The Decarbonisation of Transport Logistics: A South African Case

South Africa ranks 13th globally on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions contributions and is one of the top 10 carbon-intensive major economies in the world (GDP larger than $200 billion), with a carbon intensity of 0.972 metric tons of CO2 per $1000 of GDP in 2011 (compared to leading countries such as Germany at 0.290 tCO2 per $1000 of GDP) (U.S. Energy Information Administration, 2013). During the 2009 Copenhagen climate change negotiations, South Africa pledged to reduce domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34% by 2020 and 42% by 2025 (National Treasury, 2010). The transport sector (freight and passenger) was responsible for 9.3% of South Africa's total cumulative GHG emissions between 2000 and 2010, with road transport (freight and passenger) contributing 92% of transport sector emissions (Department of Environmental Affairs, 2013). Transport decarbonisation will therefore be an important contributor to national decarbonisation efforts. McKinnon et al. (2014) identified external factors that will impact on company-level efforts to cut freight logistics-related carbon emissions, and classified these into 6 categories using the acronym TIMBER - technology, infrastructure, market changes, behaviour, energy and regulation. This paper applies the TIMBER framework to assess transport decarbonisation activities in South Africa.


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  • Source Agency: Transportation Association of Canada (TAC)
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  • Created Date: Jul 26 2016 5:03PM