Japan, UNDP support new electric vehicle project

UNDP Resident Representative Azusa Kubota and Officiating Secretary of Gross National Happiness Commission Wangchuk Namgay signed the project on Saturday, 14 May 2022
Officials from the Embassy of Japan to Bhutan (based in New Delhi) and EV Project Management Unit with the Prime Minister’s Office joined the signing event
Tshewang Rinzin, a taxi operator based in Thimphu, switched to EV in 2021 with support from the country’s ongoing EV project supported by GEF and UNDP. The project is helping 300 taxi operators buy EVs. So far, 123 of them have made the transition. The project is on track to achieve it’s target by August 2022.
In Bhutan, vehicle emissions account for 60% of the total emissions from the energy sector. Left unchecked, the growing emission from the transport sector could jeopardize the country’s carbon neutral status and ambition.

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