City of Joburg replaces fleet vehicles with a green fleet

Globally the effects of climate change are becoming increasingly worrying and the negative effects are set to get worse if people don’t take steps to avoid them. Scorching summer temperatures and droughts, increasingly violent storms and hurricanes, rising sea levels and flooding, it looks like we are in for a bumpy ride. According to statistics, cities occupy 2% of the world’s landmass, but are home to 50% of the population, use two thirds of the energy, and produce 70% of global CO2 emissions. So what can city dwellers do to counter the effects of climate change? The City of Johannesburg has made great strides in becoming greener. From introducing a green fleet to focusing on resource efficiency, here are some of the ways the City of Joburg is reducing its carbon footprint and countering climate change. 

What is resource efficiency?

One of the main ways that cities can reduce their carbon footprint is by looking at their resource efficiency. This includes making green infrastructure a priority, meaning development of greener alternatives in the areas of energy, transport, water, waste, housing and building. City of Johannesburg has introduced a Greening Programme to promote clean energy in the transport sector. Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg Councillor Mpho Parks Tau, said it is the City’s goal to make walking cycling and public transport the preferred methods of transport in this city by 2040. This has led to a focus on public transport and Metrobus and Rea Vaya which has already led to a reduction in CO₂ emissions.

Using green fleet to help green the City

Another innovation is the introduction of a green fleet with more eco-friendly vehicles. In 2015 Mayor Tau unveiled 34 hybrid cars supplied to the city by Avis Fleet. These vehicles are being used by various entities in the City and managed by Avis Fleet as part of his vision for a greener Joburg. According to Mayor Tau, Johannesburg is responsible for 56% of national carbon emissions and is the 13th highest carbon-emitting city in the world. The need for change in our transport industry is particularly important, since 67% of our total energy is used in this industry with private cars making up a large portion of this amount. Using energy efficient hybrid vehicles will reduce the dependence fossil-based fuels and reduce harmful emissions.

Fleet management for a green fleet

Avis Fleet recognises the fact that businesses would like to reduce their carbon footprint. Vehicles produce a relatively small 9.9% of total emissions but there are ways that fleet management can help to make fleets greener. With our “sweet spot” quotation tool, the right vehicle for your needs can be found, taking into account CO₂ emissions and mileage. Using an extensive database of carbon discharges, our reporting will indicate the best vehicle for your needs that is also kinder to the environment. Telematics, another Avis Fleet solution, can show driver behaviour information which can be used in reporting to indicate how to reduce carbon emissions.

Avis Fleet are committed to making the fleet services industry greener. Click here for more information on green fleet.


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