Zero-emission transport by 2035 at the latest?

Up to 98 percent. pollution comes from road transport. According to the plans of the European Commission and the Fit for 55 program, from 2035 the registration of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be prohibited. Is zero emission transport in Poland possible?

  • Is zero emission transport in Poland possible?
  • What is the relationship between electric cars and charging stations in Poland?
  • Are we capable of solving the problems that are holding back the development of electromobility in the years to come?

During the E.ON Talks, Maciej Mazur, Managing Director of the Polish Alternative Fuels Association and Mariola Pasierowska, Sales Coordinator at E.ON Polska, commented on the challenges and opportunities of green transport.

Transport – the main contributor to CO2 emissions

According to the Zero Emission Poland 2050 report, up to 98%. pollution comes from road transport – of which 61 percent. passenger cars. The transportation industry contributes to the continued increase in carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere. This sector is responsible for 28 percent. CO2 emissions in the European Union and Poland – for 15 percent. In turn, according to the Global Emobility Forum 2021, transport is responsible for 14%. greenhouse gas emissions on Earth. Moreover, according to the Paris declaration on electromobility, transport currently consumes almost a quarter of the world’s electricity consumption. Gas emissions are expected to increase significantly – up to 30% in 2030 and up to 50% in 2050.

EU commitments drive out the market

According to the plans of the European Commission and the Fit for 55 program, from 2035 the registration of vehicles with internal combustion engines will be prohibited. Producers are quickly preparing to operate in the new reality. As Maciej Mazur, Managing Director of the Polish Alternative Fuels Association says – When we compare the first quarter of this year with the first quarter of last year, we see that the number of electrician registrations increased by more than 50 %. Every year more than one million electric vehicles are registered in Europe, the other million are vehicles charged from an external source – hybrid. The number of electric cars is growing dynamically and they are already responsible for 10%. registration in the EU.

During the inauguration of the Global Emobility Forum in November 2021, the European Commissioner for Transport stressed that the European Union aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 55%. The realization of such assumptions implies the exchange of a minimum of 20%. passenger cars and 1 percent. trucks on a fleet of zero-emission vehicles.

Infrastructure is the key to future changes

Buying an electrician can be profitable today, also in Poland. We have the option of using additional payments, which reduce the initial down payment. It is pay-per-use for several reasons. First of all, charging an electric car is cheaper than refueling. In addition, these types of vehicles in many cities have the option of parking for free or moving in the reserved bus lanes.

Maciej Mazur points out that according to estimates, there will be 15 electric cars per charging station by the end of 2022. However, in order to maintain the effective performance of the system, greater investments in the charging infrastructure are necessary. – The ideal solution would be that by the end of 2023, a single charging point would be served by a maximum of 10 cars. We see huge room for improvement in terms of connecting stations, especially high power plants. In Poland, this period is very long, one of the longest in Europe and can reach 3 years – note Mazur.

Charging infrastructure as a competitive advantage

Charging points can add a lot of value to your property. They increase the prestige, and therefore the value of the investment and its potential. More and more private customers looking for accommodation are wondering if there are pro-ecological solutions in emerging residential buildings, in particular electric charging stations. They are also interested in this aspect in workplaces, for example in office buildings or warehouses.

Charging stations for electric vehicles are not only an added value for owners or property managers, however. They can also be part of a business advantage. Mariola Pasierowska, sales coordinator at E.ON Polska, explains that a significant part of sales representatives meet their partners mainly in restaurants. – A growing percentage of them travel with company electricians. Installing a charging station near a restaurant can not only reduce business operating costs and help improve air quality, but also simply attract a customer.

Mariola Pasierowska also explains that the approach to charging electric cars should change in the future. – We should think of it as charging a cell phone. We don’t wait for the phone to be fully charged and just leave the house, we only charge it from various places and devices.

Green trucks?

The energy transition and the pursuit of climate neutrality and “green” transport cannot do without the question of the supply chain. Reducing local emissions is a necessary step towards sustainable development. The transformation of the truck segment, however, seems much more difficult to achieve than that of passenger cars. In Europe, there are less than 1%. registered electric cars over 16 tons and this result has not changed for years. In Poland, more than 30,000 Last year 16 tons + trucks were registered, only 4 were electric vehicles. However, the internal market is not unique in this regard. Even the European leader, Switzerland, only recorded 77.

However, the electrification of heavy transport will not happen without technological progress. – With trucks traveling thousands of kilometres, electrification is more difficult. Not only because of the lack of chargers on the courses, but especially because of the charging time. That is why we need innovative technologies that will allow the development of the most energy-intensive branch of transport towards zero emissions – explains Maciej Mazur.

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