Transport Malta has issued a tender for consultancy services in order to review and update the current Malta National Electromobility Action Plan and to develop a consultation paper on the cut-off date for the importation and registration of Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) vehicles – in other words, vehicles which generate power by burning fuels like petrol and diesel.
Transport Malta said it would be seeking to review and update the Malta National Electromobility Action Plan (MNEAP) 2013-2020 and see to its extension to 2030, in order to ensure that the strategy is updated and in line with current needs and challenges, through the tender issued.
“Electromobility is high on the list of our transport priorities. The publishing of this tender is another step towards achieving our national and EU targets, while prioritising sustainability and an improved quality of life for our citizens. We are sensitive to the fact that such a change cannot happen overnight and thus expect this consultation to result in suggestions on how to sustainably make the move towards full electrification,” commented Transport Minister Ian Borg.
“The two main contributors for CO2 emissions are clearly identified as electricity generation and traffic,” said Minister for the Environment José Herrera. “Following the shift the country has made in the generation of electricity, the country must now address another sector in order to implement yet another environmentally important change – traffic-induced pollution.” Meanwhile, Mr Borg noted that dedicated infrastructure and increased user awareness are two aspects which are essential in order to allow our country to make the necessary modal shift.