Both World Electric Vehicle Day (9 September), an initiative sponsored this year by Green.TV and ABB that aims to recognise the fundamental role played by electric vehicles in the transition towards a sustainable transport and a zero-emissions future; and the European Mobility Week (16-22 September), the motto for which, selected by the European Commission for this year’s campaign, has been “zero-emission mobility for all”; reflect the ambitious target of achieving carbon emission neutrality by 2050, as contained in Europe’s Green Deal. These initiatives come at a very significant time: one that is shaped by the effects of a pandemic that is not only reconfiguring our lives, but also conditioning and modifying our mobility habits.
Added to these initiatives is the first International Day of Clean Air for blue skies (7 September), when the European Region of the World Health Organisation (WHO) has reminded us that pollution worsens the forecasts for COVID-19, while calling on European countries to continue to take steps to reduce it.
Along with the contaminant emissions of an excessively ageing vehicle stock, such as Spain’s, citizens’ health faces another challenge arising from the consequences of urban traffic. One in every five people in Europe have daily exposure to noise levels that are noxious for health, according to the report “Noise in Europe”, from the European Environment Agency (EEA), published last March. The report highlights that urban traffic is the main source of noise pollution, causing 1,100 premature deaths and 4,100 hospital admittances in Spain.
By Arturo Pérez de Lucia. Managing Director of AEDIVE, the Business Association for the Boosting and Development of the EV Market