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CASE STUDY: CO2 EMISSIONS FROM DIESEL AND ELECTRIC BUSES
January 11 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
COMPARATIVE ANALYSIS OF CO2 EMISSIONS FROM DIESEL AND ELECTRIC BUSES: A CASE STUDY OF ARUBA AIRPORT AUTHORITY N.V.
In the Energy Efficiency & Energy Diversification Plan (Nos Pan Nos Futuro Program 5) NSP 2020 – 2022, the Government of Aruba announced one of its strategic objectives to be the reduction of transportation emissions. On page 32 of this NSP 2020 – 2022 the desired point 5 describes action b. to be the introduction of electric or gas-driven busses in public transportation. However, the question is if electric busses are to be deployed: what is the carbon footprint compared to the current diesel-driven busses.
And this is exactly the research work carried out at the University of Aruba by Armand Kelly who won the 2023 award for his thesis. His thesis delved into the fascinating world of transportation emissions to be able for the comparison of the carbon footprints of Diesel and Electric buses.
What Armand uncovered was eye-opening – while electric buses hold immense potential, the infrastructure to fully support them sustainably when charging from WEB’s grid needs significant development. However, his research isn’t just about numbers; it’s about changing perspectives. It is often forgotten that every product carries an environmental cost before making it. It’s time to look beyond price tags and consider the ecological price to be paid. Remember, “Green comes in different shades.”
Armand Kelly is on a mission to encourage more research and development based on Life Cycle Assessments (LCA) specific to Aruba, involving both private and public sectors. Let’s gain a deeper understanding of the unique challenges faced by a small island like Aruba. Critical thinkers are needed who can ask crucial questions like: when does the environmental cost outweigh the eco-social gains?
At the end Armand asks you to join him in the discussion how to assure a greener future. After all sustainable development is according to the 1987 Brundtland report on “Our Common Future” originally defined to be “a development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs”.