Report leads the way to cleaner transport
The Department of Trade and Industry has compiled a study looking at creating policies for a greener transport environment, writes Mark Smyth
After years of questioning exactly what is being done to get people into green vehicles and public transport solutions, it seems that the government has finally woken up. This week, a report commissioned by the Department of Trade and Industry came across our desk. Titled Strategy for Policy Direction: Promoting Green Road Transport Technologies in SA, the report was compiled by EcoMetrix Africa. It assessed every element of what is being done and what is holding things back. We have been assured that the new roadmap has the support of a number of agencies, not least of which are the departments of trade and industry, transport and environmental affairs. Crucially, it is unknown how much support the Treasury is giving the plan, with its support being vital to remove barriers and provide incentives. In 2012, the South African government reasserted its commitment to the Global Climate Agreement at the COP21 in Paris. Key to achieving the goals of the agreement are significant changes ...