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City shines as first municipality to receive certificates for energy smart buildings<span><p><strong>The three City buildings that have received energy performance grading are: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">A municipal office block at 44 Wale Street in the Cape Town CBD: Grade C</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Omni Forum municipal office block in Kuils River with a photovoltaic system: Grade B</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">The Bellville Civic Centre on Voortrekker Road, which is a multi-purpose building providing office and community recreational facilities: Grade B</div></li></ul><p>‘Apart from being the first municipality in South Africa to achieve this, these City facilities are also the first non-school government buildings to receive certificates. Energy Performance Certificates indicate the amount of energy used in a building in kilowatt hour per square meter per year (kWh/m2/annum). It is then measured against a nationally regulated benchmark. This allows building owners to not only know how much energy their building uses, but also to compare this performance against other buildings of a similar type. <br></p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>‘Establishing this energy baseline is the first step to identifying how energy performance can be improved; leading to cost savings and a reduction of harmful carbon emissions associated with a building’s operation. It is therefore a valuable step towards achieving the Net Zero Carbon Municipal Buildings Target by 2030 and the broader city-wide ambition to be Carbon Neutral by 2050. </p><p>‘Successful climate action is to the benefit of our communities, our health and personal wellbeing. We encourage all residents, organisations, businesses and stakeholders to join the movement for climate action by taking steps in our operations and daily lives to reduce harmful emissions. Small actions can lead to big results. The City’s climate change response and resilience campaign, Let’s ACT. For a Stronger Cape Town aims to encourage residents, communities, businesses and organisations to take urgent climate action,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy and Climate Change, Councillor Phindile Maxiti. </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><span><p>National Government gazetted regulations on 8 December 2021 requiring all government buildings over 1 000 m2 within specific occupancy classes to publicly display an EPC within two years. The City has since introduced the EPC Compliance Initiative to ensure the implementation of these regulations, while also using this as an opportunity to bolster our building energy data collection systems through our state-of-the-art SmartFacility® platform. </p><p>With over 100 municipal buildings requiring an EPC in the Cape Town metro the EPC Compliance Initiative was designed to enhance collaboration across City departments and to reduce the time and cost associated with compliance. It is also important that the City walks the talk and helps to motivate all building owners to enhance energy efficiency. This two-part process provides an opportunity to test the methodology for EPC completion and to bring this learning in to the larger compliance process, while internal data collection continues.  </p> <figure class="subtopic-fullsize-img"> <img class="responsive" src="" alt="" style="width:1069px;" /> </figure></span><p><strong>Caption 1:</strong> 44 Wale Street, Cape Town: Moab Ngalimani, Senior Superintendent, Facilities Management Department</p><p><strong>Caption 2</strong>: Omni Forum, 94 Van Riebeeck Road, Kuils River: Zelda Appollis, Principal Facility Officer, Facilities Management Department</p><p><strong>Caption 3:</strong> Bellville Civic Centre, Voortrekker Road, Bellville: Rebecca Cameron, Senior Professional Officer: Net Zero Carbon Built Environment, Sustainable Energy Markets Department and Vernon Erasmus, Facility Manager: Buildings, Facilities Management Department<br> <br><strong>Actions residents can take in their homes/workplaces: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Start or support a neighbourhood food garden.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Reduce water usage in the home.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Change the light bulbs in the home to more energy efficient ones.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Switch off non-essential lights.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Buy energy efficient appliances. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Reduce, re-use and recycle, including organic waste through home composting.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Walk or cycle to the local shop.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Invest in a solar PV system or a solar water heater and also save on electricity bills.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Plant indigenous water-wise plants and trees in the garden.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Teach children about living more sustainably. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Investigate how their community, neighbourhood watch and church can get involved in climate and community action to make us all, and our city, more resilient.</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Empower colleagues with knowledge about sustainability and practical solutions in the office such as reducing paper printing. </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Buy sustainably produced and organic food where possible. Let their local shops know that they demand more sustainable products.  </div></li></ul><p>  <br><strong>What we need to do to tackle climate change</strong> <br>In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to working to achieve carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. Importantly, reducing global warming is key. These necessary targets can only be reached through significant transitions in urban form, energy sources, transportation and resource efficiency.<br><strong> </strong><br><strong>What is carbon neutrality?</strong><br>Carbon neutrality means introducing new technologies to clean up the fuels and activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions and global warming, while enhancing our social, economic and environmental goals. Read more about the City’s Carbon Neutral  2050 commitment.<br> <br><strong>What is the City doing?</strong><br>The City has in place a range of programmes that support climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate resilience, and is working towards significantly growing these. </p><p><strong>Adaptation</strong><br><strong>In the adaptation and resilience work area, projects include: </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">developing our water resilience</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">conserving our biodiversity and protecting coastal areas</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">enabling appropriate nodal development through the adoption of a coastal urban edge</div></li></ul><p> <br><strong>Mitigation </strong><br><strong>To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, our mitigation efforts include:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">driving energy efficiency in our own municipal operations</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">shaping regulatory and incentive mechanisms to support net zero carbon buildings</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">developing our own clean energy generation </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">procuring energy from Independent Power Producers (IPPs)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">enabling small scale embedded generation (SSEG)</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">waste reduction</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">building an efficient transport network</div></li></ul><p> <br>Over the last 10 years, the City’s energy efficiency in the municipal operations programme has saved over 231 GWh of electricity. This is enough electricity to power 35 clinics over 10 years and translates into 229 035 tons of avoided carbon emissions.<br> <br><strong>Some highlights </strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">60 City buildings retrofitted to make them more efficient</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">All traffic lights retrofitted with LED lights</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">563 kWp installed rooftop solar</div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">34% of streetlights retrofitted</div></li></ul><p><strong> </strong><br><strong>For more information, see these resources:</strong></p><ul><li><div style="text-align:left;">Climate change: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Make your office smarter: <a href="" target="_blank"></a>  </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Save electricity: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> </div></li><li><div style="text-align:left;">Smart Living Handbook: <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div></li></ul><p><br><strong>End</strong></p><span>​​</span><span>​​</span><span>​​</span>2021-09-15T22:00:00ZGP0|#1d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70;L0|#01d539e44-7c8c-4646-887d-386dc1d95d70|City news;GTSet|#62efe227-07aa-45e7-944c-ceebacca891dGP0|#dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7;L0|#0dfdcb4f5-2ec2-4bd4-9a9f-3086ef5830a7|energy;GTSet|#2e3de6c1-9951-4747-8f53-470629a399bb;GP0|#64cbcded-2450-464f-b1ec-c0f303bcd4a4;L0|#064cbcded-2450-464f-b1ec-c0f303bcd4a4|Climate change;GP0|#58287e80-5989-49d9-ad4f-9a060f5e0934;L0|#058287e80-5989-49d9-ad4f-9a060f5e0934|solar10


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