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The City of Johannesburg’s commitment to the creation of a green environment will come to the fore once again when it hosts a green transport summit to mark the commencement of this year’s Transport Month.

The one-day Gas for Mobility Summit, to be held at the Bunting Road campus of the University of Johannesburg in Parktown on October 1, will be addressed by an array of local and international experts on gas for mobility issues, as well as the City’s leadership.

Speaking ahead of the summit, Councilor Christine Walters, Member of the Mayoral Committee for Transport, reiterated the City’s commitment to using gas as an alternative fuel source in its own fleet, and to promoting its use within the minibus taxi industry as well as among other public transport operators and private vehicles.

“The objective of doing this is to reduce the City’s dependence on fossil fuels, reduce air pollution and carbon emissions and enable local job creation and income generation initiatives,” said Walters.

Johannesburg Executive Mayor Councilor Parks Tau, will in his keynote address at the summit share his thoughts and experiences on how the City is leading the way as far as “gas for mobility” is concerned.

The City’s Member of the Mayoral Committee for Environment, Infrastructure and Services, Councilor Matshidiso Mfikoe, will give a talk on the “gas for mobility” value chain, while Harold Annegarn, Head of the Department of Geography, Environmental Management and Energy Studies at the University of Johannesburg, will look at how to promote innovation in “gas for mobility”.

From the international space, Professor Ludger Eltrop, Head of the Department of System Analysis and Renewable Energy at the University of Stuttgart in Germany, will deliver a paper on international and local experience of gas for mobility.

Three workshops will be held during the summit. The first will look at how the minibus taxi industry could migrate from fossil fuels to gas, the players and how this initiative could be funded.

The second workshop, to be co-facilitated by Eddie Cooke from the SA Piped Gas Association, will look at how the production of biogas can take place, the players and how it could be funded.

The third workshop – to be chaired by Andre van Niekerk, interim Managing Director of Metrobus and Andrew Taylor, Managing Director of Cape Advanced Engineering – will look at the conversion to gas and dual fuel in buses and trucks.

The summit is expected to be attended by government officials, biogas producers, bus operators and manufacturers, academics, exhibitors and representatives of non-governmental organisations.

About fifteen exhibitors will showcase their wares at the summit.

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