Gowin: electromobility is a strategic issue for the government
41 Polish cities and municipalities, 3 Ministries and a programme which will cover almost half of the bus fleet in Poland - this is the range of another government initiative in the development of zero emission transport. Today, the Ministry of Development saw the signing of a letter of intent which opens a new chapter in electromobility. One of the signatories is the National Centre for Research and Development, an executive agency of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Electromobility - jobs and clean air
As results from the Strategy for Responsible Development adopted last week by the Council of Ministers, electromobility is a strategic issue for the government and can make Polish economy innovative.
– Today's agreement means that electromobility is on its way to become a driving force of re-industrialisation of our economy and a positive example of building industry of the future in Poland – says Mateusz Morawiecki, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Development and Finance. - The dynamic development of e-buses, or to put it more broadly, of Polish electromobility is not just cleaner air in our cities. It is above all thousands of new, highly-paid jobs for Polish specialists, a strong impetus for an innovative economy and Poland’s increased export capacity, because Polish e-buses have already been gaining not only European, but also global markets. We know that the competition is demanding, but in a few years’ time we want Polish electromobility to become an important element of the new global industrial revolution – DPM Morawiecki added.
Polish innovation thought
– More and more European cities focus on electromobility. The Dutch have set themselves an ambitious task to make emission-free green buses 100% of their municipal transport by 2025. Thanks to a consistent and cross-government project Polish cities can overtake Europe’s top of the class - said Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Science and Higher Education Jarosław Gowin during the ceremony. – A large part in it will be played by the Zero-emission public transport programme launched by the National Centre for Research and Development, an executive agency of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education. Thanks to the programme, modern vehicles - products of Polish technical thought will hit the streets of Polish cities.
– A separate issue is the way in which we carry out this ambitious project. We fight with the silo mentality and we want cooperation to take place between different environments and at different levels. It is a programme where - apart from the close cooperation between the different Ministries – local authorities meet the government and science meets business – Gowin stressed.
Letter of intent – contents
The letter of intent signed by representatives of the Ministries of Development and Energy, Polish Development Fund, the National Centre for Research and Development, the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management as well as local government includes the following provisions:
increasing the share of electric buses in the rolling stock of public transport;
construction of infrastructure for charging electric cars and buses;
joint participation in R&D in the field of electromobility;
preparation of the book of good practices in implementing electric transport in the Polish municipalities;
inclusion of local governments in the development of the Act on Electromobility.
Electromobility - government projects
While inspiring the development of the electromobility sector, government agencies have taken several major actions to date:
Zero-emission public transport
Announced by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education in January 2017, it is a programme using the innovation partnership formula. Its goal is to fill the streets of Polish cities with the so-called green buses constructed by Polish companies and research teams.
Implemented by the Polish Development Fund, the programme aims to build an ecosystem which will contribute to establishing the Polish market for electric buses with an annual budget of approx. PLN 2.5 billion and creating approx. 5,000 new jobs.
Smart Growth for electromobility sector
In early February 2017, the Polish Agency for Enterprise Development has also announced a call for proposals under the Operational Programme Smart Growth Intelligent Development Programme - Research for the market. One of the calls is directed exclusively to companies in the electromobility sector. Businesses can apply for PLN 50 million for the launch of production lines for new technologies or services.
Under the Eastern Poland Programme, Białystok, Kielce, Lublin, Olsztyn and Rzeszów received a total of PLN 1.5 billion for the implementation of 14 investments developing ecological public transport. The first agreement was signed by Olsztyn.