Project opening seminar
On June 11, 2015 Baltic Environmental Forum in cooperation with SIA “Ardenis” and Latvian Cyclists’ Union organized the opening seminar of the project “Promotion of e-mobility in Latvia for climate change mitigation”. The seminar was attended by specialists from municipalities, e-mobility experts, the Road Traffic Safety Directorate and other interested parties. The purpose of the seminar was to present the planned project activities. Prior to the commencement of project activities Baltic Environmental Forum conducted an electronic survey to evaluate e-mobility awareness in municipalities, as well as which topics should be covered during the training seminars. Municipal experts revealed that they would be interested to learn about experience of other municipalities in use of electric vehicles, what should be considered when purchasing and using electric vehicles, as well as the fact that, without public financial support for e-mobility and development of the charging infrastructure, development of e-mobility in Latvian municipalities will not be as fast as expected. In order to raise awareness and increase knowledge of municipal leaders and experts on e-mobility, a handbook covering both electric cars and electric bikes will be developed within the project.
Representatives of the Road Traffic Safety Directorate presented the Latvian e-mobility development plan 2014-2016, its objectives and priorities.
To accelerate development of e-mobility several support programs are available -both for local governments and businesses to support innovation and research.
Project activities targeted at municipalities were presented to the participants of the opening seminar, however other project activities with the aim to promote e-mobility also for general public and students are planned as well. Information on other activities will follow.