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    Sustainable transport in Sri Lanka

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    Sri Lanka


    Sector Transport
    Focus area Public transport
    Type of action Strategy/Policy
    Scope National
    Stage Under development
    Submitted to UNFCCC registry No
    Start of initiative 2016
    Financing and support details
    Financing status Seeking financing
    Total cost US$ 104 mln
    Financing requested
    (no data)
    Financing received to-date
    (no data)
    Principal source of financing Not known
    Principal type of financing Grant
    Capacity building required Yes
    Technology transfer required Yes
    Additional information
    Proponent(s) Ministry of Transport, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment
    International funder(s)
    (no data)
    Organization providing technical support
    (no data)
    (no data)

    The objective of the NAMA is to introduce electric buses to the planned Bus Rapid Transit.

    Activities: (2016 - 2021)
    The transport NAMA for Sri Lanka focuses on the introduction and adoption of electric buses instead of conventionally fuelled buses in the planned Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system on Galle Road in the Colombo Metropolitan Area (CMA).

    The NAMA is in line with Sri Lanka’s national and regional objectives for its transport sector: the promotion and adoption of electric vehicles are mentioned in numerous policy documents, including the country’s Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) as well as its National Transport Policy and Urban Transport Master Plan.

    The activities of the NAMA are :

    • Pilot Phase (Phase 1): it will introduce 10 electric buses, owned by the Government of Sri Lanka and operated by private operators, as directed by the Ministry of Transport, in to the Galle BRT.

    The aim of Phase 1 of the NAMA, a pilot phase, is to generate awareness about the NAMA and invite private sector participation, by highlighting the intervention’s importance for the transport sector.

    • Full Scale Operations (Phase 2): Phase 2 will mark the start of the full scale operation of the NAMA in which the remaining 90 eBuses will be introduced and the operation of all 100 eBuses will commence on the Galle BRT. All the eBuses will be owned and operated privately.

    Impact and MRV


    Cumulative GHG reductions: 0.0137 MtCO2e
    Mitigative capacity:

    No information has been provided on mitigative capacity


    Social: * access to transport
    • decreased traffic congestion
    Economic: * energy security
    • local job creation
    • increased private sector participation
    Environmental: * improved air quality

    MRV Framework: (2016 - 2026)

    In the MRV, the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change’s (UNFCCC) “AMS-III.C: Emission reductions by electric and hybrid vehicles” will be used to monitor GHG emission reductions.


    • The Ministry of Transport, along with the Ministry of Finance and the Development Finance Corporation of Ceylon (DFCC Bank), will take up the role of the NAMA Implementing Entity (NIE), while the Sri Lanka Transport Board (SLTB) will act as the supervisory board for the National Executing Entities (NEEs), that is the private operators responsible for the operation of the eBuses on the BRT.
    • Funding for the eBuses to be introduced in Phase 1 will be obtained in its entirety through international climate financing agencies in the form of direct grants. Funding for the second phase of the NAMA will cover the difference between the amount pledged by a private operator for the purchase of an eBus and the total cost of the eBus. The funding for this phase will come from the private operators of eBuses and international climate finance.
    • The total cost of the NAMA is estimated to be around US$104 million, with approximately US$30 million being funded by international finance, the private sector financing around US$ 73 million (over a period of 10 years) and the remaining amount being sourced from the Government of Sri Lanka.
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