GFEI Workshop Disseminates Draft Electric Mobility Policies for Ghana

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Workshop participants discussing proposals.
Workshop participants discussing proposals.

The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) supported a national workshop to disseminate draft electric mobility policies for implementation in Ghana. The meeting, held on 20th November 2018 at the Institute of Environmental Studies in Amasaman, provided a platform for learning and sharing experiences on electric mobility among over 60 experts and stakeholders from the transport, finance, energy petroleum and environment sectors (both public and private) as well as from the media.

The Deputy Executive Director for Technical Services of the Ghana Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Mr. Ebenezer Appah-Sampong gave the welcome address and officially opened the workshop. Keynote addresses and statements were provided by representatives of the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology & Innovation, Minister of Transport, Minister of Finance, Chief Executive Officer of Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission and the General Secretary of the Ghana Road Transport Coordination Council.

The workshop was divided into two sessions:

  1. A technical session with presentations on the GFEI project to disseminate the findings, followed by discussions. The presentations were as follows:
  2. A group break out session where the participants were divided into three groups to deliberate on the following aspects of the draft electric mobility policy report:
    • Infrastructure and Local Capacity Requirements for Electric Mobility.
    • Fiscal and Non-Fiscal Incentives and Policies for Hybrid, Plug-In Hybrid, Fully Electric Vehicles
    • Communication and Awareness Creation Requirements

After the group sessions, each group presented a summary of their discussions in plenary with the detailed minutes of the discussions and their recommendations presented to EPA for incorporation into the Draft Electric Mobility Policy Working Paper. Once completed, this document will then be presented to the Ministry of Transport.

The consensus amongst stakeholders was that there was need to develop the requisite policy environment to incentivize and guide the transition to electric mobility in Ghana in order to significantly reduce emissions from transport as well as to harness the huge economic potential from such a transition i.e. reduced expenditure on imported petroleum as well as green job creation from local assembly/manufacturing and added value chain.

View the workshop objectives and expected outputs