BYD reflects on its climate change role at COP26 summit

BYD ADL Enviro400EV (Source ADL, Keith McGillivray
BYD ADL Enviro400EV. Photo by Keith McGillivray)

BYD has reflected on its role within the COP26 climate change summit, which included the signing and support of several global agreements and the sharing of electric vehicle knowledge.

During the conference BYD took part in three global agreements which call for worldwide co-operation to speed up the adoption of zero-emission vehicles.

They include two global memorandums of understanding (MOUs), one applying to the sales of new cars and vans and the other to medium and heavy duty vehicles, that they should be 100% zero emissions by 2040. BYD claims to have achieved the latter goal in 2015 when it launched its zero-emission trucks in both size categories.

The first MOU has an interim target of achieving 30% zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030 as “a stepping stone to the ultimate goal”.

A third agreement signed by BYD is a call to action led by the Transportation Decarbonisation Alliance in respect of charging infrastructure for electric vehicles, and urges countries globally to invest in and upgrade charging infrastructure.

BYD Europe Managing Director Isbrand Ho took a prominent role in the discussions, joining the Bus Innovation panel to discuss public transport solutions in the RouteZero seminar hosted by Climate Group on the COP26 Innovation Day, 9 November.

The event focused on driving innovation on zero-emission vehicles and encourages countries to push forward infrastructure plans and set a roadmap for investment into a comprehensive network for electric vehicle charging.

One of the highlights for BYD and partner Alexander Dennis was to transport world leaders in their BYD ADL Enviro400EV offering to an evening reception hosted by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales. 22 BYD ADL Enviro200EVs also operated as the official bus shuttle service for delegates.

BYD will continue with its commitment to zero-carbon goals after COP26. It recently became the first enterprise in China to win the Certificate of Declaration of Commitment to Carbon Neutrality by SGS.