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Battery Electric Vehicles - Annex 6 Chord Report

Annex 6: Chord Report | A data driven Study of the environmental performance of EV's vs. ICEV's

March 2023

Humanitarian organisations increasingly respond to disasters resulting from (or exacerbated by) global warming and environmental degradation. In addition to immediate aid, they also often take part in development programmes to support regions in needover a longer time period. These activities aren’t without consequences, however, and the demand for life-saving humanitarian operations also contributes to climate change and environmental damage. Following the “do no harm” principle, humanitarian actors must take action to mitigate their environmental footprint in both aid and development efforts. In the commercial sector, the share of electric vehicles (EVs) is on the rise as a means to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions associated with transport. Yet, the potential for EVs to reduce the environmental impacts of humanitarian operations goes beyond carbon, and there are many other environmental dynamics at play. Do EVs have a lower environmental impact than internal combustion engine vehicles (ICEVs)?

Should humanitarian organisations increase the share of EVs used for operations? 

We address this question in the case study described in this report.

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