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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SALGA Toolkit: Financing Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy

This toolkit aims to empower all municipalities in South Africa with the knowledge and a set of practical tools to assist them in effectively raising the funds needed to implement energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. The toolkit is in draft format for comment by municipalities. (SALGA, 2014)

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SALGA Guideline on Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in Municipal Water and Wastewater Infrastructure

This Guideline provides a resource for municipal officials that addresses (1) the process in assessing and planning energy consumption reduction in water and wastewater infrastructure in a cost-effective manner, (2) how to choose the right energy efficiency technologies, and (3) cost-effective options for generating renewable energy from water and wastewater infrastructure. The guide is in draft format for comment by municipalities. (SALGA, 2014)

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National Norms and Standards for Low-Income Housing

A letter from the National Department of Human Settlements on the new national norms and standards for the construction of thermally efficient stand-alone residential dwellings and the increase in the housing subsidy to implement these norms and standards. (National Department of Human Settlements, 2014)

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Impact of Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency on Municipal Revenue: Spreadsheet Tool

This spreadsheet tool can be used by municipalities to calculate the potential revenue losses over a 10-year period as a result of renewable energy and energy efficiency implementation across the municipal area. The instructions on the use of this tool can be found in the “Guide on Municipal Revenue Impact from Renewable and Energy Efficiency Tools” available for download on this webpage. (Sustainable Energy Africa, 2013)

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Guide to HVAC and Lighting Efficiency in Commercial Buildings

This simple guide offers an overview of energy efficiency design and management interventions relating to heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) and lighting in the commercial building sector. The information may be applicable to offices, large retail space or public buildings. (Carbon Energy Africa, Sustainable Energy Africa, 2013)

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