“We are at the early stages of trying to get our vision to the appropriate people at municipal, provincial and even national level,” said John Stavers, the Novo’s general manager. “Our vision is to have government use the gas from landfills or sewage works rather than waste it. We want to capture it and use it for niche fleets such as city-centre buses and taxis,” he added, as published by Mail & Guardian.
Novo Energy and the Prime Africa Institute conducted a study to evaluate the cost of pollution. Consequently, Novo Energy’s chief executive Andri Hugo, concluded: “We think we live in a clean country, but 50% of respiratory diseases in South Africa are from pollution.” Besides, a bus running on natural gas for 10 years would translate into an estimated R350 000 saving to society, they reported
Stephen Rothman, the director of CNG Holdings, considers that government support is vital to get the industry off the ground and authorities are staring to working on that way: in partnership with the South African National Energy Research Institute and Gauteng Transport, CNG Holdings has converted some government-fleet vehicles.