Sustentar – LEDS Transport Working Group, CAF – Electric mobility initiatives and the Climate and Clean Air Programme for Latin American Cities (CALAC+) organised the virtual workshop “Electric mobility in the context of a green recovery: towards the adoption of electric buses in LAC” held over three sessions on 13, 14 and 16 October.
The webinar was attended by 16 Latin American cities, which shared experiences and lessons learned in the process of adopting electric buses in three main aspects: technology and equipment, financing and regulation, and operation.
The workshop promoted discussion between peers, and the representatives of the participating cities were able to learn from other cities in situations both similar and different and hear the comments of organizations that finance and promote electric mobility in the region.
There were three sessions, which addressed the following subjects:
Infrastructure and technologies available for running electric buses
The first day focused on the infrastructure and technology required to use electric buses in urban public transport systems. There was time for each of the cities to present their situation, and their experience with identifying and analysing the different technologies available and electric bus infrastructure.
Finance for adopting and maintaining electric buses in public transport
At the second meeting, the cities in the region presented their experiences in finance for investing in and operating electric buses in urban transport. The meeting also gave the participants an opportunity to identify needs and obstacles in potential financing schemes for their plans to adopt electric mobility, and to define possible short- and medium-term actions to resolve them.
Mechanisms for implementing electro mobility in public transport
At the third and final meeting, the cities described their experience in the regulation, management, governance and operation of mass transit systems.
The three sessions were mainly practical, and the authorities and public administration professionals responsible for transport planning and the energy sector and transport service operators were able to identify and discuss the needs and obstacles they encounter, and possible action to tackle them, collaborating to support regional and local capacity-building. The overall context was the “green recovery” arising from the COVID-19 health, social and economic crisis.
This virtual workshop is part of the joint regional event “Climate Action in Times of Crisis: Enhancing sustainable post-COVID recovery in Latin America and the Caribbean” which is organized in collaboration between the EUROCLIMA+ programme, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the LEDS LAC platform together with an implementation team that also includes ECLAC, GIZ, Avina, Asociación Sustentar and Libélula.
The Climate and Clean Air in Latin American Cities Programme (CALAC+) was implemented with a vision of healthier cities that reduce their emissions of short-lived climate pollutants (such as black carbon), atmospheric gases and greenhouse gases (GHGs), by shifting towards soot-free and low-carbon urban buses and off-road machinery.
Its central objective was to reduce harmful air pollutants by deploying soot-free engines in urban public transport and off-road machinery to protect human health and mitigate climate change.
CALAC+ is an innovative initiative promoted by Swiss Cooperation (SDC), through its Global Programme on Climate Change and Environment, which supports the alliance of major Latin American cities committed to taking rapid action and making a difference on two fronts at once: public health and the climate.