NL and JOR Work Together to Strengthen Electric Vehicle Infrastructure in Jordan | Information

News article | 06-09-2021 | 14:51

Amman – Wednesday June 9, 2021: Today, Wednesday June 9, 2021, the first of three online dialogue sessions between the Netherlands and Jordan on electric vehicle infrastructure began. These sessions aim to contribute to Jordanian-Dutch cooperation on electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure. They will also facilitate the exchange of experiences and knowledge on topics such as charging infrastructure systems, market models and the related regulatory framework to accelerate the deployment of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in Jordan.

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The sessions are developed in cooperation between the Jordanian Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources (MEMR), the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Jordan and the Dutch Energy Transition Facility (ETF). The sessions are moderated by the Director of the Dutch Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure (NKL) and are attended by representatives from MEMR, the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, the Ministry of Transport and the Municipality of Greater Amman. Participating knowledge institutions from the Netherlands include NKL and the Netherlands Organization for Electric Transport as well as the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

SE, ing. Hala Zawati, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources opened the session with opening remarks. She noted that “encouraging expansion using electric transport is part of the Jordanian energy strategy 2020-2030 which aims to achieve four main priorities: providing a sufficient number of electric charging stations; develop mechanisms to motivate citizens to use electric cars and buses; adopt more electric cars and buses in the public sector and encourage the use of electric buses by motivating the replacement of old buses with new electric buses. This will reduce our exports of petroleum products, reduce carbon emissions and help lower the cost of energy for consumers and the transport sector, since the transport sector consumes around 47% of energy ”.

The transport sector is the world’s fastest growing emitter of greenhouse gases. The challenge is therefore to provide energy for mobility while avoiding an increase in air pollution and CO2 emissions. As the shares of renewable energy sources become larger in the energy mix, electric vehicles are an economical route to a more sustainable mode of transport.

Over the past 10 years, Jordan has developed its electric mobility sector; with more than 21,500 electric vehicles, the first charging infrastructures and an association of electric vehicles. In addition, Jordan’s Nationally Determined Contributions (NDC) action plan commits to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 14% by 2030 and electric mobility can play a major role in help Jordan achieve this goal.

In his welcome address, HE the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jordan, Mr. Dolf Hogewoning, said: “We are very happy to join forces with MEMR to organize these important dialogue sessions between the Dutch and Jordanian partners. . Electric mobility has a very important role to play in reducing greenhouse gases and social and economic inequalities. We look forward to strengthening trade and knowledge exchange between our two countries. ‘

The Netherlands ranks fifth in the world in terms of the number of electric passenger cars and has the densest network of charging stations for electric vehicles. Thus, the Netherlands has accumulated a wide range of experience and knowledge in the electric mobility sector, in particular in the area of ​​charging infrastructure.

The Energy Transition Facility is commissioned by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs and implemented by the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO). The ETF aims to collaborate at the political level. It supports national governments in their transition to a sustainable energy future. The ETF is open to projects in nine countries, including Jordan.

The other two workshops will take place on June 15 and 22, 2021.

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