• Sustainable Cities

Sustainable Cities

Generally, urban sustainability is defined as an urban form of development that meets the needs of the present without sacrificing the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. It is characterised by low ecological footprint, lowest quantity of pollution possible, efficient use of land, recycling and re-use of  materials and conversion of waste to energy.

Cities of the future will work very differently if their plans take into account the sustainable use of finite resources. South African cities can achieve sustainable development by taking collective climate action, regulating assertively what is built (and how) and investing in public transport. 

SACN's Sustainable Cities programme looks at urban sustainability and development, and how cities impact the limited reserves of non-renewable resources. The focus is on areas that affect the quality and cost of living in urban centres: sustainable energy, waste management, water management and climate change.


Sustainable Cities Programme Overview


Cities and Climate Change Brochure




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