Aug 23, 2011
Durban unveils low-carbon road map ahead of climate gatheringBack
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The report was commissioned by the eThekwini municipality and provides 12 strategic recommendations, as well as sector-specific recommendations for Durban to transition to a low-carbon city.
The eThekwini municipality recognises that urgent attention should be given to the industrial and transport sectors, as these are the major greenhouse-gas emitters in the city.
It was recommended that eThekwini municipality extend its focus on energy efficiency in municipal buildings to the broader built environment in the city. Energy efficiency in buildings is often hailed as the ‘low-hanging fruit’ in the low-carbon transition process, as actions can be implemented more easily than in other sectors such as transport.
Transitioning to a low-carbon city in the face of high levels of unemployment and the need for economic development was addressed in the report by emphasising the need to shift to a green economy.
There was a need to integrate mitigation and adaptation activities across the municipality, because traditionally, mitigation and adaptation activities have developed separately in cities, frequently residing in different municipal departments.
“This marks another important step in Durban’s journey to becoming a climate smart city. A city in which a low-carbon, green economy provides opportunities for both climate change mitigation and adaptation and fosters a new form of urban development that ensures ecological integrity and human well being,” said eThekwini Environmental Planning and Climate Protection deputy head Debra Roberts.
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