SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT AFRICA
Sustainable Transport Africa is a Non-Governmental Organization recently registered in Kenya with the primary objective of making transport more accessible to the lower income, physically challenged and financially disadvantaged groups, while reducing the adverse environmental and health impacts.
The Directors of Sustainable Transport Africa have had extensive experience in the local and international transport sector and are dedicated to achieving the common global goals of reducing CO2 emissions though halving today’s fuel consumption of our national vehicle fleet by 2050, substantially reducing black carbon emissions while encouraging modal shifts in transport to mass rapid transit systems and non-motorized transport.
These actions will be carried out and supported at all times ensuring that sustainability and affordability for all is guaranteed, while realizing gains in reduced healthcare costs from emissions associated with the transport sector.
Making transport more accessible to the lower income, physically challenged and financially disadvantaged groups while reducing the adverse environmental and health impacts particularly in urban areas where the public suffers from growing serious respiratory illnesses, cancer and premature deaths as a result of harmful emissions from the rapidly expanding transport sector with children suffering the greatest impacts. The urban poor who don’t own vehicles are seriously disadvantaged as they are unable to meet the significant healthcare costs with breadwinners dying prematurely leaving behind destitute families.
- Reduce the harmful impact of the transport sector on public health and our environment through the promotion of policies to encourage modal shifts from private cars to cleaner public transport systems, to encourage the use of non-motorized transport and to enable the introduction of sustainable technologies to clean and reduce our national vehicle fleet emissions.
- Create public awareness on the significant health and environmental impacts and market the need to take mitigation measures using the “Polluter Pays” principle to significantly reduce mobile source emissions of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs), Particulate Matter (PM), Black Carbon (BC) and Carbon Dioxide (CO2).
- Introduce incentives such as CO2 labeling and eco-taxes to encourage modal shifts that reduce emissions per commuter, promote and support the introduction of Mass Rapid Transit Systems (MRTS) linked to Non-Motorized Transport (NMT) nodes for door to door commuting, encourage eco-driving and introduce clean vehicle technologies such as promoting sales of Low Emissions Vehicles (LEV), fuel-electric hybrid and full electric vehicles and the promotion of Traffic Demand Management (TDM) and Land Use Planning policies to drastically reduce traffic congestion.
- Take advantage of the elimination of lead and reduction of sulphur in our fuels to enable the use of technologies such as catalytic converters and particulate filters to reduce harmful and GHG emissions by the introduction of vehicle emissions standards, controls and tail-pipe emissions testing.
- Enhance the road safety campaign by encouraging regular vehicle inspection and maintenance not only for passing emissions tests but also roadworthiness requirements.
- Engage in extensive capacity building programs for the effective implementation of the listed objectives in addition to quantifying and monitoring the social and financial impact of our transport sector on our environment and public health sector.