Event Date:Monday, 5 September, 2022 to Thursday, 8 September, 2022
The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) with support of the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMeiA), is organizing expert group meetings and training on electric mobility for Bhutanese transport experts between 05 and 08 September 2022 in Vienna, Austria. The meetings are organised in conjunction with the 5th Steering Committee of the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC). The delegation will participate in a GN-SEC session on regional electric mobility programs and will visit various e-mobility demonstration sites and partners in Austria.
A response to global emergencies, such as COVID, climate change and escalation of fossil fuel prices, the Government of Bhutan is accelerating its efforts to diversify the economy and rebuild in a more resilient and sustainable way. Apart from renewed activity in traditional sectors, Bhutan aims to tap into the new value chains of sustainable transport.
In this context, the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), with funding from the Austrian Federal Ministry for Europe, Integration and Foreign Affairs (BMeiA), is implementing the project "Promoting green electric mobility (e-mobility) solutions for urban transport in Bhutan and the wider Hindukush-Himalaya region", in partnership with the Gross National Happiness Commission (GNHC), the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO), the Thimphu City Council/City Bus Service and other key stakeholders in the transport and power sector. UNIDO is supporting the country to embark into a transformational pathway towards e-mobility solutions, in line with Bhutan’s 12th Five Year Plan (2018-2023).
The project is supporting the Government in its efforts to implement a “safe, reliable, eco-friendly and sustainable surface transport” program. This programme focuses on the transition towards an intelligent and green public transport system, including a rapid Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in the city of Thimphu. The Government aspires to benefit from a full-fledged transition towards electric vehicle solutions. The availability of low-cost hydropower generation capacity makes the country an ideal place to pioneer the low-carbon electrification of the transport sector.
More specifically, the UNIDO project is supporting the Government in piloting e-buses and related infrastructure in the capital city of Thimphu. The project follows a holistic approach and combines interventions in the areas of technology demonstration, policy and planning, capacity building and knowledge management. The project funds the installation of an e-bus pilot, incl. charging infrastructure and required software and provides continued hands-on training for government officials and the bus service providers.The project includes knowledge exchange with other countries in the Hindukush-Himalaya (HKH) region through the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Capacity for the Hindu Kush Himalaya (REEECH) and the Global Network of Regional Sustainable Energy Centres (GN-SEC).
The national execution of the project is being spearheaded by a Project Management Team for E-Mobility, located at the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) in Thimphu, Bhutan. All activities are implemented in close cooperation with the Thimphu City Council and Bus Service. Supervision is provided by a multi-stakeholder Project Steering Committee.
Purpose of the expert meetings and training: