WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson and UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani on electrification

13 March 2023

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๐Ÿš Public #transport is going electric! "There are barriers but no reluctance from public transport operators to introduce #renewableenergy". UITP Secretary General Mohamed Mezghani and WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson sat down in one of STIB-MIVB's new fully-electric busses.

STIB-MIVB is operating public transport in Brussels. They are shooting for: โฌ‡ 40% less greenhouse gas emissions by 2030. They have signed a #windenergy PPA, and have installed 5500 solar panels on their premises.

But there are barriers for public transport to go fully green:

โšก For wind: permitting for new wind farms slowing the roll-out of wind energy
๐Ÿš For public transport operators: the need to install new charging infrastructure and the need to increase awareness, particularly about the options for smaller players to source green energy - such as aggregated power purchase agreements (PPA).

How can we solve these challenges?

๐Ÿค Forging new partnerships between transport and renewable electricity suppliers
๐Ÿ’ถ Raising awareness that renewables are cheap and are key to the decarbonisation of transport - just look at the great examples of Nederlandse Spoorwegen, Deutsche Bahn, and RATP Group
๐Ÿ“œSigning more Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs) between wind and transport