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Urban-LEDS project implementation: South Africa

The project Urban-LEDS is being implemented in South Africa by the ICLEI Africa Secretariat in partnership with UN-Habitat.

After a call for Expression of Interest (EOIs) in which a total of thirteen cities in South Africa participated two Model Cities – Steve Tshwete and KwaDukuza and five Satellite Cities were selected to participate in the Urban-LEDS project. 

  • Agreements were signed with the seven cities selected.
  • The national project launch took place on 26 February in Ekurhuleni, South Africa at an event where over 45 representatives from national, provincial, and local government, research organisations, NGO’s and the private sector took part. [read more]
  • Baseline analysis reports:  The baseline analysis reports are being finalized. They contain the results of the Greenhouse gas inventory, staff awareness questionnaire, existing actions and policy review for each of the two model municipalities. The report provides an evidence base which will be used to design Urban-LED strategies and action plans.
  • Futures scenario planning: The two model municipalities are currently undergoing an exciting and participatory process to design optimal low-carbon future growth and development scenarios. In early 2014, the municipalities will backcast from their preferred low-carbon and prosperous possible 2030 future to determine what they will need to do in 2025, 2020 and 2015 in order to reach their goals.
  • Municipal training: A recent national training workshop took place during the Local Climate Solutions for Africa Congress (LOCS) in which project municipalities used a tool to identify low-carbon interventions that would also boost the overall sustainability (in terms of ecological footprint and Human Development Index) of specific neighbourhoods in two selected municipalities. The practical workshop explored how to take an integrated approach to promoting low-carbon development in the built environment. [read more]

National Project Advisory Group

First Project Advisory Group meeting - 4 September 2013

The following organizations have been invited to be represented on the Project Advisory Group:

Formal project partners

European Commission SA

UN-HABITAT SA

National government

Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA)

Department of Energy (DoE)

Department of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs (COGTA)

National Treasury

SANEDI/REEEP

Local government

SALGA

SACN

City of Cape Town

eThekwini Municipality

1-2 municipal representatives on behalf of all 7 Urban-LEDS municipalities (rotating)

NGOs

Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA)

Academic

Energy Research Centre

Business / financing institutions

National Business Institute (NBI)

Development Bank of South Africa (DBSA)

GIZ

2015

Learnings from the Urban LEDS project

Published: October 2015 

ICLEI Africa released a brochure demonstrating learnings from the recent Urban-LEDS: from 2012 to 2015 ICLEI Africa helped strengthen the transition to a low-carbon future in 7 municipalities in South Africa through strategy formulation, leadership development, technical training, demonstration projects, community involvement, and peer-to-peer learning. The brochure is also an invitation to partner with ICLEI.

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Urban-LEDS Exhibition Poster of KwaDukuza (2015)

Published: April 2015

Poster detailing the status of Low Emission Development progress in the project city as of March 2015. Exhibited at the ICLEI World Congress (Seoul, R. of Korea, 8-12 April 2015), and at the 2nd Urban-LEDS International City Networking Seminar (Bogor, Indonesia, May 2015).

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Urban-LEDS Exhibition Poster of Steve Tshwete (2015)

Published: April 2015

Poster detailing the status of Low Emission Development progress in the project city as of March 2015. Exhibited at the ICLEI World Congress (Seoul, R. of Korea, 8-12 April 2015), and at the 2nd Urban-LEDS International City Networking Seminar (Bogor, Indonesia, May 2015).

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Promotional video for KwaDukuza Municipality made as part of the Urban-LEDS project:

Come Discover KwaDukuza Municipality!

2014

LED actions in KwaDukuza Municipality

Published: December 2014 as part of the Cities in Action Brochure

Detailing the status of the implementation of LEDS in KwaDukuza Municipality as of December 2014. Featuring the City's first GHG inventory. 

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ICLEI CityTalk Blog Post on KwaDukuza (02 Oct. 2014):

Putting community at the center, KwaDukuza develops a low-carbon vision for 2030

ICLEI CityTalk Blog Post on KwaDukuza (23 Nov. 2014):

8 Days to Lima: South African Municipalities Forge Ahead

LED actions in Steve Tshwete Municipality

Published: December 2014 as part of the Cities in Action Brochure

Detailing the status of the implementation of LEDS in Steve Tshwete Municipality as of December 2014. Featuring the City's first GHG inventory. 

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Urban-LEDS project country poster: South Africa 2014 in review

Check South Africa's latest poster on their participating cities' achievements. With many links to local resources to explore and learn!

