How SA can cut road freight’s huge carbon footprint

How SA can cut road freight’s huge carbon footprint

Trucks wait along Bay Head road to get the Durban Harbour container terminals in the area. It takes days for truckers to get into the facility. Drivers sit in trucks and are not allowed to jump off the trucks. It is alleged that staff at Portnet don’t work and sit for an hour on their phones. Picture: Nigel Sibanda

Road freight traffic is projected to increase to one million freight vehicles on our roads by 2050, an expert says.

SA road freight emits about 16.8 million tons of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually, making it the second-largest contributor to carbon emissions after electricity, according to a recent study. Conducted by business analyst Dr Lee-Anne Terblanche, it covered the period between 2016 and 2019, excluding passenger freight. The study has recommended the introduction of a road freight decarbonisation framework “that’s specifically developed for our local context”. Terblanche, who recently obtained her doctorate in logistics management at Stellenbosch University, has developed the first road freight decarbonisation framework to decrease CO2 emissions. “The framework will provide companies and policymakers with guidelines on how...




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