Editorial | A decarbonised transport system

Entornointeligente.com / Jamaica’s public transport sector, the Government says, will spearhead the island’s transition to electric vehicles as part of the country’s contribution to reducing the emission of the greenhouse gases that are making Earth intolerably hotter.

By 2030, Zahra Oliphant, a senior official in the energy and technology ministry, reminded recently, at least 12 per cent of the island’s transportation fleet should be running on electric power.

Instinctively, this newspaper supports any cut to greenhouse gases and understands that reducing those from vehicles must be a critical part of the mission to save the planet and keep it habitable for future generations.

Annually, road transportation causes an estimated six gigatons of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), or over 70 per cent of the emissions from the world’s transport sector, to be released into the atmosphere. We, however, have two significant concerns with Jamaica’s initiative. Or how we have gone about it so far.

One is that few people, but perhaps the technocrats who devised the plan, know anything about it, especially by whom and how it is intended to be implemented. Which is the basis of the second concern: a lack of information about the assumptions that underpin the target.

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