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Fri, Sep



We are about to publish number 141 of Ecomobile just as we see ourselves in the midst of the corona-virus emergency, which unfortunately involves as protagonist our country, Italy.

It is a situation that we would never even have imagined until a few weeks ago and which will have repercussions on every aspect of our economy, including the automobile and the environment sector. On one hand, we already have the first statistics related to the collapse of the Chinese car market and of the many important events canceled (both the dates of the Beijing Auto Show and the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona have been postponed). On the other hand, we received important data related to the collapse of (temporary) CO2 emissions, in China itself. In the first 16 days of February, car registrations decreased by 92% (CPA China Passenger Car data), at the same time carbon emissions fell by at least 100 million components. This gives us an idea of the fragility of our world system and how progress, technology and globalization give us bitter surprises and how this fragility, pass on the expression, must be handled with care. It’s time to test our resilience, a concept that recurs more and more often when it comes to sustainability. As Wikipedia reminds us, resilience is the ability of a system to adapt to change. In ecology and biology, it is the ability of a living matter to repair itself after damage, or that of a community or an ecological system returning to its initial state, after being subjected to a disturbance that has this state.

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