Categories: Climate Change

by Gabriel Klaasen


Categories: Climate Change

by Gabriel Klaasen



Urban Energy News

Issue 23, October 2020
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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.

Building resilience in informal settlements
GreenCape has published a series of reports reflecting on building resilience in informal settlements. The Witsand case study discusses building resilient communities through innovation and partnership, such as through WiFi-enabled solar street lights. The Co-designing Resilient Urban Communities report discusses the concepts of community engagement and empowering communities to identify their own problems and participate in the co-design of local resilience. The Resilient Urbanism report discusses how the ‘data and domain’ approach can facilitate participatory co-design for urban resilience.

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.

Western Cape Government's 3rd biennial monitoring and evaluation report on climate change
This report highlights the progress of the implementation efforts towards achieving lower carbon development and increased resilience, as outlined in the Western Cape Climate Change Response Strategy 2014. It also provides recommendations and highlights opportunities for rapidly strengthening Western Cape stakeholders' climate change response.

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?
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The Small Scale Embedded Generation website (SSEG) is a resource portal of practical tools and guides for SSEG processes.

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