What is the City of Cape Town doing?
The City is hard at work finding ways to help residents and businesses minimise the impact of constrained supply, and move towards more affordable, secure and sustainable energy.
Here are some of the programmes implemented by the City:
- Assist low-income residents e.g. installing ceilings in older subsidy homes
- Motivate high-income residents to use less e.g. electricity saving campaign
- Help the commercial sector become more efficient e.g. the Energy Efficiency Forum
- Enable residents and businesses to sell electricity back to the grid
- Generate electricity from alternative and renewable sources
- Train teachers, school children, businesses and community groups on energy efficiency
- Improve the load-shedding schedule
- Set up curtailment schemes
The City is doing its best to lead by example with energy efficiency and renewable energy in our own buildings and operations. To date it has:
- Retrofitted many inefficient buildings
- Upgraded traffic lights and streetlights e.g. all traffic intersections across Cape Town now have super-efficient LED lights
- Trained facilities' managers in energy management
- Trained hundreds of employees on energy efficiency
These projects continue to be implemented, extending the reach and benefits. So far the City is saving about R25 million per annum, and these savings will increase as we do more and electricity tariffs increase. This means more money freed up for service delivery.
The complete Energy and Climate Action Plan is laid out in the City’s 2011 Moving Mountains Report, and see the more recent Cape Town Energy 2040 Vision, which has associated goals e.g. reducing overall carbon emissions by 37% by 2040.