The exchange is part of the Vatican’s efforts to reduce carbon emissions. This was reported by the vaticannews.va server.

The partnership includes medium- and long-term leases, according to the statement, and the Vatican has named Volkswagen and its Škoda brand as its main strategic partner for the renovation of the state’s fleet. But the notification does not provide any details about the number of cars, the value of the deal or the schedule for the delivery of the cars.

The Vatican intends to gradually replace its vehicle fleet with electric cars by 2030 and increase the number of charging stations throughout the territory. He also wants to ensure that the state’s energy needs are met exclusively from renewable sources.

Protecting the environment is very important to Pope Francis. He will become the first pope to address a UN conference on climate change, the 28th COP starting later this month in Dubai.