Wood is working with the Government of Antigua and Barbuda to assess the feasibility and develop an electric zero-emission bus and taxi pilot study and transition plan. Wood’s work is part of the Sustainable Low-Emission Island Mobility (SLIM) project supported by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and co-financed by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda. The SLIM project is being implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and executed by Department of Environment within the Ministry of Health, Wellness, and the Environment in Antigua and Barbuda.
Aligned with the nation’s mandate to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and transition to electric mobility powered by renewable energy by 2035, the three-year consulting study will assess route feasibility, outline vehicle requirements, and develop technical vehicle specifications.
Wood’s zero-emission mobility team will present a roadmap for the selection and procurement of electric vehicles, including considerations for total cost of ownership, route planning, and updated training for maintenance and operators.
The project will outline optimal standards and global best practices for regulation of vehicle imports, vehicle end-of-life handling and public charging infrastructure installation as well as training and logistics for the repurposing or recycling of vehicles and batteries once initial end of life is reached.
“Wood is delighted to join Antigua and Barbuda on their transformational journey to net-zero mobility emissions. The demonstrated capabilities of our global zero emissions mobility specialists and our digital apps will bring key insights to achieving a seamless transition to cleaner air and quieter roads for the islands”, said Lytle Troutt, President of Wood’s environmental consultancy business.
The program forms a key step for Antigua and Barbuda on the country’s path to reducing fuel consumption and improving the resilience of its energy profile while achieving its Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) target of 100% of government vehicles to be electric by 2035.
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