South Africa’s first green transport service

first_imgThe Green Cab is South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.(Image: The Green Cab) MEDIA CONTACTS • Lynn Maggott  Green Cab MD  +27 84 596 9856 RELATED ARTICLES • Top green rating for SA building • SA’s auto industry to turn green • Rural community goes ‘green’ • IDC fund helps companies go green Wilma den HartighA group of forward-thinking entrepreneurs have established South Africa’s first carbon-neutral transport service.The Green Cab is the idea of a group of women who decided to pool their expertise to help lower vehicle emissions and make transport services more sustainable.The Cape Town-based initiative has attracted much attention from businesses looking to green their operations, eco-conscious individuals and the local tourism sector.“Looking after the environment is something everyone needs to do. We are destroying our planet and we all have a responsibility to do something. We owe it to future generations,” says Lynn Maggott, Green Cab MD.Environment-friendly fuelThe company’s fleet has been modified to run on liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) and a biodiesel blend of diesel used cooking oil. A 20/80 ratio of biodiesel to diesel is used.LPG is a flammable mixture of hydrocarbon gases used as fuel in vehicles. It burns more cleanly than petrol.According to the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, LPG used in taxi, limousine or shuttle services can achieve carbon dioxide savings of up to 12%, compared to normal petrol-driven vehicles.Biodiesel is a vegetable oil or animal fat-based diesel fuel. Vehicles running on biodiesel can achieve carbon dioxide savings of between 15% and 90%, compared to standard diesel vehicles.Maggott explains that LPG’s percentage reduction in harmful emissions, as compared to petrol, is 75% less for carbon monoxide; 85% less for hydrocarbon; 40% less for oxide and nitrogen and about 10% less for carbon dioxide.Biodiesel reduces carbon dioxide emissions between 30% and 50%, depending on the percentage of used cooking oil in the blend.Most of The Green Cab’s vehicles are supplied by Hyundai South Africa. This is the only vehicle manufacturer in South Africa that will extend warranties on new vehicles once they have been converted to run on a dual fuel system.The Green Cab petrol vehicles are fitted with a gas tank to store LPG that connects to the fuel system. Diesel vehicles are fitted with diesel particulate filters.An accredited South African Bureau of Standards technician installed the LPG tanks. All Hyundai converted vehicles are signed off by the manufacturer’s technical director to ensure compliance with international standards.Verifying their claimsMaggot says that The Green Cab has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Chemical Engineering Department at the University of Johannesburg (UJ), its new technology partner.“Through the alliance our claims can be assessed, we can verify what we offer to corporate, and we ensure that the manufacturer’s claims are valid,” she says.The Green Cab’s collaboration with UJ will also make it possible to research new products.The company is also working with South African tour operator Springbok Atlas to convert their vehicles by fitting whale filters. These are secondary diesel particulate filters that remove particles larger than one micron. This limits harmful emissions and enhances fuel efficiency.The Green Cab’s partnership with Springbok Atlas means that they can expand their operations nationally by April next year.Guilt free travelling servicesThe transport company offers a variety of services under The Green Cab banner. “Our services are supplied to many corporates for their events as a way to reduce their carbon footprint,” says Maggott.This year, The Green Cab has a presence at the COP17 climate change conference in Durban.At a daily rate it provides delegates with a dedicated 12-hour chauffeur service in a Green Cab-branded climate change cab.Corporates can also arrange transfers in a customised company-branded cab.A green transport certificate is issued to clients to show that the transport of their company is carbon neutral. The certificate also quantifies the distance travelled and resultant emissions.The certificate is issued in partnership with the South African Carbon Protocol, which certifies that the emissions were sequestrated.As part of their regular services, companies can form an association with the low carbon shuttle service through the branding of vehicles at large events.“This allows companies or government departments to communicate their environmental messages to a large national and international audience,” Maggott says.Companies can also enroll their drivers in sustainable mobility driver training courses. The two-day course includes both a theoretical and practical component.“This course creates awareness among drivers about how their driving influences the volume of carbon emissions and teaches them how to drive to reduce emissions,” she explains.Recently, The Green Cab introduced a shuttle service for patrons attending the Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens.“In doing this we hope to reduce congestion with parking, reduce the footprint of the event and encourage people to drive less,” Maggott says.Entrepreneurial awardsThe Green Cab sustainable transport movement is gaining momentum and the company is winning awards for its efforts.Green Cab claimed top honours in the 2010/2011 in the Emerging Tourism Entrepreneur Award competition by being named the provincial winners for the Western Cape.Western Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, Alan Winde, congratulated the innovative “green ladies” for their novel business idea.“The Green Cab initiative speaks to growing tourism responsibly and on behalf of the Western Cape tourism industry, I would like to commend their efforts,” he said.last_img read more

CBI to probe Ryan school murder

first_imgGiving into the persistent demand from parents of a seven-year-old boy of Ryan International School who was murdered inside the school premises, Haryana Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar on Friday announced that the probe would be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).Mr Khattar also told reporters that the district administration had taken over the school management for three months.Making these announcements after meeting with the victim’s parents, Mr. Khattar said although the Haryana Police had conducted the investigation professionally, the government had decided to honour the demand of the parents and several local leaders.Plea for speedy inquiryHe said he would immediately write a letter to the Union government in this regard and also made an appeal to the CBI to conduct the probe at the earliest.“This incident was unfortunate. Today I came here to meet the family. There was a demand from the family members and several others for handing over the case to the CBI for investigation,” he said.The Chief Minister said the brutal murder of the minor was condemnable and had led to strong resentment among the people across the country.Mr. Khattar said the school management would be taken over by the district administration for three months and all security and safety lapses would be rectified by the Deputy Commissioner under his supervision.He said the Haryana Police would continue to investigate the matter till the CBI took over.Mr. Khattar, who was present in the city to participate in the Haryana Digital Summit-2017, got emotional while interacting with the parents and could be seen wiping away tears.The Class II student of Ryan International School in Bhondsi was murdered inside the washroom of the school on September 8, minutes after his father dropped him and his sister at the main gate.A school bus conductor and two senior officials of the school management have been arrested in the case so far.last_img read more

Centre, State finding new ways to eject foreigners: Himanta Biswa Sarma

first_imgAssam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the Centre and the State governments have been discussing new ways to eject foreigners after the “disappointment” with the National Register of Citizens (NRC).The final NRC published on Friday excluded 19,06,657 people from a total of 3.29 crore applicants. The excluded people are not technically foreigners, as they have legal options to challenge their status.“I don’t think this is the final list. There are many more to come,” Mr. Sarma said, adding that efforts were on to explore ways to ferret out more foreigners from the State.Assam’s indigenous people believe there are at 40 lakh foreigners or illegal immigrants in the State. The July 2009 petition in the Supreme Court that triggered the exercise claimed the State had 41 lakh foreigners.Mr. Sarma did not specify the measures being discussed, but one of the ways is believed to push the Citizenship (Amendment) Bill to let the allegedly persecuted non-Muslims from India’s neighbourhood – Afghanistan, Bangladesh and Pakistan – be absorbed as citizens.The final NRC exclusion list is believed to contain the names of many Hindu Bengali people, the BJP’s vote bank. The party has been unhappy with the final NRC. 19 lakh people left out of Assam’s NRC Final List. What next?Volume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard ShortcutsPlay/PauseSPACEIncrease Volume↑Decrease Volume↓Seek Forward→Seek Backward←Captions On/OffcFullscreen/Exit FullscreenfMute/UnmutemSeek %0-9Live00:0001:5001:50 Watch | Assam’s NRC Final List is outlast_img read more