Transport Education Training Authority (TETA);
Greeprenuers and Green Transportation
Oyewo-Umoh Adetola Elizabeth
The Transport Education and Training Authority(TETA ) in partnership with the Centre For Learning on Evaluation AA(CLEAR) , University Witwatersrand hosted the 2nd TETA stakeholders engagement session at the Protea Edward Hotel , Durban on 2nd November 2018. With the aim to provide consolidated findings on processes and content of 2019/20 update, green transportation research and hard-to-fill vacancy in the face of leveraging on the fourth industrial revolution. This is key in generating new knowledge and information towards technological advancement and growth of the Transport Industry in South Africa.
The discussion was facilitated by University of Venda team, from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of environmental Sciences; Professor Peter Bikam and Dean School of Environmental Sciences, John Odiyo and Dr James Chakwizira. The workshop identified that transport activity levels are strongly related to socio- economic drivers and accessible transport is an important enabling factor for economic growth. Green transport include electric trains, cars, trams and electric buses that are environmentally friendly vehicle that produces less harmful impacts to the environment than comparable conventional internal combustion engine vehicles running on gasoline or diesel,
Green vehicles can be powered by alternative fuels and advanced vehicle technologies and include hybrid electric vehicles, plug-in hybrid electric vehicles and battery electric vehicles.
Green transport supports the other pillars of sustainable development, namely economic affordable, fair and efficient transport that supports a sustainable competitive economy and the creation of decent jobs. It was highlighted that green transport will help boost economic growth, creates jobs and create green entrepreneurs.
Key recommendation was that other transport choices with very low environmental impact such as cycling and other human-powered vehicles, and animal powered transport should be encouraged. A fundamental shift in investment patterns is needed, based on the principles of avoiding or reducing trips, shifting to more environmentally efficient modes such as public and non-motorised transport (for passenger transport) and to rail and water transport (for freight) is recommended. Investment in public transportation and vehicle efficiency improvements generates exceptional economic returns. Such investments, among other measures, should be enabled through shifting financing priorities towards public transport and non-motorised transport, coupled with strong economic incentives such as taxes, charges and subsidy reform.
Picture from the left :University of Venda team, from the Department of Urban and Regional Planning, School of environmental Sciences, Dr James Chakwizira, Dean School of Environmental Sciences, John Odiyo; Professor Peter Bikam TETA Acting Manager, Research and knowledge(in white shirt) Nathi Gumbi