Issue 23, October 2020 Welcome to our quarterly newsletter
Building it back better to improve resilience post-COVID-19 The Positive Impact Magazine describes how the pandemic will catalyse the adoption of sustainable and resilient infrastructure. Achieving this will require economic stimulus packages that enable the establishment of resilient infrastructure, safe, healthy and integrated urban design.
Practical guide to develop Net Zero Carbon Buildings A collaboration between ASHRAE, SEA, GBCSA and eThekwini Metro has led to the publication of a guide on developing net zero carbon buildings in South Africa. The guide informs about net zero carbon building design and operations, and features numerous case studies showcasing projects that have already achieved net zero carbon status.
Understanding and managing residential rooftop solar PV This briefing paper introduces the fundamentals of understanding and managing an electricity system that has multiple actors in a rapidly changing electricity system. It illustrates the interplay of decisions made by municipalities and their electricity customers, and introduces an electricity decision making tool to assist municipalities in navigating through the complexities and create a best possible electricity system.
Lessons from the minigrid rural electrification project in Eastern Cape The Upper Blinkwater Minigrid Project coordinated by DEDEAT and GIZ SAGEN, with partners, highlights important lessons of successfully implementing a minigrid in a rural community. Community participation, a local support structure, as well as technical considerations, were all intrinsic to the effective implementation of the minigrid system. This report details the project phases from inception to the completion of a long-term sustainable energy service.
Tracking population dynamics across provinces and municipalities SALGA recently published a brief report on the population dynamics across provinces, districts and municipalities. This brief presents an analysis of population growth and migration patterns over a ten-year period (2008 – 2018) and five-year period (2013 – 2018), and explains the significance and impact of population size on resource allocation, particularly the equitable share grant.
Implementing energy audits for municipalities through TVET students The USAID’s South African Low Emission Development Programme showcases a new approach to conducting energy audits in Polokwane Local Municipality with the technical support of electrical engineering students from the local TVET college. This approach not only uses less municipal resources but also enables municipalities to access a pool of trained energy auditors to support them with future energy audit projects.
City of Cape Town releases its draft Climate Change Strategy for comment The City's climate change strategy outlines the roadmap towards achieving resilience and carbon neutrality through adaptation and mitigation actions. The strategy consists of ten strategic focus areas and four cross-cutting work areas, addressing the aim of carbon neutrality by 2050 and preparing the City for climate change risks. This strategy is built on the principles of sustainability, social wellbeing, economic inclusion, collaboration and integration. Submit comments and queries only on the Have your Say website by 30 October 2020.
Practical guide on how to replace or repair motors in wastewater treatment plants GIZ-SAGEN and SALGA have developed a guide on how to reduce energy consumption in wastewater treatment plants, specifically through the maintenance and/or replacement of motors. The guide is accompanied by a set of posters for display in facilities to inform process controllers and maintenance staff and assist decision-makers on the value of motor repair and replacements.
Launch of the City Climate Finance Gap Fund The City Climate Finance Gap Fund aims to help bridge the urban financing gap to achieve low carbon, climate resilient urbanization pathways. It supports cities and local governments in preparing and prioritizing climate-smart plans and investments with the goal of attracting more financing and support for implementation.
Looking for information on sustainable energy? The Urban Energy Support website is an information portal of practical tools and guides to support the transition towards sustainable local energy development and a low-carbon trajectory for South Africa.
The African City Energy website is a resource to help those involved in sustainable energy challenges in urban areas of Sub-Saharan Africa.
Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) promotes equitable, low-carbon, clean energy development in urban South Africa and Africa. We do this through research, capacity building, policy engagement and information dissemination.