The initiatives of the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport for the development of “green movements” were presented by the Deputy Minister of Transport, Michalis Papadopoulos, in an internet show of “CNN Greece”, on the subject of “Green Transition”.
Mr. Papadopoulos stressed that the effort to strengthen green transport is carried out through a network of initiatives promoted by the government and aims at two main goals: First, to reduce the environmental footprint of the transport sector – and second, to make it better the daily life in our cities, gradually changing the mentality of all of us in this subject.
Regarding the promotion of electrification, Mr. Papadopoulos stated:
“The EU has set a target of reducing net greenhouse gas emissions by 55% by 2030, compared to 1990 levels.
However, beyond the goals of the EU, it is our decision to contribute to the renewal of the fleet, as in Greece, after a decade of economic adventure, most vehicles are old. This, after all, also concerns Road Safety, an issue that has been set as a priority by the Prime Minister Mr. Kyriakos Mitsotakis.
In this direction, therefore, we strengthen the electric drive and the program ‘I move Electricly’, which started last September and has a significant response from the citizens.
According to the latest data, 1,133 purely electric vehicles were registered throughout 2020, while as of November 2021, 3,213 have been registered. This means that in the 11 months of 2021, we are already approaching three times the number of registrations of purely electric vehicles compared to the whole of 2020.
At the same time, at the Ministry of Transport we are creating the institutional framework related to the technical support of the vehicle: chargers, workshops and craftsmen, which are in fact a new professional specialization, with many employment opportunities now and in the future.
Chargers are now available at many service stations. I would like to point out, however, that the municipalities and the Regions, through the law on Micro Mobility, can be included in programs for the purchase of electric vehicles and the development of a charger network “.
Mr. Papadopoulos also stressed that the systematic improvement of infrastructure in urban transport, launched by Minister Costas Karamanlis, will create a friendlier urban environment for citizens, especially in Athens and Thessaloniki.
The Deputy Minister of Transport also referred to the promotion of micro-mobility with gentle forms of movement, such as cycling and electric skates, through the relevant institutional framework that has been formed, but also to initiatives, such as the creation of a National Coordination Center for “Eurovelo”, concerns cycling tourism.
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