The uYilo eMobility Programme has been an implementing partner on the South Africa-UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions (South Africa-UK PACT) programme for a year, specifically on the STRAPSA (Shifting the TRAnsport Paradigm for South Africa) project. South Africa-UK PACT projects support the country’s transition to a low-carbon, inclusive, climate-resilient economy and society.
In February 2021, the uYilo eMobility Programme was confirmed as the South African implementation partner on a sustainable transport project, one of ten projects awarded in South Africa. During the last 12 months, STRAPSA has trained more than 370 participants in electric road transport and charging infrastructure, through online workshops, dialogues and working knowledge reports. Participants included personnel from national government departments, Eskom and women in business and leadership.
“Key personnel within the line departments and their entities have been enhanced with technical capacity to sustain climate action towards accelerating emission reductions within transport in South Africa,” says Hiten Parmar, uYilo Director.
The STRAPSA project aims to support South Africa’s national Green Transport Strategy, published by the Department of Transport, specifically Strategic Pillar 8 on the promotion of hybrid and electric vehicles, with a target of five percent electric vehicle fleet conversion by 2025.
“The uYilo STRAPSA project team has a three-quarter women-leadership structure which resonates strongly with the Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) goals of the project,” says Edem Foli, uYilo Programme Manager. “We are pleased that the team have successfully achieved the project milestones and deliverables of the STRAPSA project.”
This capacity building initiative has increased each of the participants’ knowledge on topics of electric road transport – private, public, and micro-mobility, charging infrastructure, consultative workshops, and international-themed webinars by project partner Cenex UK. The output documents are tailored to the South African environment, challenges, and experiences in transitioning to new technology, addressing climate change and a just energy transition.
“In 2022 the focus for the STRAPSA project is on building capacity, knowledge and capability on electric road transport at regional level to aid with the reduction of road transport emissions,” says Parmar.
Emissions from the transport sector account for 13% of South Africa’s total energy-related CO2 emissions. This sector is the fastest-growing source of the country’s greenhouse gas emissions, increasing by 44% between 2000 and 2015. Road transport accounts for more than 90% of this sector’s total emissions with fossil fuel (petrol and diesel) internal combustion engine vehicles dominating all road transport modes in the country. The National Green Transport Strategy (2018), supplemented by municipal-level integrated transport plans, outlines priorities aimed at developing a sustainable and low carbon transport sector in South Africa.