Preference Given to Electric Transportation in Armenia to Reduce GHG Emissions

Preference Given to Electric Transportation in Armenia to Reduce GHG Emissions

Over the last ten years, the number of motor vehicles in RA has increased almost one and a half times, which causes serious problems from the point of view of increasing the volume of greenhouse gas emissions, as Deputy Minister of Territorial Administration and Infrastructures Armen Simonyan said this the workshop organized ahead of the 28th Conference of the Parties (COP28).

Deputy Minister referred to climate change adaptation measures in RA strategy of highways for 2023-2033. "The existing challenges obligate to review and reform the public transport activities of communities, increasing their efficiency and to develop the field of passenger transport by electric transport as much as possible,” Armen Simonyan noted.

In addition to Yerevan City, work is being carried out to attract environmentally friendly electric buses to regular passenger transport routes in Gyumri and Vanadzor, the other two major cities of the republic, within the framework of "Alliance for Sustainable and Green Management" project. The route will be served by an electric bus as a result of a regular intra-community regular route service tender in the Abovyan community, Kotayk Region.

Vazgen Harutyunyan, Acting Head of Transport Department of Yerevan Municipality, presented the policy of sustainable urban transport development in Yerevan. "The process of implementation of the new route network of Yerevan City includes a number of reforms, renewal of the fleet of vehicles, use of vehicles powered by compressed natural gas or electric engine, bus stops replacement, use of separate lanes for public transport on the streets of Yerevan, introduction of a unified ticket system, etc.,” he noted.

According to Vazgen Harutyunyan, a partial new modeling of the existing route network of public transport has been carried out in Yerevan in recent years, as a result of which the repeated routes of public transport have been reduced, the daily mileage of public transport has been reduced by almost 25,000 km, and in the existing route network the number of vehicles decreased by about 140 vehicles. About 370 obsolete "Gazelle" vehicles, which did not meet any international standards in terms of their emissions, were decommissioned.

November 16, 2023 at 16:50