Krzysztof Burda, chairman of the board of directors of the Polish Chamber of the Association for the Development of Electromobility, encourages the change towards zero-carbon vehicles and invites green initiatives that place people, planet, partnerships, common prosperity and peace at the center of their concerns.
By Benedict Mayaki, SJ
During the COP24 held in Poland in 2018, a declaration centered on “driving change together” was adopted to raise awareness of the effects of climate change and how, by decarbonizing the transport sector at central and local, the noticeable effect of pollution generated by vehicles can be reduced. This idea highlighted the need to develop and facilitate the use of zero-emission cars.
In this regard, the Polish Electromobility Development Chamber (PIRE), a non-governmental organization that brings together entities operating in the e-mobility sector with the aim of developing an eMobility ecosystem, has launched an expedition in each country hosting the Conference of the Parties.
The first expedition was from Poland to the Vatican, a pilgrimage that included stops at major national shrines in Europe. In Italy, the expedition stopped in Assisi then went up to the Vatican where the delegation was received by the Pope and went to Madrid in Spain then to Glasgow in Scotland.
This year, the plan was to set off again for another similar expedition, from Poland to the Sharm el-Sheikh Climate Change Conference in Egypt (COP27), but plans had to change due to the crisis in Syria, coupled difficulties in crossing the border between Turkey and Syria. So the expedition decided to take another form – to take other initiatives that promote ecological options.
Initiatives of “ten thousand”
In an interview with Vatican News, Krzysztof Burda, chairman of the board of directors of the Polish Chamber of the association for the development of electromobility, explained that there are 10,000 kilometers between Katowice and Sharm el-Sheikh. . Due to the inability to meet the eMobility shipment this year, the group has decided to focus its efforts around the 10,000 figure.
“It’s a metaphor and we would like to do something good with 10,000 kilometers because we have projects that will be implemented by next year,” Burda said.
Among these projects are a plan to plant 10,000 mangrove trees, the organization of 10,000 net zero school initiatives in collaboration with Clean Stock, the installation of 10,000 solar panels to generate a minimum of 10,000 kw/h of energy. There are also plans to donate 10,000 bricks for the construction of a school in collaboration with a foundation in Uganda, among others. All of this must be done before the next climate change conference to be held in Dubai in 2023.
In line with Laudato si’
Burda explained that two weeks before the G20 and B20 (Business 20) event in Bali, Indonesia, a delegation went to visit Pope Francis in the Vatican, along with Mr. Arsjad Rasjid, the host of the B20 meeting.
During the meeting with the Holy Father, the group highlighted how the e-Mobility initiative joins Pope Francis’ call to care for our common home in the encyclical Laudato si’, and also presented to Pope Francis the principle of the 5Ps, which will serve as a guide for initiatives in this area.
Burda said the 5Ps are people, planet, partnerships, prosperity and peace, and noted that these will be central to the delegation’s considerations in its work.
“We should think about decarbonization because it is for us, for our people and in order to [make the planet] beautiful,” he said, adding that implementing eMobility is “good for people and the planet.”