Transport and Eco-mobility
Day: Tuesday, 6th October 2015
Time: 9:30 – 11:00
Room: Auditorium 2
As the world becomes increasingly urban, densely populated areas will face dramatic and seemingly intractable transportation issues. If current trends continue, people’s reliance on cars will only increase, particularly in emerging markets. As the growing population becomes more affluent, the number of vehicles on the road worldwide is projected to triple, to as much as 3 billion by 2035.
The environmental and social impacts of these trends are significant because they are directly related to quality of life and urban productivity. The need to find and implement alternatives to finite fossil fuel resources, end-use technologies that are wasting energy and produce harmful emissions is becoming more important: Cleaner fossil fuels, additives, bio-fuels, hydrogen and battery electric vehicles have been researched and their use demonstrated.The use of renewable energy sources (bio-mass, wind and solar) for mobility activities can eventually lead to a sustainable future. In the process we need to move away from fossil fuels, reduce our need for unnecessary travel, shift from car commuting to public transport or avoid travelling and engage electronically, working from anywhere.
Another concept is the one of “Individual public transport” where a vehicle is used by the public for transport, but is not owned by an individual. People share vehicles, much like current vehicle share schemes. This service may and can be provided by the city. The concept of EcoMobility (introduced by ICLEI in 2011) is then given life when people in the city are commuting by walking, cycling and small light electric vehicles all powered by electricity from sustainable renewable energy sources.
Questions to be addressed by the session
- How many vehicles should EcoMobility displace to make a significant difference in:
- Oil imports?
- Carbon release?
- Foreign exchange?
Can the shift to public transport and EcoMobility reduce the need for:
- Another coal fired power station?
- Another synthetic fuel plant?
- How safe are EcoMobility commuting options?
- Does this mean I do not have to buy another car?
- Will all my movements be traced/monitored now?
- Mr. Cornie Huizenga, Secretary-General, Partnership on Sustainable Low Carbon Transport (Slocat)
- Mr. Carel Snyman, Senior Manager Green Transport, South African National Energy Development Institute (SANEDI), South Africa
- Ms. Tania Roediger-Vorwerk, Deputy Director General, Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Germany
- Ms. NickeyJanse van Rensburg, Manager, Faculty of Engineering and the Built Environment, Mechanical Engineering Science, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
- Mr. Andrew Taylor, Managing Director, Cape Advanced Engineering (CAE), South Africa
- Ms. Monika Zimmermann, Deputy Secretary-General, ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability
Closing remarks: Hon. Ms. Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport, South Africa (tbc)