In a new analysis, estimates the Climate Council in Denmark that a significant part of both large and small trucks in the future probably will run on electricity. This will primarily be relevant for smaller diesel trucks, which drive short trips in and around cities. However, the analysis also points out the challenges that mean that the road to electricity within heavy transport can be long-lasting, investment-heavy and climate-damaging if nothing is done earlier. Because of elements such as short range and long charging time are challenging and will require time and major investments to, among other things, improve the network and establish power cables along the road in a large enough scale.
3 years left
On the other hand, the chances of keeping global warming below 2 degrees are declining rapidly – right now it is estimated that there is only a 5% chance of limiting global warming to this, and there is thus no time to waste. Many researchers give us approx. 3 years to reverse greenhouse gas development if the goal should be met. And with the huge challenges facing the conversion of heavy transport to electricity, this is almost impossible.
Focus on current solutions
Therefore, the focus should instead be on the technologies and options that are already at hand rather than talking about the possibilities of the future…
“There is nothing new under the sun – it is a long journey, if you only think it is electricity that is the way forward. Instead, look at the solutions that are ready right away, and which can reduce up to 90% CO2 – especially an operation on HVO, which can be used in all ordinary diesel engines and where you are not locked by one technology. And then it’s a matter of getting started now, rather than just continuing to talk about the problem, instead of acting. We lag far behind our neighbors in Sweden, which mainly uses fossil-free public transportation today,” says Martin Sebastian Agdal, partner in Biofuel Express.
Although Sweden is a much larger country than Denmark, they have already managed to reduce their CO2 emissions significantly, which means that they are much lower than Denmark when it comes to emitted CO2 emissions per capita. Therefore, we should be learning more from our neighboring country and do something now, instead of continuing to hopelessly lag behind…