South Africa Buildings Programme, C40 cities, launched in Tshwane, aspires to make zero carbon buildings standard practice across South African cities including Tshwane, Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban. The mayors of these cities collaborated to introduce requirements ensuring all new buildings are energy efficient, cutting electricity bills and greenhouse gas emissions.
More than 70% of South Africans are expected to be living in cities by 2030, according to C40.
The gathering included representatives from C40’s global network including individuals from Boston, Chicago, Copenhagen, Los Angeles, Mexico City and Rio de Janeiro.
The growing population comes with increased demand for housing, commercial buildings, office space, schools, hospitals and other buildings and all new buildings must meet high energy performance if the cities and South Africa as a whole will deliver on its commitments to the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
The C40 South Africa Buildings Programme will support these cities to move sustainable, energy-efficient new building to scale to become the new standard practice.
It is reported that C40 in partnership with Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) will be supporting the city with skilled technical staff.


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