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WWF South Africa is an environmental organisation working with business, labour, parastatals and policy-makers on a just transition to a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy. Transport is one of our focus areas, both passenger and freight sectors.
We consider three tiers of interventions which will be required to effect the transition of the sector: REDUCE movement of goods and people; SHIFT to low-carbon modes of transport, from private to public, from road to rail; and IMPROVE mobility services, and energy and fuel efficiency.
On passenger transport, we work with municipalities, large employers, transport providers, and user groups. Our One Planet Cities programme (www.wwf.org.za/our_work/initiatives/one_planet_city_challenge.cfm) assists cities and towns with solutions for sustainable outcomes in transport, urban planning, infrastructure, water, waste, and energy. In terms of organisational and individual behaviour change, we are running an employee travel demand management programme with UNISA. We developed the “ecomobility challenge” experiential learning idea, where teams traverse a route and the team coming in with the lowest carbon footprint wins, which have been run in Tshwane, Johannesburg, Ekhuruleni and Cape Town (www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogz9KpzfFhQ) - there’s a toolkit if you want to run your own challenge (http://www.wwf.org.za/our_research/publications/?27421/low-carbon-mobility-challenge-toolkit).
In freight transport, we have focused on the road to rail shift. One project developed a best-in-class model of cargo owners’ mode choices. Feel free to use the open source model at tinyurl.com/WWFFTM, backed by a technical manual at awsassets.wwf.org.za/downloads/freight_model_technical_report_16_09_15.pdf. We also investigate urban freight with cities and companies.
If you have ideas for us to work on together, please make contact!
Broadly, our climate change mitigation work seeks solutions for emitting fewer greenhouse gas emissions and enabling a flourishing South African economy, which delivers developmental outcomes and social equity.
We thank the Transport Forum for the networking, platform and learning provided, which has been invaluable to for our transport work.
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