Programs and Projects
Global warming continues to threaten the peaceful existence of humankind. Vehicle exhaust emissions and increasing energy crisis are among critical issues that will propel corporates to look at alternative means of doing business in the future.
Metrobus as a public transport provider has taken the leadership in making a change, through its strategic objective of going green and undertaking the initiative to convert some of its current diesel buses to Diesel Dual Fuel (DDF) and procuring the Euro-5 DDF buses, which are more friendly to the environment in terms of carbon emissions.
The Company has in partnership with the University of Johannesburg undertaken a pilot project aimed at converting some of the current diesel run buses to Dual Diesel Fuel, a technology that allows for substitution of diesel a fossil fuel with natural gas, which emits less carbon emissions into the atmosphere. This project is a first in South Africa, and the company aims to be the leader by developing a Centre of Excellence on Natural Gas vehicle conversions
In the financial year 2014-2015, the company converted 30 buses, thereby contributing positively on the climate and giving the aged buses a new lease of life. There are plans underway to convert an additional 60 buses in the financial year 2015-2016, which will see an increase to 90 converted buses, adding the 150 new Euro-5 DDF buses, the company will have about half its fleet being environmentally friendly and as such minimizing the impact of carbon emissions into the environment.
The company looks set to enjoy the following benefits as a result of the project:
- Substitution by cheaper fuel, which should result in cost savings
- Cleaner source of energy
- Less carbon deposits in the engine
- Prolonged engine life
- Lesser noise
- Less harmful emissions
- Development of the bio-gas industry
- Lessening dependency on fossil fuels
- Employment creation
Over and above many benefits of the programme highlighted is the potential for development of industries and specialised skills through the Centre of Excellence that will go along in advancing the government priorities of economic and skills development.
As part of the company's social responsibility, the following services are offered at discounted rates:
- A dedicated service to people with disabilities;
- Subsidized pensioner services;
- Subsidized scholar services; and
Free transportation to the South African Police Service (SAPS), the Johannesburg Metro Police Department (JMPD) and the South African National Defence Force (SANDF) officers IN UNIFORM on routes in the greater Jhb area.
Tel: 011 403-4300