The solar EV charging facility at uYilo

The UK PACT uYilo eMobility Programme’s STRAPSA project targets the needs of building capacity and knowledge on electric transportation through technical assistance. STRAPSA attracted funding from UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) which is used for skills enhancement of key institutions and decision-makers. The aim, for uYilo, is to provide the empowerment necessary to enhance and sustain climate actions on accelerating emission reductions within the transport sector in South Africa. The project leverages international expertise and experience through project partnership of uYilo with Cenex UK.

In February 2021, the uYilo eMobility Programme was confirmed as implementation partner on sustainable transport in the South Africa-UK PACT Country Programme. Our goal is to assist South Africa to attain climate and clean energy targets in transportation and help develop a sustainable low carbon transport sector in the country.

UK PACT Country Programme

UK PACT (Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions) is a unique capacity-building programme running from 2018 to 2022. It is funded by the UK Government through its International Climate Finance (ICF) portfolio at the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS). UK PACT works in partnership with countries which are eligible for Official Development Assistance (ODA) and have high emissions reduction potential. It supports them to implement and increase their ambitions for emissions reductions, in line with their Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) and the long-term goal of the 2015 Paris Agreement to limit dangerous climate change.

Nissan LEAF charging

The uYilo Smart Grid charging facility.

UK PACT objectives

The primary aim of the programme, which is funded by ODA and supports Her Majesty’s Government’s (HMG) development objectives is to alleviate poverty by accelerating climate mitigation in line with the COP 21 Paris Agreement. UK PACT will do this by:

•Working with partner countries to support them to improve the capacity and capability of key institutions (public, private, and civil society)

•Addressing barriers and constraints to clean growth

•Pursuing opportunities for greater climate ambition

South Africa-UK PACT Country Programme

Since UK PACT initiated activities in South Africa in late 2019, a series of consultations and technical scoping meetings have been held with the South African government to identify key priorities and opportunities which UK PACT can support. UK PACT aims to provide technical cooperation that is demand-led, responsive and adds value in supporting South Africa to meet its sustainable growth needs.

Emissions from the transport sector account for 13% of the South Africa’s total energy related CO2 emissions. The sector is the fastest growing source of South Africa’s GHG emissions, growing by 44% between 2000 and 2015. Road transport accounts for over 90% of this sector’s total emissions with internal combustion engine vehicles, operating on fossil fuels (petrol and diesel), dominating all road transport modes in the country. The National Green Transport Strategy (2018) supplemented by municipal level integrated transport plans, outlines priorities aimed at developing a sustainable and low carbon transport sector in South Africa.

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