What is the MOVÉS Project?

MOVÉS Project “Towards an efficient and sustainable urban mobility system in Uruguay” (URU / 17 / G32) promotes a sustainable low-carbon efficient and inclusive mobility system, through the improvement of institutional capacities, the development of adequate regulations, the application of innovative technologies and the promotion of a cultural change.

MOVÉS is a Project funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF). Its implementing agency is the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and it is executed by the Ministry of Industry, Energy and Mining (MIEM), in association with the Ministry of the Environment (MA) and the Ministry of Housing and Territorial Planning (MVOT), with the collaboration of the Uruguayan Agency for International Cooperation (AUCI).

Through regulatory framework adaptation and cultural change promotion, MOVÉS seeks to promote the use of public passenger transport and active mobility (walking and cycling), as well as the replacement of passenger and cargo and last mile vehicles to electric and sustainable ones.

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MOVÉS promotes equal access to mobility considering environmental and social aspects, taking into account gender and people’s socio-economic conditions. The Project responds to these objectives by supporting institutions through the generation of regulations and taxation, as well as urban planning, that favor the conditions for a more sustainable mobility.

The Project develops studies and proposals for fiscal frameworks that promotes more efficient and sustainable modes and vehicles, technological regulations that allows for its development and usage in the whole country, in coherence with the region. Additionally, it works in improvements in public passenger transport service quality, the incorporation of mobility in urban planning processes, with the aim of returning public space to people and obtaining more livable cities.

Likewise, MOVÉS carries out studies and fiscal proposals that promote the use of sustainable modes and vehicles, such as technical regulations that allow their development and use throughout the country, also seeking a coherent scope in the region. Finally, it supports the adjustment of environmental regulations so that they are more demanding in terms of safety and environmental requirements of vehicles and also regulate the complete life cycle of batteries.

Strategic partners

The MIEM, the MVOT, the MA, the Ministry of Transport and Public Works (MTOP), the Ministry of Economy and Finance (MEF), the Municipality of Montevideo, UTE and ANCAP created the Interinstitutional Group for Energy Efficiency in Transportation to discuss and generate efficient transportation proposals, with the aim of joining forces and promoting joint efficient transport policies.

This Group has worked on measures such as exemptions and discounts for efficient vehicles, the incorporation of electric taxis, the electric vehicle charging network, the review of the bus ticket trust, the application for GEF funds that allowed the constitution of MOVÉS and the creation of the subsidy for the purchase of electric buses, among others.

Recently, more institutions have been added to enhance its scope. Current members are: MA, MIEM, MTOP, MVOT, OPP, Congress of Mayors, IM, UTE and ANCAP.

Expected results

Project Management Unit

Ariel Álvarez
Ariel Álvarez
National Coordinator
Valentina Vincent
Valentina Vincent
Mobility and Urban Planning Specialist
Ignacio Simón
Ignacio Simón
Economics Specialist
Emiliano Roselló
Emiliano Roselló
Environment Specialist
Carla Falconi
Carla Falconi
Project Assistant
Lucía Frugoni
Lucía Frugoni
Communication Specialist
Duncan Bell
Duncan Bell
Transport Specialist

Main milestones

2008

  • National Energy Policy
  • Biofuels
2009

  • SNRCC establishment
2012

  • IMESI readjustment
  • P + L Investment Promotion Law
2013

  • Efficient driving courses
  • Vehicle labeling standard
2014

  • Inter-institutional group on Energy Efficiency in transport
  • Pilot-electrical tests
  • Household vehicle survey
2015

  • TGA 0% electric passenger vehicles
  • Electric taxi plates tender
  • National Energy Efficiency Plan
2016

  • First electric bus
  • Electric taxi plates tender
  • Potential consultancy
  • Preparation of the PNCC
  • First sample of MUEVE mobility
2017

  • GEF 6 MOVES Project
  • Electric route
  • Preparation and Presentation of the First NDC
2018

  • First electric car show
  • Subsidy project for the purchase of electric buses
  • No number plate tax for electrical
  • 0% utility TGA
  • Investment law amendments
2019

  • Regulation of the decree of subsidy for the purchase of more than 100 electric buses
  • Launch of calls for OTPs
  • Electric vehicle tests
  • COMAP: modification enabling rental companies
2020

  • Arrival of the first 30 electric buses encouraged by the subsidy
  • Emissions Regulation
  • Battery Regulation
  • Advances in COMAP
  • Mobility Ecosystem
  • Battery Management Ecosystem
2021

  • Creation of the Electric Mobility Round Table
  • Comparative bus level noise study
  • Preparation of the guide for planning sustainable urban mobility
  • Definition of quality indicators of urban public transport
  • Tax schemes and incentives study