In Brussels, the EURELECTRIC with the support from the Polish Electricity Association has organised a conference on the electromobility package and the future of electrification of transport. All this, at a key moment in the negotiations between the European Parliament and the Council of the European Union. Last week, the MEPs have voted for tightening the standards on the CO2 emissions generated by new passenger cars and by new light commercial vehicles. The MEPs have decided that the emissions should be reduced by 40% by 2030. Today, in turn, the ministers of the EU will adopt their joint position on the emission performance standards.
The experts gathered at the “Charge it: e-mobility now!” conference unanimously argued that the plans for electrification of transport are the way for effective transformation and an opportunity for modernisation of the power infrastructure. They stressed that it is also an opportunity for the creation of new jobs and a stimulus for economic growth. Pascal Smet, the Minister for Mobility and Public Works, the Brussels Capital Region, has announced that by 2030, 100% of buses in the Belgian capital will be electric. Currently, Poland ranks third in the European Union in the number of such vehicles in use.
Håkan Agneval, President of Volvo Bus, has admitted that at present the electric buses are twice as expensive as buses powered by diesel engines, but when we take into account the social costs related to air contamination, such investments will be perceived differently. The Polish electric power sector assumes that the average level of emissions by the new passenger cars and new light commercial vehicles in the EU by 2030 will have to be at least 30% lower than in 2021.
The Polish Electricity Association welcomes the transport electrification plans. The PKEE strongly believes that the EU will maintain its leading position in the global automotive sector while at the same time allowing the transport to meet the applicable part of the reduction of the CO2 emissions and to reduce the harmful emissions of nitrogen oxides. It is worth noting that the transport sector is responsible for 25% of the CO2 emissions in the EU.
During the debate, the representatives of the European energy utilities argued that a quick increase in the number of electric vehicle charging spots requires subsidies by the Member States. Already earlier on, the PKEE in its position on the electrification of transport was stressing that the promotion of growth of the charging stations and energy storage facilities infrastructure has to be consistent under the currently proceeded laws and may not exclude specific market participants, such as the DSOs.
According to estimates by the Ministry of Energy, the number of electric buses in Poland will grow as much as fifteenfold over the next five years. The coming years will also bring a dynamic increase in the number of privately owned electric vehicles on Poland’s roads and in consequence – also the expansion of their charging infrastructure. According to the Government’s plans, already in three years, the Polish drivers will have over 6 thousand charging points at their disposal.
The Charge it: e-mobility now!” conference was another example of PKEE’s continuing commitment to the growth of electromobility. This June, the Polish Electricity Association has organised a debate in Brussels attended by the Vice President of the European Commission, Maros Sefcovic, at the PKEE Summer Day.