New ‘green’ building initiative set to cut electricity bills


Today saw the launch in Tshwane by climate leadership group C40 of a new initiative to make zero carbon buildings standard practice across South Africa.

In terms of the programme, the mayors of Tshwane, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban will introduce requirements to ensure all new buildings are energy efficient in order to cut electricity bills and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

Energy used to power, heat and operate buildings accounts for more than 25% of GHG emissions produced by South African cities and with more than 70% of South Africans expected to be living in cities by 2030, this will increase dramatically.

“With growing urban populations comes increased demand for housing, commercial buildings, office space, schools, hospitals and other buildings,” said C40 executive director, Mark Watts. “Ensuring these new buildings meet high-efficiency energy performance requirements will be crucial if cities and South Africa as a whole are to deliver on commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.”


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