The Solomon Islands begin their journey to electric mobility
A multi-stakeholder validation workshop was successfully held on Monday this week in Honiara on the Solomon Islands National Policy Roadmap for Electric Mobility.
The workshop brought together representatives from government, the private sector, NGOs and academia.
More than 50% of the country’s GHG emissions come from the energy sector of which the transport sector contributes a large part of the total percentage.
GHG emissions from the transport sector have increased significantly over the years since the year 2000 and are therefore a critical sector for the Solomon Islands to meet its climate change mitigation and GHG reduction targets.
The government wants to reduce emissions from the transport sector by promoting sustainable transport measures, including the promotion of alternative vehicle technologies, including electric vehicles (EVs).
Solomon Islands plans rapid expansion to renewable energy sources; it is therefore also imperative that policies and an enabling framework are created to enable the use of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the transport sector.
This Climate Technology Centers Network (CTCN) being the implementation arm of the technology mechanism of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) has provided technical assistance to the Government of the Solomon Islands to develop the framework policy for inclusive e-mobility, a roadmap for inclusive e-mobility and a market feasibility study for e-buses.
The policy roadmap aims to guide the deployment and scale-up of electric vehicles in the country. It offers a coordinated approach to improving the affordability of electric vehicles, creating charging infrastructure, building skills and capacities, and minimizing environmental externalities.
The roadmap has been finalized through a thorough and comprehensive review of relevant policy measures, tax and non-tax challenges, infrastructure, and extensive consultations with relevant stakeholders.
Stakeholder consultations included vehicle manufacturers and assemblers, transport operators and associations, users, government institutions and universities, among others.
In general, it is understood that the different modes of transport are essential catalysts for socio-economic development. Unfortunately, the carbon footprint of this crucial sector is huge, and without an urgent and coordinated approach, irreversible environmental damage could occur.
Advances in technology and other sustainable mobility systems have given new millennia hope. Electric mobility presents great opportunities for countries to leapfrog and promote clean development pathways.
The workshop learned that policy interventions are key to spreading and scaling up electric mobility. Some of the important policy instruments to promote electric vehicles include fiscal and infrastructure measures in addition to financial incentives and subsidies for import purchase and support, local assembly and retrofitting, and industry partnerships. private.
Participants also learned that the implementation of this policy roadmap will require a review of existing legislation and the introduction of new ones to ensure policy coherence and relevance, combined with the development and implementation a communication strategy to raise awareness and build public confidence in electric mobility.
It also requires the development of standards for electric vehicles and related charging infrastructure and components. These are relevant issues that have been highlighted in the political roadmap.
The Ministry of Mines, Energy and Rural Electrification will continue to work closely with the respective institutions and stakeholders to ensure policy coherence and the implementation of the roadmap. As part of its green growth policy, the government wants to reduce emissions from the transport sector by promoting sustainable transport measures to switch to alternative vehicle technologies like electric vehicles (EVs).
The policy roadmap sets out the most relevant policies to create an enabling environment for electric vehicles in the Solomon Islands and involved a robust stakeholder consultation process which was facilitated under the chairmanship of the Ministry of Mines, Energy and rural electrification.