Electric buses to be introduced for Gozo Park and Ride scheme
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Two seminars have been held in Gozo as one of the participating countries in Interreg Mediterranean.
Through projects being conducted by the Directorate of Eco-Gozo within the Ministry for Gozo, the Ministry said that it aims to serve as an example for other entities wishing to implement energy efficiency measures.
The Minister for Gozo Justyne Caruana, during her address, mentioned the Park and Ride project which she said, will help reduce emissions as well as introducing new concepts of “mass environmentally friendly transport.”
She added that this project will be implemented in the coming months and will see the introduction of electric buses to transport commuters to and from Mgarr Harbour, thereby helping to ease the difficulties that they currently face on a daily basis.
The Minister also explained how the Ministry re-defined the vision of the Directorate of Eco-Gozo, so that this department performs its true function.Justyne Caruana talked about how this is done in the framework of the vision for Gozo to become a green and sustainable island, and will be part of the strategy for the launch of the Gozo Regional Development Authority.
Dr Caruana said that the work being done by the Ministry and the residents of the island are bearing fruit, because Gozo, for the second consecutive year, has won the award of Best Sustainable Destination in the Mediterranean.
She stated that through these awards, Gozo’s name continues to rise on the international scale, and it is being recognised as a destination that offers tourists an authentic experience.
In Gozo, there are currently ten public buildings that have been identified to reduce energy consumption, said Dr Caruana.
Minister Caruana concluded by saying that this project complements other ongoing projects and through which will be invested € 2.5 million from EU funds so that the Ministry building is also green. With this project, Gozo will continue to absorb more new European funds.
Photos: MGOZ/Terry Camilleri