Governments Call on Leading Nations to Jointly Pursue Global Agreement on Zero-Emission Trucks and Meet Paris Climate Goals | 6.2-6.11.21

The Netherlands & CALSTART’s Drive to Zero to lead effort

SANTIAGO, Chile – Austria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Greece, Netherlands, Norway and Sweden have just issued a call to action urging leading nations to jointly pursue a global Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to accelerate the manufacturing and adoption of zero-emission medium- and heavy-duty vehicles (ZE-MHDVs). The global agreement would aim to reach 100 percent ZE-MHDV sales between 2040 and 2050 because growing the ZE-MHDV sector is crucial to reaching collective Paris Agreement climate goals.

Working under the auspices of CALSTART’s Global Commercial Vehicle Drive to Zero program and campaign (Drive to ZeroTM) as well as the government of the Netherlands, the nations made this announcement at the 12th Clean Energy Ministerial in Chile yesterday. Stream the announcement on demand now at the Drive to Zero CEM12 event page.

Drive to Zero and a representative from the Netherlands are available to comment on the kick off of the ZE-MHDV Global MoU process.


Dr. Cristiano Façanha, Global Director of the Drive to Zero program and campaign (Drive to ZeroTM) at CALSTART. Dr. Façanha is a transportation and environmental engineer working to accelerate the market of zero-emission trucks and buses worldwide. He is an expert in the design, modeling, and evaluation of transportation emission reduction strategies and policies. Prior to CALSTART, Dr. Façanha led clean transportation activities related to sustainable freight, Brazil and emission inventory tools at the International Council on Clean Transportation (ICCT).

Stientje van Veldhoven, Dutch Minister for the Environment and Chair of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance (TDA). A diplomat and civil servant by occupation, van Veldhoven was elected to the House of Representatives in 2010 until her appointment as State Secretary for Infrastructure and Water Management. As a parliamentarian, she focused on matters of climate and energy.

Herman Sips, Lead of the Transport Decarbonisation Alliance at the Dutch Ministry Infrastructure and Water Management.


Proposed global ZE-MHDV MoU to reach 100 percent ZE-MHDV sales between 2040 and 2050, enabling nation signatories to reach net-zero emissions by 2050. To boost near-term action that would send a clear market signal to manufacturers, global fleets and investors, participating nations are also considering setting an interim goal in 2030.


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