The Energy Systems Research Group of the University of Cape Town, the South African Partner of Climate Transparency, together with the Departnment of Transport of South Africa organised a symposium on transforming transport in South Africa.
The symposium took place on 3 March 2020 (Tuesday) in Pretoria, South Africa.
A sustainable transport system is not only crucial to the successful functioning of the South African economy, but also to the attainment of a large number of the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals. The sector faces challenges in infrastructure, access, affordability, and reliability. It depends almost entirely on fossil fuels, the combustion of which contributes to the key challenges of climate change and local air pollution.
South Africa’s commitments under the Paris Agreement will require the long-term decarbonisation of the transport sector, as well as the sector making a contribution to the current NDC. Emissions from the transport sector in South Africa comprise 10.4% of the total GHG emissions from South Africa (including land use emissions, in 2015). Whereas emissions from other sectors have not grown significantly since 2010, transport emissions have grown consistently. The challenge of today is to work toward building an inclusive, reliable, affordable, and low-carbon transport system in South Africa. This will require a multi-faceted approach on improving rail systems, bus and mini-bus logistics, electric-vehicle adoption policies, spatial and urban planning, and building hydrogen infrastructure.
This symposium will include presentations and discussion on the Green Transport Strategy by the Department of Transport, of work done by the Energy Research Centre and their international partners under the Climate Transparency partnership, on transport emissions mitigation pathways for South Africa, Mexico and Argentina, work underway by TIPS on industrial policy and electric vehicles, and perspectives on green transport policy and programmes from the city level.
The Symposium Leaflet and the Agenda