November 30, 2022

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A ban on heat engines in 2035: “a historic decision for climate”…must be put into serious perspective

In 2019 (the last “normal” year, understand “without Covid” for which we have complete data), the world emitted 38 billion tons of CO2 (Mt CO2), according to official sources. Of these, the European Union issued 2.94 or about 7.7%. Road transport accounts for approximately 20% of European CO2 emissions or 0.59 Mt CO2. Cars and light commercial vehicles, the two types of vehicles targeted by the ban on internal combustion engines, represent 71.6% of these transport-related emissions, or 0.42 Mt CO2. A quick calculation allows us to estimate that this decision will allow us to reduce CO2 emissions by 1.1% globally!

Again, that’s when the entire European rolling stock abandoned oil. So not in 2035, or not in 2036 Major brands And will suffer. But after 20 or 30 years, the better. Knowing that – barring a new European decision to outright ban its use – a few diehards will continue to drive their “gasoline” cars.

If every gesture counts in the fight against global warming, we are still a long way from a “historic end to the climate,” given the additional energy required to build electric cars.

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