As I stated in a previous article referencing his presentation, Francisco Carranza Sierra, Manager of Corporate Planning at Nissan Europe, gave probably the best presentation I saw at EVS27 in Barcelona in November. There were some complications getting his slides, but I received them this week and wanted to share three of the slides with you—two below and another in a coming post.
First, let’s look at something everyone is aware of but that still doesn’t get enough attention: hundreds of millions of people (wait… probably billions of people) have health problems related to air pollution. In Europe alone, about 40 million people (myself included, for sure) are exposed to “damaging” levels of air pollution. That’s something we have somehow come to accept. Why? It cuts our lives short and worsens our quality of life. If an invading country were causing the same damage to us, we’d be pouring billions or even trillions of dollars into a war to defeat it. Kudos to Francisco for bringing this up and speaking about it eloquently at EVS27.
Second is one that gets even less attention. We spend a massive amount of money every year (or even every day) on oil. In the case of most European countries, they also pay for tremendous net imports of oil. Check out the chart below for daily oil expenditures for several European countries. Yes, daily.
It’s incomprehensible. And so are the tremendous savings that would come from a shift to electric transport. Furthermore, if that electricity is generated by renewable energy sources, the net economic benefits for these countries would be transformational.
Originally published on CleanTechnica. Reproduced with permission.