Mallon drives forward decarbonisation at COP26 Transport Day announcing a new Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce for Northern Ireland

Date published: 10 November 2021

Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon has announced a new Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Taskforce for Northern Ireland.

DfI Minister Nichola Mallon
Infrastructure Minister Nichola Mallon

The Minister made the announcement while in Glasgow this week for United Nations Conference on Climate Change, COP26.

The role of the group will be to consider EV Infrastructure in the context of the overarching principles of prioritising active travel (walking, wheeling and cycling) and public transport towards decarbonising our transport system.  The working group will be collaborative and will comprise key organisations who have a role to play in this area. 

Minister Mallon said: 

“I am delighted to announce today on COP26’s Transport Day, that I am driving forward decarbonisation in Northern Ireland by establishing a new EV charging task-force, to help us deliver a modern, reliable public electric vehicle charging infrastructure to provide confidence to users of ultra low emission vehicles and improving connectivity across the North.  The aim of the task-force which will represent  the views of drivers, energy-providers, consumers, councils and government , will be to inform a strategy for delivery of the necessary infrastructure to support those switching to EV use.

“Alongside the investment I have made and the match funding I am providing to our councils to help deliver e-charging across Northern Ireland, this taskforce will be the driving force for the transformative change we need across our communities to deliver the scale of e-charging infrastructure required to make progress in our battle with climate change.

“I am honoured to be here at COP26 as Northern Ireland’s Minister for Infrastructure and I am fully motivated to do whatever is within my power to help resolve the crisis threatening our environment.  This is our last chance and the time for talking has long passed.   I’m here to get to work and make progress with partners across these islands and across the globe.”

Notes to editors: 

  1. As part of her visit to COP26, Minister Mallon will Chair a Department for Transport event with businesses on Transport Day, 10 November, and will present on behalf of the British Irish Council Transport work sector in the Blue Zone as well as visiting Northern Ireland delegates in the Green Zone.
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