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    Jordan, Netherlands discuss strengthening electric vehicle infrastructure

    June 10, 2021
    finance & economy

    Amman, June 9 (Petra) -- The first of three online dialogue sessions between the Netherlands and Jordan on electric vehicle infrastructure kicked off Wednesday morning.

    The sessions intend to contribute to the Jordan-Netherlands cooperation on Electric Vehicles (EV) charging infrastructure. They will also facilitate experience and knowledge exchange on topics such as charging infrastructure systems, market models, and related regulatory framework to accelerate the roll-out of electric vehicles and charging infrastructure in Jordan.

    The sessions are moderated by the director of the Netherlands Knowledge Platform for Public Charging Infrastructure (NKL) and are attended by representatives of Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources, the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, Ministry of Transport, and the Greater Amman Municipality. Participating knowledge institutions from the Netherlands include NKL and the Dutch Organization for Electric Transport as well as the Netherlands Enterprise Agency (RVO).

    In the opening remarks, Hala Zawati, Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources noted that encouraging expansion using electric transportation is part of the Jordan Energy Strategy 2020-2030, which seeks to achieve four main priorities: provide 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 government sector and encourage the use of electric buses by motivating the replacement of old buses with new buses that run on electricity. This will reduce Jordanian import from petroleum products, reduce carbon emissions and contribute to reducing the cost of energy on the consumers and the transport sector, which consumes about 47% of energy.

    She commended the support provided by the Netherlands to the energy sector, as well as the exchange of expertise and knowledge in this field, especially as it is one of the first countries to switch towards electric transportation.

    Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands to Jordan, Dolf Hogewoning said: 'We are very happy to partner with the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Resources to hold these important dialogue sessions between Dutch and Jordanian partners. E-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.'

    Noteworthy, the Netherlands is fifth in the world in number of electric passenger cars and it is home to the most dense network of charging stations for electric vehicles. Thus, the Netherlands has built a broad spectrum of experience and knowledge in the e-mobility sector, especially in the field of charging infrastructure.


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