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Climate change<span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​What is climate change?​​​​​​​</h2></span> <p>Climate change is a global threat which has already caused significant economic, social and environmental impacts.</p><p>Capetonians are familiar with the impact due to the drought we experienced in recent years. But by working together, we reduced water use by 50% in record time, to avoid the worst. This kind of collaborative action is what we need to become more resilient, stronger and help reduce the impacts of climate change. ​</p> <span> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​How is climate change affecting Cape Town?​​​​​​​</h2></span> <h4>Our city is facing the following climatic changes:</h4><ul><li>Decreasing levels of average annual rainfall and changing seasonality of rainfall, which affects the amount of water we have access to. </li><li>An increase in the average annual temperature and increased maximum temperatures, which means an increase in hotter days, and more frequent and intense heat waves. </li><li>An increase in the average wind and maximum wind strength. </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/nature-and-outdoors/our-beaches-and-coast/sea-level-rise">Rising sea levels </a>and increased coastal erosion.</li></ul><h4>What we need to do to tackle climate change </h4><p>In support of the growing global momentum to tackle climate change, Cape Town, along with cities in South Africa and worldwide, has committed to achieving carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. Importantly, reducing global warming is key. </p><p>These necessary targets can only be reached through significant transitions in urban form, energy sources, transportation and resource efficiency. Key elements are cleaning up our sources of electricity, making the built environment more efficient and the electrification of transport.</p><h4>What is carbon neutrality?</h4><p>Carbon neutrality means introducing new technologies to clean up the fuels and activities that cause greenhouse gas emissions, while enhancing our social, economic and environmental goals. Read more about the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/City%20strategies%2c%20plans%20and%20frameworks/Carbon_Neutral_2050_Commitment.pdf" target="_blank">City’s Carbon Neutral 2050 commitment</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​What is the City doing?​​​​​​​</h2><p>We have committed to achieve carbon neutrality and climate resilience by 2050. Along with the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/City%20strategies%2c%20plans%20and%20frameworks/Climate_Change_Strategy.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Change Strategy</a>, the City is developing a Climate Change Action Plan that sets the pathway towards this goal. The Action Plan is in the process of being finalised and will be released during the second half of 2021. </p><p>The City has in place many programmes that support climate change adaptation, mitigation and climate resilience, and is working towards significantly growing these. </p><h4>Adaption</h4><p>In the adaptation and resilience work area, projects include: </p><ul><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/general/cape-town-water-strategy">developing our water resilience</a> </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Local%20and%20communities/Nature-and-the-community/Conserving-our-natural-heritage/Preserving-our-biodiversity">conserving our biodiversity</a> and <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/nature-and-outdoors/our-beaches-and-coast/conserving-our-coast">protecting coastal areas</a> </li><li>enabling appropriate nodal development through the adoption of a coastal urban edge</li></ul><h4>Mitigation </h4><p>To reduce our greenhouse gas emissions, our mitigation efforts include:</p><ul><li>building an efficient transport network</li><li>developing our own clean energy generation </li><li>driving energy efficiency in our own municipal operations </li><li>enabling small scale embedded generation (SSEG) </li><li>procuring energy from Independent Power Producers (IPPs) </li><li>shaping regulatory and incentive mechanisms to support net zero carbon buildings </li><li>waste reduction </li></ul><p>In an effort to lead by example, the City is reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. Over the last 10 years, the City’s energy efficiency in 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.