The workshop on “Implementing the Designed Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme in Moldova” took place on 5 February 2021.

The meeting objectives were:

  • to present the project on Facilitating green public investments in Moldova: Implementing the designed Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme.
  • to present the main finding of the draft report on potential funding sources.
  • to identify next steps in CPT programme implementation, in particular, how programme implementation unit (PIU) should be set up.

The Clean Public Transport (CPT) Programme was developed within the “Low-carbon public spending at the national level in Moldova” Project and is focused on supporting the shift to modern buses using cleaner fossil fuels (such as CNG – compressed natural gas and LPG – liquefied petroleum gas) or electricity generated by these or renewable resources (wind, solar or hydro power) in case of trolleybuses.
The CPT Programme includes two phases: the first (pilot) phase for two selected cities and an extension (scaling-up) phase for a larger area and a larger number of beneficiaries. The pilot phase foresees replacing 77 old vehicles (62 trolleybuses and 15 minibuses) in Chisinau and Balti, involving a total investment of USD 19.1 million over one year (after a oneyear preparatory phase). Together, the pilot and the scaling-up phase (Scenario 1) will provide 735 new urban and suburban vehicles in the two pilot cities (62 trolleybuses, 393 buses and 280 minibuses), requiring an investment of USD 150.2 million. Assuming the more ambitious scaling-up phase (Scenario 2) is implemented, Moldova will have 2510 new urban, suburban and inter-city vehicles (62 trolleybuses, 1 456 buses and 992 minibuses with CNG, LPG and modern diesel engines) at an investment cost of USD 498.6 million.
The activity is financially supported by and implemented within the framework of EU for Environment (EU4Environment).
Under the overall direction of the European Commission, the implementing partners – OECD, UN Environment, UNECE, UNIDO, and the World Bank – build on important achievements of past cooperation programmes, such as Greening Economies in the Eastern Neighbourhood (EaP GREEN), a regional programme implemented in 2013-17.