In its drive to decide to cleaner transportation, Lagos state is about to get 50 electrical buses by the primary quarter of 2024.
This was revealed by Olukemi Amore, head of bus companies at Lagos Metropolitan Space Transport Authority (LAMATA), on the 2023 Nordic Nigeria Join on Tuesday.
“For the following section of electrical buses, we’ll see 50 electrical buses come into Lagos,” she mentioned.
She mentioned it’s considered one of Lagos state’s plans to transition to cleaner mobility and scale back emissions in step with Sustainable Growth Targets 11, 13 and the Lagos State Authorities’s THEME’S Agenda.
Lagos State presently has two electrical buses which have been in operation since Could 2023.
Different initiatives taken in direction of cleaner mobility by LAMATA embody partnerships with personal operators to run CNG buses in Lagos (2 totally different bus varieties), Participation within the World Financial institution research on Electrical Mobility in Nigeria, a feasibility research on renewable gasoline (Biodiesel and Biogas) for Public Transportation (Funded by SWEDFUND) and the partnership with the personal sector to pilot electrical buses for public transport operations in Lagos.
She mentioned the demand for journeys within the Lagos megacity area by all modes (together with strolling) is 22 million per day.
Amore mentioned in 2011, Nigeria had the fourth highest CO2 emission from gasoline combustion in Africa, after South Africa, Egypt and Algeria, respectively and by 2016, the transport sector, with a 32 per cent share, was probably the most vital contributor to a nationwide Fossil CO2 emission from gasoline combustion that yr. Stating that over 1 / 4 of these emissions come from Lagos alone.
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She famous that the imaginative and prescient for LAMATA is to function a multi-fueled public transport community, and one such means is thru the Strategic Transport Grasp Plan (STMP) implementation.
“Execution of tasks throughout the STM will lead to an emission stage lower than eight million tonnes every year, representing over 50 per cent discount in emissions from the 2032 BAU stage,” she mentioned.
Additionally, on the identical panel, Francis Lechat, head of West Africa SCANIA, a well-liked truck and bus producer, talked about that they may reintroduce used vehicles to Nigeria once more in 2024.
He mentioned they’d performed this previously. Nonetheless, he stopped as a result of a lot of the fashions of the used vehicles throughout Europe and North America use Euro 5 diesel engines, and diesel produced in Nigeria accommodates a number of sulphur, which is Euro2&3, so introducing used vehicles to the nation will trigger frequent damages to the vehicles awful PR to the corporate.
He famous that with the emergence of the Dangote refinery, which intends to provide Euro-5 diesel, “we’re bringing again the Used Vehicles, however the graduation is pertinent on the beginning of Dangote refinery,” Lechat mentioned