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Route to net zero: why vehicle electrification is the vital spark

This week: To eliminate emissions in operations – and to tackle scope 3 supply chain emissions – widespread electrification of corporate fleets is pretty much essential. Jim Gawron, from Ford’s electric commercial vehicles team, talks about the potential for the new products coming to the market. Companies think in terms of total cost of ownership – and electric trucks and vans have low on-going costs over entire vehicle life. He argues that the route map to full electrification requires progress on enabling vehicle supply, significantly more charging facilities, public education about the practicalities of electric vehicles and appropriate public policy incentives.

Plus: Unilever, Microsoft and Walmart CEOs among the 300 backing Biden’s new environmental commitment; New Zealand to make the finance sector report on climate risks; as little as 3% of land has healthy biodiversity; and, Nike’s new sneaker take-back and refurbish scheme, in the news digest.

Host: Ian Welsh

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