All new ‘company cars’ must be electric from 2025. If this plea from companies such as ABN Amro, Shell, Philips, Deloitte and market leader LeasePlan is taken up on the formation table, almost 60 percent of newly sold passenger cars will be emission-free in four years’ time.
The proposal of the so-called Road to Zero coalition, which also includes Amsterdam, Rotterdam and environmental organizations, was launched on Wednesday. It is one of the possible answers to the expected tightening of climate policy by the European Commission. The national climate agreement aims to have all newly sold passenger cars electric by 2030.
If all business cars are emission-free in four years, that can save 2 million tons of CO . by 20302generate emissions. If only larger companies (with more than a hundred employees) are obliged to do so, the savings will be half. Business passenger cars in the Netherlands still cause emissions of 8.4 million tons of CO2 per year. Last year, 355,000 new cars were sold.
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“If this obligation comes into effect in 2025, the business market will play a pioneering role,” says initiator Olof van der Gaag of the Dutch Association for Sustainable Energy, which represents 6,000 companies. “An additional advantage is that a few years later, a large supply of affordable electric cars is created on the second-hand market in this way.”
The obligation to make business cars emission-free sooner is not unique. In Belgium, the sale of new business petrol or diesel cars will be banned from 2026. As electric cars quickly become less expensive and have lower maintenance costs, the step will gradually become smaller for many employers.
The annual analysis by the Netherlands Environmental Assessment Agency (PBL) recently showed that ‘mobility’ will not achieve the objectives of the Climate Agreement with current policy. The Climate Agreement must lead to a total reduction of emissions by 49 percent. For the transport of goods and people, this means that emissions must decrease by 10 million tons. Based on current policy, the savings are expected to be only 6 million tons.
In addition, the tightened European climate policy should lead to a further reduction to 55 percent by 2030. In the Netherlands, this mainly results in extra measures for traffic, agriculture and housing.
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