The project "Comprehensive Strategic Plan for the technical and economic support of the transformation of the current MiAmbiente fleet to 100% electric vehicles-phase I, was awarded by the Ministry of the Environment to the Consortium for Sustainable Mobility Solutions and Panama Energy Efficiency.
This becomes a fundamental step to meet the goals of the National Electric Mobility Strategy (ENME), which indicates that, by 2023, 25%-50% of public fleets will be made up of electric vehicles.
Ligia Castro de Doens, national director of Climate Change, indicated that this process opens the way for other institutions to have an advanced process for bidding for similar projects and with the experiences learned by the Ministry of Environment.
The project not only contemplates the acquisition of five electric vehicles in its first phase, but also the preparation of a strategic, technical, and economic study for the transformation in gradual process of the complete fleet of the Ministry of Environment at the national level.
A charging platform will be placed that will provide energy obtained from photovoltaic solar panels with four charging stations, which in turn will feed the network of the headquarters of the Ministry of Environment.
Simultaneously with the recently issued Executive Decree No. 51 of February 15, 2023, which regulates Law 295 of April 25, 2022, which encourages electric mobility in land transport, this project is awarded, which the Ministry of Environment includes a Center for Comprehensive Management of Charge, Generation and Energy Storage, with a training, research and innovation plan in Electric Mobility and Efficient Use of Energy within its facilities.
Panama pledged to achieve a reduction in total emissions from the country's energy sector by at least 11.5% by 2030, representing 10 million tons of CO2 equivalent accumulated between 2022-2030, through the implementation of the Strategies of the Energy Transition Agenda.
In turn, the entity, together with the Ministry of Energy and other institutions, seeks to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and electricity consumption from renewables to meet this goal, for which they are currently working together to execute a project that allows it.