Today the EcoMobility Dialogues started out with two workshops on Clean Bus Fleets, by C40 cities, and on Travel Demand Management, by the German International Development (GIZ). A total of 8 Dialogues will take place between 5 and 8 October.
About 3.7 million people die annually worldwide from transport-related emissions such as PM2.5 and PM10 alone. The mortality rates are high in countries that have high-levels of carbon monoxide emissions, such as Nigeria.
Diesel and soot (also called black carbon) are the main villains, but they also offer the largest opportunity to drastically reduce the levels of pollution in major cities.
The Clean Bus Fleets workshop, organised by the C40 cities in partnership with the city of Joburg, CCAC and the ICCT, focussed on the impact on the public and the environment of vehicles powered by fuels with high soot emissions. Participants also discussed strategies to reduce traffic congestion while creating new income sources for the cities.
Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) is being rapidly taken up in cities and provides an immense opportunity to shift the diesel powering the buses to soot free fuels offering huge benefits to health and the environment.
Around 56% of G20 nations have already required soot-free diesel engines for their bus fleets, explained Raj Minares, ICCT. Other speakers at the Clean Bus Fleets workshop included: Ms Christine Walters, MMC Transport for the City of Johannesburg; Ms Carly Koinange, Sustainable Transport Consultant for UNEP; Mr Jeff Ngcobo, Operations Manager Rea Vaya, City of Johannesburg.