Johannesburg Executive Mayor, Mpho Parks Tau said the City is promoting the use of public transport, non- motorised transport and renewable energy to reduce climate change.
Welcoming guests to the opening of the C40 Cities Mayors Summit, Mayor Tau outlined various measures Joburg has taken to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
He said the City is taking a decisive step towards transit-oriented development. “We want to promote the use of public transport, bicycling and walking, and reduce our reliance on private vehicles.”
Mayor Tau added that Metrobus had taken delivery of two buses which use diesel and methane gas. With these buses, the mayor said, the city had started to convert its fleet to a dual fuelling system. The next fleet of buses will be dual fuel and the BRT fleet will also be converted . “In future, we intend to develop and produce fuel filters, conversion kits, for both the public and private vehicle sectors.”
Describing the Rea Vaya as a “green transport” flagship, Mayor Tau the system has reduced emissions in the City. “This currently saves around 380 000 tonnes of Co2 emissions per annum. Once fully implemented, 6 million tonnes of C02 will be saved by 2030.”
Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg thanked Johannesburg for its hospitality. “The hospitality of this City is something none of us will be able to forget.” Mayor Bloomberg has been appointed by United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki Mun to serve as his envoy on cities and climate change.
He said the world now looks to cities for leadership on global change.
Eduardo Paes, Mayor of Rio de Janeiro and incoming chairperson of C40 commended Joburg for its achievements. “Your achievements can be used in other cities.
Mark Watts, Executive Director of the C40 tabled a research report which indicated that C40 cities have stepped up actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change.
“Since 2011, the number of climate actions taken by cities has almost doubled from 4700 to 8000. The scale of individual climate actions has also increased,” Watts said.
Find Executive Mayor Parks Tau speech at the C40 events, 5th February 2014. Find speech here.