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Solving road freight

BY ERIN WALLS

 Dr. Lee-Anne Terblanche, Stel­lenbosch University (SU) alumna, has come up with a decarboni­sation framework which has the aim to tackle the large amounts of carbon emissions produced from road freight transport, the second largest contributor of carbon emis­sions after electricity in South Af­rica.

“This is the first and currently only decarbonisation framework in South Africa,” Terblanche said.

Terblanche, who obtained her doctorate in Transport and Logis­tics from Stellenbosch University (SU) in December said, she had to choose a topic close to her heart and for her that “was the environ­ment”.

“The framework is based on one that is being written in the United Kingdom (UK). However, due to the fact that South Africa and the UK environments are so different, I had to ensure it was adaptable to South Africa.”

According to Terblanche she had to consider the flooding that had recently occurred in Durban as well as the high levels of crime, such as hijacking.

“The framework was made so that it is easily adaptable to South Africa and does not involve a lot of cost,” said Terblanche.

Terblanche identified four key decisions which a company can make, which is then further bro­ken down into 9 carbon variables.

“Missed time slots, driving be­haviour such as not abiding by traffic rules, theft and hijacking are among these variables. By improv­ing on these, such as avoiding un­necessary trips and trucks driving around empty, carbon emissions could be cut by 27%.”

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