On Wednesday 31 March 2021, Luxembourg's Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Mobility and Public Works, François Bausch, the Minister of the Environment, Climate and Sustainable Development, Carole Dieschbourg, and the Minister of Energy, Claude Turmes, presented details of the new “Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d'Zukunft” initiative which is supported by myenergy, the national structure for a sustainable energy transition.
Through a collective approach bringing together the various public and private actors committed to electric mobility in Luxembourg, the initiative aims to support and advance the development of the electromobility market in Luxembourg and to overcome existing obstacles.
Electromobility: a key role in the mobility of the future
In connection with the national objective of electric cars reaching 49% of all cars in service in Luxembourg by 2030, the initiative, as announced during the official presentation of the Integrated National Energy and Climate Plan (PNEC), will help accelerate this transition. Significantly reducing greenhouse gas emissions and energy consumption in the transport sector is a major challenge, and electromobility plays an important role in achieving this goal. In addition, electromobility also helps reduce local emissions of air pollutants and noise.
Today in Luxembourg, not only households, but also all Chargy public charging stations, are already supplied with 100% renewable green electricity. 7% of the kilometres travelled in 2020 by RGTR buses were in electric mode, with the goal of 100% electrification by 2030.
The national network of Chargy charging stations currently includes around 1,000 charging points. In February 2021 around 190,000 kWh of green electricity were charged, which corresponds to around 1.1 million kilometres traveled by using electric vehicles. In addition, 88 SuperChargy stations, offering ultra-fast charging of electric vehicles, are to be installed in the main road and motorway service areas as well as in certain P+R car parks across the country.
In addition, the number of individual electric cars is increasing with 11.2% of new registrations in 2020. The initiative "Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d'Zukunft" aims to accelerate this development.
“2020 was a crucial year for the electrification of the road fleet with more than 2 million new registrations in Europe, including more than 5,000 in Luxembourg. Several factors have played a role in the transition to electromobility: European requirements in terms of average CO₂ emissions imposed on car manufacturers, government measures to promote electromobility and finally numerous initiatives by private actors and public. All these measures are perfectly evidenced by the "Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d´Zukunft" initiative, said Deputy Prime Minister Bausch.
Minister Dieschbourg stated “Considering that 67% of our CO2 emissions are linked to transport, electromobility is the sin qua non factor for achieving not only our climate objectives, but also the quality of the air and noise. In order to support the positive dynamics in the automotive market, we have just extended our Clever fueren premiums by one year up to €8,000. The Stroum beweegt initiative will allow us to consolidate this dynamic by federating and better promoting the efforts of a growing number of players".
Designing the electrical transition together - the goal of "Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d´Zukunft"
“With Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d´Zukunft, we want to bring together all the actors in the country who are working on the concrete implementation of electromobility in all its facets. Together we want to facilitate the transition to the mobility of the future, respectful of the climate", specified Minister Turmes.
The initiative "Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d'Zukunft" is divided into two levels:
1. Labeling of actors: signature of a charter, presentation of a concrete measure / project, and commitment to support the development of the electromobility market;
2. Platform for exchange between the actors involved: organisation of working meetings with the aim of advancing electric mobility in Luxembourg. The platform for exchange between actors and the implementation of joint activities aims to exploit synergies. A first platform-level exchange is scheduled for June 2021.
Currently, 20 players from the professional world (public players, energy suppliers, bus companies, research centres, etc.) have previously obtained the "Stroum beweegt" label and have thus demonstrated their responsibility and exemplary commitment.
Measures and projects include, for example, electrification of public transport, creation of charging facilities in residential and non-residential buildings, establishment of a national rapid charging network for electric vehicles, training and targeted qualification of specialized personnel, regulatory adjustments or the rapid development of the vehicle market.
Stroumbeweegt.lu: an overview of all measures and projects
A website, www.stroumbeweegt.lu, provides information about the initiative and the participating actors. "Stroum beweegt - Elektresch an d´Zukunft" is open to any other actor who also wishes to be labelled and thus contribute to the achievement of the objective. They are invited to complete the membership form made available on the website.