The commitments undertaken in 2015 at different international forums, in particular at the Paris Summit held at the end of the year, can be accomplished if further active efforts are made in all fields related to sustainability and environmental protection. Bearing in mind that transport is responsible for 20% of greenhouse gas emissions in Europe, efforts to work toward sustainable mobility play a key role in meeting established environmental goals.
LIVE is also working toward these international goals and, in 2016, it will continue to strive to ensure increasing numbers of sustainable vehicles on the road and the growth of this fleet so that pollutant emissions can be reduced.
In this respect, LIVE wishes to highlight five of all the challenges that have been posed this year aimed at contributing to this increase in sustainable vehicles on our roads. Firstly, LIVE proposes the creation of a tool that will assess the generated costs and achieved benefits of transforming fleets of over five vehicles into electric or natural gas-fuelled ones. Thanks to this tool, business owners – particularly SMEs – can weigh up the costs and benefits of this change and the performance of the new vehicles.
Secondly, the inclusion of vehicles that run on natural gas will be fostered in fleets owned by driving schools and for last mile logistics.
The third point is also directed at business owners, but in this case seeking a commitment by companies, creating new tools so that everyday worker movements into work and back home, whether by private car or public transport, are done with sustainable vehicles, especially electric ones.
Car hire and vehicle leasing companies are also a focus of one of our challenges, since we aspire to see a continued growth in the proportion of sustainable vehicles used by this kind of company.
Last but not least, LIVE proposes the creation of a master plan to improve the network of electric charge points in Catalonia. Having a good network that combines slow, semi-rapid and rapid charge points, as well as being easily accessible, smart and interoperable, will make it easier to introduce this kind of mobility at all levels of society.