Network Overview

The Zero Emission Vehicle (ZEV) Network focuses on areas of city action critical for facilitating the uptake Zero Emission Vehicles in cities.

Transportation is one of the most significant contributors to climate change, accounting for 27% of global CO2 emissions, and is the fastest growing source of greenhouse gas emissions.[i] Zero Emission Vehicles (ZEVs) are vital for addressing climate change and improving the efficiency of vehicle fleets as they produce lower GHG emissions than conventional fossil fuel vehicles. Each electric vehicle that displaces a conventional car saves approximately 1.5 tons of CO2 per year.[ii] This represents a 62% reduction compared to a petrol-powered car and a 53% reduction compared to a diesel-powered car.

Zero Emission Vehicle Network Focus Areas

The C40 Zero Emission Vehicle Network is currently working with C40 cities that are pursuing zero emission vehicle technologies to help reduce transport emissions. The network serves as a platform for C40 cities to share best practices and policies to reduce emissions by promoting the use of electric and other zero emission vehicles. By bringing cities together, and convening and collaborating with key industry stakeholders, the network facilitates and accelerates the implementation of zero emission vehicle strategies. Cities participating in the network have prioritized four focus areas around which they are actively sharing policies and strategies with one another. The focus areas are:

Citywide ZEV strategy - Developing and refining zero emission vehicle strategies for cities

Infrastructure - Planning for EV charging strategy and funding, and energy grid impacts

Incentives - Increasing ZEV incentives to promote ZEV uptake

Fleets - Promoting ZEVs in bus, taxi, municipal and other citywide fleets

The Zero Emission Vehicle Network is led by London.

C40 Green and Healthy Streets and Clean Bus Declaration

In October 2017, 12 cities led by London, Paris, Los Angeles and Copenhagen, announced their vision for Green and Healthy Streets (by signing the Fossil Fuel Free Streets Declaration). Collectively, the cities have committed to procure, with their partners, only zero emission buses from 2025, and to ensure a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030. In total 26 cities have now signed the declaration, with a global reach of 140 million citizens and procurement potential of over 80,000 buses.

Learn more: Full text of the Declaration, current signatories and details on how cities will deliver against the commitments.

Green and Healthy Streets builds upon the 2016 Clean Bus Declaration. In 2016, Network Cities collectively forged an international Declaration on Clean Buses, demonstrating a commitment by signatory C40 cities to reducing emissions and improving air quality by incorporating low- and zero-emission buses in their fleets. The Declaration was a call to global manufacturers, public transport operators, leasing companies, multilateral development banks, and other funding agencies to support city ambitions to decarbonize urban mass transport.

The graphic above reflects figures for the first 26 signatory cities. 

Learn More: View the full text of the Declaration and current signatory cities.

[ii] Reduction of 1.5 tonnes of CO2 per year per pure-electric vehicle is based on annual travel of 16,000 km; values for km per kWh reported for the Mitsubishi iMiEV (Japan 10-15 driving pattern) and the Nissan Leaf; and CO2 emissions per kWh for the European grid mix derived from “Well-To-Wheels Analysis Of Future Automotive Fuels And Powertrains In The European Context”, WTT APPENDIX 2 (Version 3.0 November 2008), Concawe, Eucar, Joint Research Commission of the European Union.

Like all cities, many of the challenges facing New York City are unique, but we know that solutions come from the entire globe. Sharing knowledge allows us to improve and speed up learning and deployment of climate change actions. The exchange spearheaded by the global C40 Zero Emission Vehicle Network allows collaborating cities to share innovations and learn from each other. For example, we have applied valuable lessons from Bogota and Amsterdam in crafting our charging infrastructure strategy, while also sharing New York's actions to make 20% of new off-street parking EV charger ready.

Daniel Zarrilli, Director of New York City’s Office of Recovery and Resiliency