June 13, 2024
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Stakeholder consultative forum on National Electric Vehicle Policy for Ghana held in Tamale

A stakeholder consultative forum on the development of a National Electric Vehicle Policy for Ghana has been held in Tamale to solicit inputs to fine tune the draft policy.

This Exercise is being undertaken in close collaboration with the Ministry of Energy and the Ministry of Finance with support from the Public Sector Reform for Results Project (PSRRP).

Speaking at the forum, a deputy Minister for Transport, Freddrick O. Adom, said the forum was important because the transport sector of the economy is essential in promoting social cohesion. She said however, the sector is a major source of greenhouse gas emissions that contributes significantly to climate. She noted that it was important government begun taking measures to address these emerging threats.

“It is undeniable that the transport sector plays a crucial role in the smooth functioning of our economy and is essential in promoting social cohesion. However, just like the global front, Ghana’s transport sector has become a major source of greenhouse gas emissions. This is mainly due to the use of fossil fuel-based vehicles i.e., petrol- and diesel-powered vehicles.” he noted.

He said according to data provided by the DVLA, as of 2022, there were about 3.2 million registered vehicles in the country. He stressed that out of these, 72 percent are powered by petrol engines, 27 percent by diesel engines, and less than 1 percent by LPG and other energy sources. He stated the high dependency on fossil fuels, combined with other factors such as traffic congestion, has resulted in the transport sector becoming a net emitter of Greenhouse Gases (GHG).

“As the world moves away from fossil-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles, it is necessary that Ghana moves with the times to ensure that our country does not become a convenient dumping ground for used fossil-fueled vehicles. It is also important to take advantage of the opportunities that abounds in the new development paradigm and that is the transition to a Net-Zero Emission Future” he noted. 

He said “It is for these reasons that the Ministry of Transport with support from the Climate Technology Centre Network and the UNEP Copenhagen Centre on Climate Change based in Denmark developed an Electric Mobility framework in June, 2022. The framework consequently gave impetus to the development of a draft National Electric Vehicle Policy to serve as a key input for a comprehensive implementation plan and investment strategy for smooth transition to electric vehicles.”

Doris Jodu, a representative from the Ministry of energy, on her part said the Ministry of energy in collaboration of energy commission are embarking on a drive to certify electric vehicles in Ghana.

“Ghana will not only be spearheading the e-vehicle, but leading Africa into clean and sustainable energy production and utilization” she stressed.

She noted that national energy transition framework as part of its industrial activities also seeks to promote and ensure the use of e-vehicles as an alternative as the same means of transportation. She said the use of e-vehicles in the country will promote renewable energy and also contribute in reduction of pollution.

“Ghana will be one of the first to set example that was Africa and for that matter Africa can be part of the success story of electrical vehicle” she stated.

Story by Ibrahim Angaangmeni Alhassan/radiotamaleonline.com

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