</p><h4>Some highlights </h4><ul><li>60 City buildings retrofitted to make them more efficient </li><li>All traffic lights retrofitted with LED lights </li><li>563 kWp installed rooftop solar PV </li><li>34% of streetlights retrofitted</li></ul><div class="responsive-media"> <iframe width="1262" height="719" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/V8jVC7bgvZQ" title="YouTube video player" frameborder="0"></iframe> </div> <br> <h2 class="sectHeading">​​​​​​​​​​Let’s act for a stronger Cape Town​​​​​​​</h2><p>The City’s new climate change response and resilience campaign, Let’s ACT. For a stronger Cape Town, aims to enable and support residents, communities, businesses and organisations to take action for a stronger, healthier and more resilient Cape Town for all. The roll out of the campaign has begun in phases. </p><h4>Actions residents can take in their homes/workplaces: </h4><ul><li>Buy energy efficient appliances. </li><li>Buy sustainably produced and organic food where possible. Let their local shops know that they demand more sustainable products. </li><li>Change the light bulbs in the home to more energy efficient ones. </li><li>Empower colleagues with knowledge about sustainability and practical solutions in the office such as reducing paper printing. </li><li>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. </li><li>Invest in a <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/saving-electricity-at-home/going-solar">solar PV system or a solar water heater </a>and also save on electricity bills. </li><li>Plant indigenous water-wise plants and trees in the garden. </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/recycling-at-home/reduce-your-waste">Reduce, re-use and recycle</a>, including organic waste through home composting. </li><li>Reduce water usage in the home. </li><li> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/local%20and%20communities/community-building-and-upliftment/start-a-food-revolution/start-a-community-food-garden">Start or support a neighbourhood food garden</a>. </li><li>Switch off non-essential lights. </li><li>Teach children about living more sustainably. </li><li>Walk or cycle to the local shop. </li></ul><p>Join us and take action against climate change, for a stronger Cape Town. </p> <span> <div class="notification with-heading dark-copy light-blue bg-light-grey"><div class="graphic with-border"> <i class="info fastfact">​​</i></div><div class="desc"><h4>What is a carbon footprint?</h4><p> Your carbon footprint measures how much carbon dioxide, methane and other greenhouse gases you create depending on your lifestyle. The more waste you produce, the bigger your carbon footprint is. <strong>Remember:</strong> The manufacturing, packaging, transport and disposal of the products you use all produce greenhouse gases.</p></div></div></span> <h2 class="sectHeading">Resources</h2><h4>Smart Living Handbook</h4><p>To help you track your carbon footprint and make smarter choices in your daily life, we have created the <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/Procedures%2c%20guidelines%20and%20regulations/CCT_Smart_Living_Handbook.pdf" target="_blank">Smart Living Handbook</a>.</p><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Family%20and%20home/greener-living/why-go-green/make-smarter-living-choices">Find out how to make smarter living choices</a>.</p><h4>Cape Town Future Energy Festival</h4><p>Access interactive sustainable living information on the <a href="https://www.capetownfutureenergyfestival.co.za/" target="_blank">Cape Town Future Energy Festival website<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p><h4>Climate Change Strategy</h4><p>Read our <a href="https://resource.capetown.gov.za/documentcentre/Documents/City%20strategies%2c%20plans%20and%20frameworks/Climate_Change_Strategy.pdf" target="_blank">Climate Change Strategy</a> to find out how the City plans to respond to climate change and deal with its impacts.</p><h4>Driving change for all: EV technology</h4><p>We are moving towards a future transport system based on zero-emissions and primarily electrically powered vehicles. <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Explore%20and%20enjoy/transport-and-vehicles/greener-travel/electric-vehicles">Find out more about electric vehicles</a>.</p><h4>Save electricity</h4><p>You can save at least 10%-15% on your electricity bill by developing smart energy use habits in your home. <a href="https://savingelectricity.org.za/" target="_blank">Find out how to save electricity<i class="icon link-external"></i></a>.</p><h4>Media releases</h4><p> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Media-and-news#k=ipp">Access our media releases on independent power producers (IPP)</a>.</p><h2 class="sectHeading">Contact us</h2><h4> <a href="https://www.capetown.gov.za/Departments/Sustainable%20Energy%20Markets">Sustainable Energy Markets</a></h4><p> <strong>General enquiries</strong><br><em>Email:<br><a href="mailto:sustainableenergymarkets.enquiries@capetown.gov.za">sustainableenergymarkets.enquiries@capetown.gov.za</a> </em></p><p> <strong>Independent power producer enquiries</strong><br><em>Email:<br><a href="mailto:electricityipp.enquiries@capetown.gov.za">electricityipp.enquiries@capetown.gov.za</a></em></p>GP0|#2b074005-16cb-4f11-8ec1-7bd25282a035;L0|#02b074005-16cb-4f11-8ec1-7bd25282a035|Let's act against climate change;GTSet|#ef3a64a2-d764-44bc-9d69-3a63d3fadea1;GPP|#fd14169b-2553-46d9-8c82-378f4b6a2b98;GPP|#39d66b11-2134-4df5-8360-0bc5e66e8f4f;GPP|#245ec7aa-a528-4cd3-bcac-597c292db711;GP0|#07003ebc-5724-407c-bbe8-93b5d09cd1e4;L0|#007003ebc-5724-407c-bbe8-93b5d09cd1e4|Let's act against climate change;GPP|#b3955b01-8f2f-4856-bfec-be7c68d3bbe1;GPP|#d6c1debf-2fe6-4caf-8748-a5126af00c53;GPP|#e88ff549-973f-4e3c-a46c-cfbe61bd6a24Our decisions have an impact on the world we live in. 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