The National Energy Unit in conjunction with the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (GIZ) and the Energy Unit of the CARICOM Secretariat hosted a workshop for electric mobility stakeholders.
The workshop ended on Thursday, January 19th, 2017 and was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs conference room.
Participants were drawn from the local Energy Unit, government ministries, namely, Transport and Works and Economic Planning and Sustainable Development, and other public and private sector stakeholders.
Addressing the opening ceremony, Head of the Energy Unit, Mr. Ellsworth Dacon, pointed out that in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, fossil fuels represent 90% of the energy utilised in the transportation sector.
Mr. Dacon added that from 2008-2015, vehicle imports have increased. With this in mind, he believes that electricity mobility powered by renewable energy will bring long term economic benefits to the country. He called for a macroeconomic study of the transition from the use of fossil fuels in the transportation sector to electric mobility.
GIZ Representative Mr. Ken Aldoza said they were pleased to support the workshop and to provide technical assistance to CARICOM Secretariat’s Energy Unit.
Mr. Aldoza said the main aim of the workshop was to provide “support and direction for the transitioning to a more efficient transportation in the form of electric mobility in St. Vincent and the Grenadines”. This transition includes reduced fossil fuels usage by utilising indigenous energy sources, he said.
The workshop was facilitated by Programme Manager, Energy, CARICOM Secretariat Dr. Devon Gardner and Consultant from Siemens Power Technology, Dr. Benedikt Römer.
Dr. Römer told participants that “all countries around the world should move into the direction of renewables and also in the direction of electric transport because we know that electric transport, in general, is one of the biggest parts of energy consumption”.
The agenda for the workshop included topics on project introduction and electric mobility overview; objectives of the Ministries of Transport, Economic Planning, National Security – Energy, Finance; value chain of electricity; ecosystem design; and electric mobility initiative set up.