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Medium and heavy zero-emission vehicles : Agreement signing

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Medium and heavy zero-emission vehicles : Agreement signing

Seychelles approves global memorandum of understanding

The Seychelles Cabinet of Ministers has approved signing a Global Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on medium and heavy zero-emission vehicles. This decision is part of the country’s efforts to decarbonize its transportation sector.

The memorandum was introduced at a prestigious event during the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in Dubai, held in December 2023. It commits participating countries to collaborate in ensuring that 100 % of new truck and bus sales are zero-emission vehicles by 2040, with an interim target of 30 % of zero-emission vehicle sales by 2030. Vice President Ahmed Afif highlighted that by signing this agreement, Seychelles and 27 other small island states demonstrate their dedication to reducing emissions from heavy vehicles.

Signing the memorandum enables Seychelles to access assistance from CALSTART in conducting a comprehensive study. « This study will focus on determining the number of vehicles in circulation, assessing the availability of buses, and exploring strategies for replacing them with lower-emission cars. Vice President Afif emphasized the importance of considering electric vehicles and related infrastructure, such as charging stations, and their impact on the Public Utilities Corporation (PUC) network. He noted the valuable expertise of the Netherlands in utilizing electric energy and transitioning away from fossil fuel sources ».

The E-Mobility project, launched in November 2022, has encountered some delays, partly due to challenges in recruiting qualified personnel. The project’s initial phase will concentrate on integrating electric mobility into public transportation, with trials slated to be conducted by the Seychelles Public Transport Corporation (SPTC).

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