The world is gradually undergoing an energy transition as the financial and environmental cost of fossil fuels becomes increasingly higher than other energy sources. One of the areas Saint Lucia is pursuing to solve this energy challenge and reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector is the transition to electric-powered vehicles or EV’s.
St. Lucia Electricity Service Limited (LUCELEC) recently hosted two workshops with various stakeholders on the decarbonization of transportation in Saint Lucia. The sessions facilitated discussions among policymakers, regulators and the business community to brainstorm and identify opportunities to collaborate in moving the country’s efforts at transitioning to electric vehicles forward.
Jason Clairmonte is the Director of the JQ Charles Group of Companies. He says the time is now for this discussion.
The first workshop sought to create a shared understanding of trends in the EV market and what is driving them, such as decarbonization, energy prices, critical mineral availability and the used car markets.
The second deliberated on the most probable future, understanding the challenges and opportunities for each stakeholder; sharing an illustrative transportation decarbonization strategy; identifying pre-competitive opportunities and how they benefit the ecosystem. LUCELEC Managing Director Trevor Louisy says it also prioritized opportunities and next steps for action.
In keeping with its 2035 Strategy, LUCELEC will develop further plans to increase awareness of the landscape, mitigate challenges, and actively pursue opportunities with other stakeholders in the EV transportation business.