PR230009en

05/01/2023

PRESS RELEASE BY THE OFFICE OF THE PRINCIPAL PERMANENT SECRETARY 250 electric vehicles for the Public Service

An environmental change that saves 185 tons of CO2 with a Carbon Neutral project​

A tender was published today, the 5th of January 2023, that will provide the Public Service with 250 electric vehicles for general use. This ambitious project will reduce the existing fleet, replace polluting vehicles with others that use clean energy, and increase efficiency through a new car-sharing concept that will be introduced in government departments.

Principal Permanent Secretary Tony Sultana said that this initiative, which is coming into force after a phase of detailed study, will leave a very positive environmental impact.

“This change will concretely save the country 185 tons of Carbon Dioxide (CO2) per year, with the project being carbon neutral with the installation of two thousand square meters of photovoltaic panels in public spaces. All this testifies to the environmental and sustainable credentials that the Public Service practices," Mr Sultana explained.

Through the tender issued today, it is estimated that the rate of electric vehicles in the Public Service fleet will increase from 7% that was there in 2021, to almost 40%. This project has a value of €10 million, financed by European funds.