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Why is electrification key?

Electrification is an indispensable part of the solution.

We have just looked at the positive, motivating outlook on why we want to transform our cities.

But there is also a more grim, threatening part of this, that we all know: the climate emergency that requires very rapid and decisive action.

Human activities affect all the major climate system components, with some responding over decades and others over centuries. A graph from IPCC showing the impact of human activities on the global temperature since 1900

The newest report1 by the United Nations’ expert committee, the IPCC, clearly tell us:

  • The climate crisis is progressing faster than we had hoped,
  • We’re currently on track for 1.5 degree above pre-industrial times by 2030
  • Global emissions have to peak by 2025
  • And transport plays a key role

But they also tell us:

  • It is still possible to limit the climate crisis

You may be wondering now: What role can electrification play in finding a solution?

Before we look at this, let’s make sure we know what we mean by electrification. A European Commission expert group that looked at this topic provided a useful definition:

“Electrification of transport combines an energy efficient power train system with the opportunity of using any source of energy other than fossil fuels including those from renewable sources.”2

In this video, Jens provides three key reasons why electrification is a crucial solution for our cities: it’s zero-emission, efficient, and economical.


1. IPCC AR6 Climate Change 2021

2. European Commission’s Directorate-General for Research and Innovation

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