During the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow, Poland joined the declaration on emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles. “The document does not introduce any prohibition, it is only an incentive to take steps to achieve zero emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans” – informed the Ministry of Climate and Environment in a reply sent to TVN24 Biznes.
Last Saturday, after two weeks of the UN climate summit in Glasgow (COP26) representatives of almost 200 countries accepted the final agreement with amendments. The conclusion of the final document includes for the first time a state commitment to move away from fossil fuels, including coal.
During COP26 on Wednesday, November 10, a declaration on emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles was also signed. Among the signatories are, among others Poland.
COP26 – Poland signed a declaration on internal combustion cars
“Parties signing the declaration pledged to work together to achieve zero emissions of all new passenger cars and light commercial vehicles worldwide by 2040 and no later than 2035 in leading markets. The declaration is sectoral and addresses the future of the automotive sector (in emissions) “- explained the Ministry of Climate and Environment in the reply sent to us.
The ministry emphasized that “the document does not introduce any prohibition, it is only an incentive to take steps to achieve zero emissions of newly registered passenger cars and vans”. “The declaration is not legally binding and focuses on the global level,” added the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage.
The ministry also explained that “as a country, we are not at the stage of agreeing on any specific date for the ban on the sale of combustion cars at the global level”. According to the ministry, “none of the signatories present such ambitions at the moment”.
At the same time, the Ministry of Climate pointed out that the European Commission, as part of the “Fit for 55” legislative package, also proposed regulations providing for a 100% reduction in emissions from passenger cars and light commercial vehicles from 2035. “Negotiations of the above-mentioned proposal on the EU forum are at the initial stage. Adoption of the final version of the regulation will require agreement in the EU Council and the European Parliament” – indicated the ministry.
Electric cars in Poland
The MKiŚ drew attention to the activities implemented in Poland for the development of electromobility. Attention was drawn to the increase in Poland’s share in intra-EU exports of electric buses – from 10 percent in 2017 to 46 percent today. It was also mentioned, inter alia, about the “My Electrician” program, which aims to support the replacement of passenger cars with zero emission cars. “It is aimed at private individuals and entrepreneurs, and the budget is PLN 700 million,” we read in the reply sent to us.
In the first quarter of 2022, the fourth edition of the “My Electricity” program is to start. A novelty will be the possibility of obtaining funding for home electric car chargers.
According to the Mobility Counter, launched by the Polish Alternative Fuels Association and the Polish Automotive Industry Association, at the end of September 2021, Polish roads were driven by 31 633 electric passenger cars.
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