Bono East: Stakeholders urged to support Ghana’s transition to electric vehicles

Mr Alhassan Sulemana Tampuli, Deputy Minister for Transport, has called for the support of stakeholders as Ghana adapts to the global shift from fossil-fueled vehicles to electric vehicles (EVs).

During a stakeholders’ consultation meeting on E-Mobility Transportation Policy and implementation framework in Techiman, Mr Tampuli emphasized the importance of Ghana aligning itself with the rest of the world to prevent the country from becoming a dumping ground for used fossil-fueled vehicles.

He stated, “It is also important to take advantage of the opportunities that abound in the new development paradigm and that is the transition to a Net-Zero Emission Future.”

He stated, “It is also important to take advantage of the opportunities that abound in the new development paradigm and that is the transition to a Net-Zero Emission Future.”

The meeting, organized by the Bono East Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport, brought together representatives from public and private institutions.

The Ministry of Transport, with support from the Climate Technology Centre Network and the UNEP Copenhagen Centre on Climate Change, developed an Electric Mobility framework in June 2022.

This framework laid the groundwork for the development of a draft National Electric Vehicle Policy, which serves as crucial input for an inclusive implementation plan and investment strategy for a seamless transition to EVs.

Mr Tampuli acknowledged that the transport sector plays a vital role in the economy and social cohesion but expressed concern that it has become a significant source of greenhouse gas emissions.

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).”

According to data from the DVLA in 2022, Ghana had approximately 3.2 million registered vehicles, with 72% powered by petrol engines, 27% by diesel engines, and less than 1% by LPG and other energy sources.

Mr Kwasi Adu Gyan, the Bono East Regional Minister, called on stakeholders to collaborate in developing and implementing an efficient, eco-friendly, and sustainable transport system for Ghana.

He highlighted that their contribution would help achieve the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to decarbonize the transport sector and contribute to a sustainable future.

Mr Ofori Boamah Gyamfi, Manager for Planning and Programs at the Bono East Road Safety Commission, praised the initiative and urged stakeholders to establish the necessary infrastructure and regulations to facilitate the smooth implementation of the policy.

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