During the Gas Mobility Summit at the University of Johannesburg, Mpho Parks Tau has challenged industry players in general and vehicle manufacturers in particular to come up with concrete and sustainable plans to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the city, saying “the time for talking was over”. “The city subscribes to the notion of the reduction of emissions. It is imperative that we find alternative energy sources that will also meet our objectives of enterprise development and job creation,” he said.
According to Mayor Tau, Johannesburg is working towards enabling and supporting all aspects of the gas for mobility value chain. The city is currently reliant on CNG from Egoli Gas. However, they are also working on developing projects that transform waste to energy using non-traditional resource streams such as municipal solid waste, green waste and waste water.
The city has already completed a pre-feasibility study on the potential of the Joburg Market waste stream, and it was found there is potentially sufficient biomethane to supply approximately 700,000 liters of diesel equivalent fuel every year. The mayor said biogas would be upgraded through a process of cleaning and compression before it is either used at a site of production or injected into the existing CNG pipeline to be used wherever it is required.
Tau also said the taxi industry, through partnerships with the Gauteng Provincial Government, the Automotive Industrial Development Centre and SANEDI, has already converted 800 minibus taxis from fossil fuels to natural gas. Minibuses provide approximately 70% of the public transportation needs and there are currently about 18,000 units in operation.
In this positive and promising scenario, NGV2014 South Africa Conference & Exhibition on November 17-20 will take place at Sandton Convention Center, precisely in Johannesburg. For further information on the event, please visit its official website.
Source: City of Johannesburg