiting the rise in global temperatures to “well below” two degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit) above pre-industrial levels. An even more ambitious limit of 1.5 C (2.7 F) was also discussed.
In order to remain on track for limiting global warming by 2 C (3.5 F), governments have to double fuel economy standards in new passenger cars by 2030, and achieve a 50-percent EV uptake by 2050. But a 1.5 C (2.7 F) pathway requires more action.
“Even a date of 2035 or so for the last new fossil-fuel powered passenger car could be late: the earlier we decarbonize the transport system, the less we will need to rely on negative emissions that largely require technologies still awaiting large-scale deployment,” Michiel Schaeffer of Climate Analytics commented
CAT also points out another important thing – a greener transport would require parallel shift to clean power generation from renewable sources, replacing power generation on fossil fuels. The United States, China, the European Union, India, Mexico, and Brazil are seen as the biggest emitters these days, while overall emissions are expected to decrease most strongly in Japan.