Posted: Friday, February 4, 2022. 1:57 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Six electric buses are to be introduced by the end of year under an e-mobility pilot project entitled “Towards Low Carbon Transport: Piloting e-mobility within Belize’s Public Transport System”.
The pilot project was launched today in an official ceremony which had the participation of Ministers of Government, Rodwell Ferguson, and Michel Chebat, Belize City Mayor Bernard Wagner, the Head of Cooperation for the Delegation of the European Union, Aniceto Rodríguez Ruiz, and UNDP Deputy Resident Representative, Ian King.
A press release from the Government of Belize Press Office said the 39-month project is valued at approximately 4.5 million Euros (approximately USD 5.3 Million).
The project, which is funded by the European Union (EU) and is to be administered by the UNDP Belize Country Office, is Belize’s first effort in promoting and accelerating electric mobility, as electric vehicles including buses are to be introduced within Belize’s Public Transport Network. These buses will facilitate “intercity travel within Belize’s Western Corridor and intra-urban public transportation in Belize City.”
“The E-Mobility Pilot Project is the latest initiative launched by Plan Belize under its commitment to support and accelerate the electrification of transport as part of a clean vision for Belize,” said Energy Minister Michel Chebat.
“This pilot project seeks to set the course for future investments in the e-mobility sector in Belize. That is why it is so essential; it gives a vital impulse for using renewable energy in the country and reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Rodríguez Ruiz.
In introducing a minimum of six electric buses by the end of 2022, the project will lean on the technical expertise and investments of a broad range of national and international actors including the private sector.
The pilot project should help in elaborating an enabling national policy framework and should also set in place the financial instruments for de-risking market entry of electric vehicles into Belize.
“This is a very exciting project, and UNDP is delighted to be able to provide support to the national structure as it advances on its goal towards low carbon development. The long-term benefit of this project to the lowering of Belize’s emissions and to improving quality of life to its citizenry is significant,” said King.
According to the press release, the e-mobility pilot project supports the implementation of Belize’s updated Nationally Determined Contributions to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the country’s associated Low Emission Development Strategy (LEDS).
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