ENERGY EFFICIENCY

Our cities are high energy consumption nodes in the country. Indications are that without intervention, South African cities’ energy consumption is set to double in the next 20 or so years. This is a challenge, but also a vital opportunity for cities to shift to a more sustainable energy path. The first step is to meet our energy needs with the ‘best’ energy service available: energy efficiency. This includes thermally efficient buildings, efficient water heating and ventilation, efficient industrial motors, community awareness and behaviour changes, as well as new planning approaches to urban development.

Energy Efficiency

Our cities are high energy consumption nodes in the country. Indications are that without intervention, South African cities’ energy consumption is set to double in the next 20 or so years. This is a challenge, but also a vital opportunity for cities to shift to a more sustainable energy path. The first step is to meet our energy needs with the ‘best’ energy service available: energy efficiency. This includes thermally efficient buildings, efficient water heating and ventilation, efficient industrial motors, community awareness and behaviour changes, as well as new planning approaches to urban development.

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CLEER Tool: Simplifying Greenhouse Gas Calculations

The CLEER Tool is a user-friendly calculator based on internationally-accepted methodologies, enabling users to calculate emissions reduced or avoided from clean energy activities. (USAID SA Low Emissions Development Program, 2017)

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Gamagara Enforcing Energy Efficiency in New Buildings

This case study explores regulating energy efficiency in all new buildings. It covers the benefits of energy efficiency in buildings to both building owners and the municipality, as well as a short, easy-to-read overview of the SANS 10400-XA requirements. (GIZ, SALGA, 2015)

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Review of Best Practise Solar Water Heating Implementation by Local Government

Through a series of interviews with municipal staff, suppliers and installers, this review explores the experience of solar water heater roll-out to low-income households from a municipal perspective, considering the process from pre-installation through to post-installation and maintenance. A set of best practice recommendations are provided. (GIZ, SEA, 2015)

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Energy Efficiency Planning for Local Government: Spreadsheet Tool

An Excel spreadsheet tool that provides a simple analysis of energy savings impacts, capital costs, payback times and emissions savings from the implementation of established efficiency interventions within municipal operations (street and traffic lighting, vehicle fleet, wastewater treatment and bulk water, etc.). (SEA and SACN, 2015)

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State of Energy in South African Cities 2015

This report examines the sustainable energy development path of 18 key cities in South Africa. For the first time, data from over a decade provides the opportunity to track changes and identify possible trends emerging in the sustainable development of cites, particularly the metros (SEA, 2015).

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