MONTEVIDEO – The Uruguayan government launched on Thursday a project aimed at creating a “much more reliable and sustainable” urban transport system using electrical technology in Montevideo.
Resident UN Development Program representative Mireia Villar told EFE that she supports the actions taken by Uruguay’s Industry, Energy and Mining Ministry in a joint effort with the Environment Ministry, which “emphasize” participation by the private sector.
“The project focuses on innovation (using) electrical technology, but it also aims to achieve a change in everything related to mobility within the city, incorporating technology as a strong element, but also fostering the use of public transportation,” Villar said.
The Spanish expert also said that the plan – which was authorized in 2017 – aims to encourage wider use of public transportation, as well as “non-motorized” means of transport, such as riding a bicycle and walking.
Villar said that this project places Uruguay “on a par” with other nations and will allow the country to keep growing while reducing its carbon footprint.
She also said that Uruguay has the “conditions” to move the initiative forward, as it has a “very sustainable” power grid, adding that the project is squarely within the framework of the country’s “climate change policy.”