EnviMin Gavrilescu: Electric bicycles to be bought under car scrappage programme in 2018


The Environment Ministry is working on a series of programmes to reduce pollution, including the purchase of electric cars, and even electric bicycles starting in 2018, Environment Minister Gratiela Gavrilescu told a specialist conference on Monday.

“The measures taken by the Ministry of the Environment, the Environment Fund, the National Meteorological Administration, the National Environmental Guard, lead precisely to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. We have the Rabla car scrappage programme and, at the same time, we have implemented financing for the purchase of electric vehicles and, staring next year, for the purchase of electric bicycles as well. There are pertinent measures that we are monitoring. We are thinking hard about implementing all that has to do with movement in the critical areas of large agglomerations, so that going to work may be performed with non-polluting vehicles, irrespective of whether we are talking about personal cars or public transit. We have also implemented funding for RO-LA, a multiannual governmental programme for the transport of all large vehicles by railway so that pollution is no longer at today’s level, and road traffic is no longer hampered. We want every citizen of this country to know what climate change is and what measures are taken to reduce it,” said Gavrilescu.

She added that in the next period the ministry, together with the National Meteorological Administration (ANM), will submit a project under the 2014-2020 operational programme infrastructure so that the weather radar network can be highly performing and weather forecasts timely.

Gavrilescu also talked about how Romania contributes to the development and implementation of solutions to mitigate the effects of climate change.

The Ministry of the Environment and the National Meteorological Administration (NMA) are organising the international conference “Extreme weather phenomena and early warning systems in the context of natural disaster risk management,” October 16-17.

The event is part of a project called “Week of Adjustments to Climate Change,” an initiative funded by the Bilateral Relations Fund under the RO 07 Programme, through the EEA Financial Mechanism 2009-2014.