China must increase sales of zero-emission vehicles to 63% by 2030 and 87% by 2035 if it is to meet its targets, Greenpeace has estimated.
China’s huge auto sector is on track to bring its emissions of global warming carbon dioxide to a peak by 2027, but on current trends it is unlikely to reach the the country’s goal of “net zero” by 2060, environmental group Greenpeace said on Tuesday.
The sector’s total carbon emissions are expected to peak at 1.75 billion tonnes and decline steadily by 11% by 2035, Greenpeace estimated in a research report.
But it will need to cut its emissions by at least 20% by 2035 if it is to stay on track to net zero by 2060, Greenpeace said.
China must increase sales of zero-emission vehicles to 63% by 2030 and 87% by 2035 if it is to meet its targets, the environmental group estimated.
Chinese sales of BEVs, plug-in gasoline-electric hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles increased 157.5% to 3.52 million units in 2021
“The ideal answer is for Chinese automakers to completely phase out internal combustion engine vehicles by 2030,” said Bao Hang, project manager for Greenpeace Asia in Beijing.
China said in a 2021-2035 development plan for the sector at the end of 2020 that pure electric vehicles should account for 20% of sales by 2025 and then become “mainstream” by 2035.
The country’s cabinet said in an action plan to peak emissions last year that total sales of new and clean energy vehicles are expected to reach around 40% of the total by 2030.
China’s sales of battery electric vehicles, plug-in gasoline-electric hybrids and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles rose 157.5 percent to 3.52 million units in 2021, according to official data.
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