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Electric Buses Soon In Reality In Fiji

  Electronic buses will soon be a reality for Fiji given Government’s strategy to climate-proof Fiji’s infrastructure development. The Fiji Development Bank after its accreditation in the Green Climate Fund
19 Oct 2018 10:32
Electric Buses Soon In Reality In Fiji
From left: Acting Permanent Secretary for Transport David Kolitagane and Tebara Buses Ltd chief executive officer Arvind Mahara on October 18, 2018. Photo: Simione Haravanua

 

Electronic buses will soon be a reality for Fiji given Government’s strategy to climate-proof Fiji’s infrastructure development.

The Fiji Development Bank after its accreditation in the Green Climate Fund (GCF) in 2017 has listed electronic bus transport as a priority.

By the end of the year, the Fiji Development Bank and Green Climate Fund will sign off on the Master Agreement

The GCF is a global fund that supports developing countries’ efforts to adapt their economies to the impacts of climate change through low-emission and climate-resilient initiatives.

At least five GCF projects are being considered by the FDB.

They are:

  •  Electronic bus transport
  •  Climate resistant housing
  •  Renewable energy
  •  Water security
  •  Re-forestation

While speaking at the 15th Fiji National Transport Consultative Forum, FDB chief executive officer Mark Clough said electronic bus transportation was number one on their list because it was a national priority.

Ministry of Economy figures showed that vast of the transport sector contributes 18 per cent towards our GDP and 65 per cent of carbon emission.

Mr Clough said this was an area they can make the most impact initially.

Talks about the electronic bus pilot project are already underway with Government agencies. Discussions include charging facilities, training, maintenance, batteries and its disposal.

“The electronic bus project has to have the ability to take advantage of advancement in technology,” Mr Clough said.

While bus operators have yet to be involved in the discussions, Mr Clough said this was because FDB had to put in place structures before taking it to bus operators.

Tebara Transport Limited chief executive Arvind Maharaj said he was pleased to see Fiji moving in the right direction.

“Fiji can lead the world by going towards electronic mobility and electrifying our transport system. Government support is vital,” he said.

He suggested that electronic buses should be charged using solar and would be ideal to charge overnight and run during the day between 200 to 250 kilometres per day.

Through the GCF, each project can attain up to $20million in funding. This does not stop private investments toward the same project.

Like any funder, the GCF has systems in place to measure the effectiveness of projects through financial audits and carbon emission footprints to name a few.

The National Transport Consultative Forum takes place every two years.

This year’s theme is ‘Navigating the Changing Climate Sustainable Transport.’

The two-day forum is being held at Novotel Suva, Lami Bay Convention Centre.

Feedback: maraia.vula@fijisun.com.fj

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