South Africa

Tsamaya – Sustainable Urban Mobility Programme

Background

The South African government aims to reduce the country’s emissions by 34% below the Business-As-Usual (BAU) emission level till 2020 and by 42% till 2025. According to its intended nationally determined contribution (INDC) South Africa GHG emissions are projected to plateau between 2025 and 2035 followed by a decline till 2050.

The transport sector is responsible for about 13% of the country`s total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and for 28% of the total energy consumption. Together with the Department of Transport (DOT) TRANSfer is developing a NAMA called “Tsamaya” which is the Setswanana word for “Go!”.


Project Objective

The aim of the project is an up-scaling of integrated transport systems in cities based on the concept of eco-mobility through a national program approach. The support mechanism includes an improved legal and regulatory framework, assistance in project development as well as in financing for selected cities to bridge the gap from planning to implementation and monitoring of sustainable urban mobility measures.


Activities on t-NAMAs / Transport and Climate Change

Emissions from the transport sector are rising continuously and are projected to increase significantly till 2050 without additional GHG mitigation measures. The national government is aware of the situation and puts the transport sector at the core of the flagship programmes under the National Climate Change Response White Paper. The Department of Transport (DOT) has an interest in steadily improving the transport efficiency and promote at the same time co-benefits.

Direct Mitigation actions
• Public transport network infrastructure (BRT lanes, shelters, stations, depots, related information technology)
• Low Carbon Buses (vehicle fleet modernisation; hybrid buses and efficient Diesel buses)
• Last Mile Connectivity (sidewalks, cycling lanes, cycle storage at stations, bike and car-sharing, Promotional events, etc.)
• Transport Demand Management (Parking management, low-emission zones)

Supportive measures
• Inter-governmental coordination
• Improving the legal framework (NMT, TDM and fuel policies)
• Improing access to finance
• Support to cities (Integrated Transport Plans, project development, capacity development)
• MRV framework (data collection and evaluation)


Further Reading

Further publications will be available soon.


Further Information

The TRANSfer project is run by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Its objective is to support developing countries to develop and implement climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector, called „Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions“ (NAMAs).

Commissoning Agency: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Duration: 07/2015-12/2016

Contact: transfer@giz.de


The Gautrain Case

Background

South Africa is promoting a modal shift towards public transport and non-motorised modes, as well as setting a framework for energy efficiency in transport. The activities complement the national and trans-sectoral plan to elaborate mitigation actions.

Within the NAMA identification process the ‘Passenger Modal Shift from Road to Rail – The Gautrain Case’ has been chosen to be developed as NAMA for recognition. The Gautrain is an existing rapid rail network of around 80 km extension carrying around 42,000 passengers per day with expected increasing numbers of passengers in the coming years. It serves the important corridor from Johannesburg to Tshwane. TRANSfer supports especially the approach to measure, report and verify emissions reductions and co-benefits.

In a second initiative TRANSfer is promoting the development of a CNG-NAMA. This includes the support of a conversion project in the minibus-sector as well as the improvement of the policy framework for natural gas in the transport sector in order to reduce GHG emissions from vehicles.


Project Objective

To quantify sustainable development benefits (social, economic, environmental) and the emissions reductions that occur due to the modal shift from road to rail at the example of the Gautrain.


Activities on t-NAMAs / Transport and Climate Change

Both the Department of Transport (DOT) as well as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) have an interest in steadily improving the transport efficiency and promote at the same time co-benefits. Besides the Gautrain NAMA has been implemented, we are currently jointly elaborating new mitigation potentials.


Further Reading

Case study: South Africa

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Further Information

The TRANSfer project is run by GIZ and funded by the International Climate Initiative of the German Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB). Its objective is to support developing countries to develop and implement climate change mitigation strategies in the transport sector, called „Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions“ (NAMAs).

Commissoning Agency: German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conversation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB)

Budget: (German Contribution): 5 million EUROs

Duration: 10/2013-12/2016

Contact: transfer@giz.de