Despite these advances, the rapidly growing global vehicle fleet continues to contribute to the threat of local air, water and soil pollution, as well as the global climate crisis. The transport sector is responsible for almost a quarter of global energy-related greenhouse gas emissions and is expected to reach a third by 2050.
While many countries have already started to switch to electric cars, 1.2 billion new vehicles will be put into circulation in the coming decades, and many of them will use fossil fuels, especially in developing countries. This includes millions of shoddy used vehicles exported from Europe, the United States and Japan to middle and low income countries. This contributes to global warming and air pollution from traffic, and can only cause accidents.
“The fact that a UN-backed alliance of governments, businesses and civil society has succeeded in ridding the world of this toxic fuel is testament to the power of multilateralism to move the world forward towards sustainability and a better future. cleaner and greener, ”said Andersen.
“We urge these same stakeholders to build on this huge achievement to ensure that now that we have cleaner fuels, we also embrace cleaner vehicle standards globally – the combination of fuels and more vehicles. clean can reduce emissions by over 80%. “
The end of leaded gasoline should support the achievement of several Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), including good health and well-being (SDG3), clean water (SDG6), clean energy (SDG7) , sustainable cities (SDG11), climate action (SDG13) and life on earth (SDG15).
It also offers an opportunity to restore ecosystems, especially in urban areas, particularly degraded by this toxic pollutant.
Finally, it marks a major step forward ahead of this year’s International Clean Air Day for Blue Skies on September 7.