Department of Transport
30 April 2019
The Green Transport Strategy aims to convert 5% of the public and national sector fleet in the first five years to cleaner alternative fuel and efficient technologies vehicles.
The transport minister, Blade Nzimande, highlighted this during an address at the Federation International de L’Automobile (FIA) and Motorex Conference held at Sun City.
The minister added that government would then gravitate to a 2% increase to ensure environmentally sustainable low carbon fuels by 2022.
The Strategy was published for comment in August 2017 and launched in October 2018.
Some of its objectives include helping the transport sector to contribute towards fighting climate change, promoting sustainable and cleaner mobility development and facilitating the transport sector’s transition to a low carbon economy and society.
The Strategy deals with Transport-Related Environmental Taxation and Fiscal Policy Instruments, overview of the transport sector, strategic focus, strategic initiatives, communications strategy, sustainable transport programme, enablers and barriers and green transport funding.
The minister also pointed out that the Strategy aims to reduce fossil-fuel related emissions in the transport sector by “promoting norms and standards for fuel economy and putting in place regulations that promote improved efficiency in fossil-fuel powered vehicles with improved environmental impact”.
The Strategy also calls for investing in green energy infrastructure like biogas filling stations and electric car charging points.
Government wants to facilitate a shift from road to rail transport for both passengers and freight in order to reduce the heavy load on the roads.