The success of the undertaking is demonstrated by the fact that among the signatories are both developing countries (China, Egypt, Indonesia) as well as developed countries (Germany, Great Britain, France, Japan and Canada). Thanks to India joining the initiative, the Partnership unites nearly half of the world's population.
The Katowice Partnership for Electromobility - a joint initiative of Poland and Great Britain announced last Tuesday, is dedicated to the development of electric transport. The initiative was presented during a press conference by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki and COP24 President Michał Kurtyka.
The aim of the partnership is to bring together countries, regions, cities as well as institutions, non-governmental organizations and companies working on developing electromobility. The way to accomplish this task is through international cooperation and exchanging experiences in this field. Of particular importance here will be the assistance provided for research and development in technologies related to electromobility; for the construction of infrastructure for electric vehicles; creating an incentive system for buyers of vehicles, setting targets related to electric fleets and to public procurements. The new fund for electromobility, set up by Poland together with the World Bank within the framework of the Mobility and Logistics Trust Fund (Fundusz Powierniczy Mobilności I Logistyki), will be an important tool for achieving this goal (MOLO).
The Polish-British initiative aroused great interest. In just a few days, more than 40 countries from five continents, 1500 cities and regions, 1200 companies from around the world and the largest global institutions such as the International Energy Agency and the World Bank have joined it. This means that half of the global population is now within its reach. The attractiveness of this idea is also be proved by the fact that among the signatories of the Katowice Partnership, there are both countries where the automotive industry is the most advanced, such as Japan, Germany, Korea and United Kingdom, as well as those in which the fastest growth in the number of vehicles will take place in the next decades, namely India, Egypt, Indonesia and Mexico.
“Our Partnership makes electromobility a permanent part of global climate policy. Thanks to the efforts of the Polish Presidency of COP24 and diplomacy, we managed to gather together the largest world players who will be our guests at the annual Electromobility Forum. The first of them will take place in Poland in the autumn of 2019,” said COP24 President Michał Kurtyka.
The Katowice Partnership for Electromobility will therefore be a tool which, thanks to the facilitation of international cooperation, will contribute to the development of the electric transport sector throughout the world.