World Environment Day is celebrated every year to raise global awareness to take positive environmental action to protect nature and the planet Earth. It is run by the United Nations Environment Programme.
When it comes to the environment, SANRAL believes in addressing issues of local and global concern.
Their initiatives include, but are not limited to:
- Banning tar products and a switch to asphalt, which is bitumen-based and more environmentally friendly.
- Research and test road surface types for noise reduction in sensitive areas.
- Install renewable energy and build wind and solar-powered variable message systems that protect endangered minnows and moved baobab trees.
- Recycle and reuse existing material from roads surfaces in upgrade projects.
The environmental plan in progress is to find the balance of a sustainable road network that meets the requirements of both people and the environment. In order to do this, SANRAL borrows concepts from international standards and keeps up-to-date with the latest developments.
They are currently looking to adapt ‘Greenroads’, a rating tool developed by the University of Washington, for use as an indicator for sustainable practices in South Africa’s road systems.
Their environmental guidelines undergo relevant legislative requirements and continues to improve internal guidelines for environmental management of its activities.
SANRAL believes in the monitoring of environmental awareness and regular site inspections by project teams, environmental authorities, and internal and external audit teams are condicted to evaluate the state of each cause.
There is a plan in place to change the energy mix in South Africa so that 40% of all energy will be provided by renewable sources by 2030.
Dalpark uses a solar plant to provide power for its mainline toll plaza operations, as well as at the surrounding workshop and training centre.
For Environment Day, as well as Environment month, SANRAL will assist in its role to help reduce its carbon footprint.