Cape Town signs clean bus pledge
CAPE Town mayor Patricia de Lille joined the city leaders of 11 world cities who have pledged to procure only zero-emission buses from 2025 and ensure that a major area of their city is zero emission by 2030.
Auckland, Barcelona, Cape Town, Copenhagen, London, Los Angeles, Mexico City, Milan, Paris, Quito, Seattle and Vancouver all signed the C40 Fossil-Fuel-Free Streets Declaration last week.
The policies are designed to fight air pollution, improve the quality of life for all citizens and help tackle the global threat of climate change.
The cities committed to: • increasing the rates of walking, cycling and use of public and shared transport; • reducing the number of polluting vehicles on city streets; • leading by example by procuring zero-emission vehicles for city fleets; and • working with suppliers, fleet operators and businesses to accelerate the shift to zero-emissions vehicles and reduce vehicle kilometres in cities.
Cities will report back every two years on the progress they are making towards the goals of the C40 Declaration. C40 estimated that there are 59 000 buses of all types operating on the streets of the 12 cities.
Among them, London says it has the largest electric bus fleet in Europe, with more than 2 500 hybrid electric buses made by China’s BYD and Britain’s Alexander Dennis.
In an expanding market, other makers include Volvo, Mercedes-Benz Daimler and Proterra.
Caroline Watson, an expert in lowemission vehicles at C40, said the declaration is meant as “a clear commitment in writing to raise the bar and give a signal to the private sector” to encourage greener investments in cities.