According to the European Commission, cities cover 3% of land on Earth, yet they produce over 72% of all global greenhouse gas emissions.
Cars, buses, and all forms of transport not only contribute towards carbon emissions but they also have a huge impact on air quality, noise pollution, and the well-being of individuals living and working in urban centers.
While 55% of the world's population lives in cities, the world's urban population is set to double by 2050, with nearly 85% of Europeans living in cities.
This means it's imperative that we put our focus on making our cities as safe, healthy, and pollution-free as possible in order to preserve the well-being of future generations.
Electromobility, powered by batteries as well as fuel cells together with automation, is an essential part of the solution.
What we need is for policy-makers to demonstrate collaboration towards a harmonized implementation of zero-emission zones across the market.
This can create a solid and significant demand for zero-emission vehicles and machines, which are important for both vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure providers.
"A harmonized single market approach towards zero-emission city zones would boost innovation, competitiveness and turn several concrete environmental challenges into one real green deal."—Martin Lundstedt.