Sustainable Energy

This research study analysed cities’ climate change resilience relating to food security, transportation and water provision, through three case studies: the City of Johannesburg, Mangaung Metropolitan Municipality and Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality (EMM). The study links climate change issues at a municipal level to the daily operations of the cities with regards to service delivery and achieving the goals set out in these cities’ planning documents.
·         Synthesis report
·         Short report

This study was commissioned to establish the energy  savings  potential  that  can  be  realised  from  energy  efficiency  (EE)  interventions  in  municipal  facilities
and operations in its nine member cities.
·         Short Report
·         Full Report

On 17 July 2009, the SACN convened a Sustainable Energy Seminar that examined waste-to-energy through biogas.

Energy generation through biogas offers one option of addressing the challenge of waste management and increasing energy prices. Used extensively in China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, waste-to-energy through biogas offers a way of dealing with waste in an integrated and sustainable way. The seminar's objectives were:

  • To launch the SACN’s toolkit on Waste-to-Energy through Biogas.
  • To explore biogas generation strategies, and share experiences of applying these strategies in South African cities.
  • To develop a common understanding of the challenges associated with implementing biogas generation projects and the operational and regulatory responses that can address these in the future

Agenda
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Presentations:

The job creation potential in biogas generation
The role of local government in implementing biogas projects
Biogas generation case studies
Introducing the energy from waste (biogas) toolkit & feasibility model
Biogas in the renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT)
Green fuels for public transport in South Africa

ON 17 July 2009, the SACN convened a Sustainable cities seminar on waste-to-energy through biogas.

Waste management and pollution are priority municipal urban environmental management challenges. Space for landfill sites has become scarce and communities object to the establishment of new sites. Incineration is not popular as a waste management strategy as civil society objects to the potential for introducing airborne pollution and additional toxins. As more people become connected to the main sewage systems of the city, the capacity of existing sewage treatment works is being placed under strain; many townships have poorly designed systems that result in sewage spills. Cities need to find a way to deal with waste in an integrated and sustainable way.

Another problem facing the cities is the vulnerability of their economies, and of their poorest citizens, to increases in energy prices. With developing countries now increasingly required to play a part in mitigating the risk of climate change, it is difficult to discuss increased energisation without also talking about a reduction in greenhouse gases. Many poor people are forced to use the most polluting sources of energy: coal, paraffin and firewood. The South African government has outlined renewable energy and climate change responses, and implementation actions are now required. One option used extensively in China, Nepal, Bangladesh and Pakistan, in particular, is energy generation through biogas.

Agenda

Presentations:

The job creation potential in biogas generation
The role of local government in implementing biogas projects
Biogas generation case studies
Introducing the energy from waste (biogas) toolkit & feasibility model
Biogas in the renewable energy feed-in tariff (REFIT)
Green fuels for public transport in South Africa in South Africa
Attendance Register
Click here for more: Waste to energy publication toolkit

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