The Netherlands, China and California uniting to promote clean transportation

China, California and the Netherlands are joining forces to increase the proportion of clean vehicles on the road. Today, they signed an agreement to this effect at the climate summit in San Francisco.

With effect from today, the Netherlands, California and China will be sharing their experience and expertise in developing policy to promote clean road transport. They intend to show the world that clean transportation is not only necessary but feasible and efficient as well.

State Secretary Stientje van Veldhoven (Infrastructure and Water Management) is pleased with this partnership: “The World Bank has calculated that the number of passenger cars on the road will double by 2030, compared to current volumes. Freight transport will even increase by 70 per cent. This means that we need to work together to find a solution. This is a fine example of collaboration in the field of sustainable transportation, which is essential across the globe in order to keep our planet liveable.”

At the climate conference in San Francisco, pioneers in a range of fields are collectively working on achieving the Paris climate goals. Clean transportation is important to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The Netherlands is one of the first countries in Europe to introduce electric transportation. Proportionately, it has the highest number of charging poles and it offers good facilities for zero emission vehicles. California is taking the lead in terms of strict legislation aimed at the industry sector, while China pursues a policy focused on the possession and use of passenger cars in urban areas. All three territories feature an innovative industry sector and boast a comparatively large number of electric cars and buses.

The Netherlands has set down concrete ambitions regarding clean transportation. With effect from 2025, clean driving will be mandatory for all city buses and with effect from 2030, new polluting cars will be banned from the road.