The Department of Forests, Fisheries and the Environment has said South Africa will take a step towards low-emission vehicles in the 2030s.
The ministry’s climate change plans are included in the draft Nationally determined contribution (NDC) which was released for public comment at the end of March.
The NDC is seen as the “cornerstone” of South Africa’s response to climate change and includes the country’s commitments to the UN and the Paris Agreement for the global effort on climate change.
It also details the government’s proposed shift from harmful greenhouse gas emissions to more sustainable fuel sources.
The NDC states that the long-term decarbonisation of the South African economy will focus in the 2020s mainly on the electricity sector.
This will give it time to introduce new sources of renewable energy through the IRP program and give the country time to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic.
In the 2030s, a deeper transition will take place in the electricity sector, coupled with a transition of the transport sector to low-emission vehicles.
The NDC is also committed to introducing a number of green transport options in the road and rail sector.
“South Africa will invest in energy efficiency, a range of green transport measures including electric and hybrid vehicles, changing modes and improving the provision of safe and affordable public transport.
“All of these measures will be accompanied by just transition programs to ensure that the costs of these measures for workers and communities are minimized and the benefits maximized,” the ministry said.
Governments and automakers have pledged to phase out traditional gasoline cars over the next decade to reduce harmful emissions.
The UK has announced plans to introduce a ban on the sale of new petrol and diesel cars from 2030, with the country due to introduce a 35,000 charging points one year to achieve this goal.
The European Union is also facing growing calls to introduce a firm date to phase out the sale of new gasoline and diesel cars in order for the region to meet its goal of becoming climate neutral.
“If you factor in the lifespan of cars, you just have to stop adding new fossil fuel cars around 2030 if you want to be carbon neutral in 2050,” said Stientje van Veldhoven, secretary of Dutch state to infrastructure. Bloomberg in March.
Last month, automaker Volvo announced plans to go fully electric by 2030 and phase out all car models with internal combustion engines, including hybrids.
“At Volvo our customers expect high standards of human security from us and they are starting to expect exactly the same when it comes to planetary security, we aim to live up to that, this is the right one. thing to do, ”Bjorn Annwall, responsible for Europe for Volvo, told the TBEN.
“The high-end all-electric segment will be the fastest growing part of the automotive market, so focusing on that is very natural.”
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