ENVIRONMENT: Cape Town Must Look To Green Buildings
Recent Western Cape Business News
Cape Town will have to invest in green buildings that dramatically limit energy consumption if it wants to overcome unreliable power supply in the future, members of business and the renewable energy sector heard at a recent sustainable energy forum.
Cape Town is heavily reliant on fossil fuels, mainly for electricity generation and transport energy. This is unsustainable in the medium and long term as these resources are limited, according to the City of Cape Town Energy and Climate Change Strategy.
Recognising the urgent need to create corporate awareness around the sustainable use of energy in Cape Town, business-led initiative Accelerate Cape Town, KPMG and environmental consultancy icologie hosted a discussion session at the KPMG offices. The event was attended by the managers and sustainability directors of some of the Western Cape’s top companies as well as PetroSA and Eskom.
Accelerate Cape Town chief executive Guy Lundy said judging by the large turnout at the event compared to similar meetings three years ago, when Accelerate Cape Town began engaging local business on the topic, it was clear business in Cape Town was finally starting to take the issue of energy efficiency and sustainability more seriously. It was important to continue creating awareness of these issues, Lundy said.
The City of Cape Town was paving the way for the rest of South Africa in addressing the energy efficiency of its buildings, icologie sustainability strategist Grace Stead said.
icologie and utility service company Shared Energy Management (SEM) are involved in the City of Cape Town’s new campaign to make its municipal buildings more energy efficient.
SEM project engineer Menno Sulsters said his company had alreay implemented a number of technical interventions at four municipal buildings in Cape Town and was also involved in awareness programmes for senior management and staff. A poster campaign around energy efficiency was also being launched in all municipal buildings.
“Our hope is not only to make these buildings more energy efficient. We also hope to establish behavioural change. We hope people will realise that if they can do this (save energy) at work, they can do the same at home,” Sulsters said.
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