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Scenario cartoons for the KwaDukuza Community

House of WealthUmuzi Wengcebo: The most desired future growth and development scenario in KwaDukuza: collaboratively created by the people of KwaDukuza.

 

Scenario cartoons for the KwaDukuza Community

House of Poverty, Umuzi Wobubha: The most undesired future growth and development scenario in KwaDukuza: collaboratively created by the people of KwaDukuza.

Urban-LEDS project country poster: South Africa 2013 in review

Published: March 2014

Interactive poster which provides an overview of the status of the Urban-LEDS project in South Africa through 2013, while providing links to further details about each milestone.

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Urban-LEDS project country brochure: An Integrated Approach to Low Emission Development in South African Municipalities

Published: March 2014

Brochure which provides an introductory overview of the activities, approaches and tools used in South Africa under Urban-LEDS project. Also includes project highlights to date.

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2013

Urban-LEDS project city poster: KwaDakuza Municipality

Published: November 2013

Poster detailing the status of the Urban-LEDS project in KwaDakuza Municipality as of November 2013.  Created for the 1st Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar, hosted 27-29 November 2013 by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Urban-LEDS project city poster: Saldanha Bay Municipality

Published: November 2013

Poster detailing the status of the Urban-LEDS project in Saldanha Bay Municipality as of November 2013.  Created for the 1st Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar, hosted 27-29 November 2013 by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Urban-LEDS project city poster: Sol Plaatje Municipality

Published: November 2013

Poster detailing the status of the Urban-LEDS project in Sol Plaatje Municipality as of November 2013.  Created for the 1st Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar, hosted 27-29 November 2013 by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Urban-LEDS project city poster: Steve Tshwete Municipality

Published: November 2013

Poster detailing the status of the Urban-LEDS project in Steve Tshwete Municipality as of November 2013.  Created for the 1st Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar, hosted 27-29 November 2013 by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Urban-LEDS project city poster: uMhlathuze Municipality

Published: November 2013

Poster detailing the status of the Urban-LEDS project in uMhlathuze Municipality as of November 2013.  Created for the 1st Urban-LEDS International Networking Seminar, hosted 27-29 November 2013 by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality.

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Infographic: Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality energy profile

Published: February 2015

Visual overview of the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality's urban energy profile

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Infographic: KwaDakuza Municipality energy profile

Published: November 2013

Visual overview of the KwaDakuza Municipality's urban energy profile

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Infographic: Steve Tshwete Municipality energy profile

Published: November 2013

Visual overview of the Steve Tshwete Municipality's urban energy profile

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Press release

Published: February 2013

South African municipalities commit towards taking action for a sustainable urban energy future

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South Africa in numbers

Population

51190000 (2012)

Population density

42 hab/km2

% living in urban areas

0.62

% living in poverty

52.3%

Human Development Index (HDI)

0.629 (2012)

Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita

7,508 USD (2012)

GINI index

63.1 (2009)

No. ICLEI Member local governments

20 (2013)

Primary energy sources distribution

Coal: 61%
Oil: 25%
Biomass: 9%
Gas: 2%
Nuclear: 2%
Hydro: 1%

Annual energy consumption

2627 million GJ (2008)

National GHG emissions

560 MtCO2e (2010)

Contribution to global GHG emissions

International ranking as GHG emitter

14th (2008)

Governance structure

Local governments

278 municipalities (226 local municipalities, 44 district municipalities and 8 metropolitan municipalities) (2013)

Regional governments

9 provinces

Key governmental institutes for Local Governments

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

National associations for local governments

South African Local Government Association (SALGA)

Climate action

Local climate action and energy legislation

National Climate Change Response White Paper (2011), South Africa's Climate Change Allies (2011?), National Action Plan on Climate Change

National climate initiatives for local governments

Energy Efficiency Demand Side Management Program (EEDSM) Funding grant

National GHG commitments

 

  • National Climate Change Response White Paper, outlining policies, principles and strategies the country will use to respond to climate change
  • Committed to an emissions trajectory that peaks at 34% below BAU trajectory in 2020 and 40% in 2025, remains stable for around a decade, and declines thereafter in absolute terms
  • National Action Plan on Climate Change aims to reduce the emissions intensity of its GDP 20-25% by 2020 (from 2005 levels). Does not include emissions from agriculture.

 

UNFCCC status

Signatory (15 June 1993)
Ratified (29 August 1997)

Kyoto Protocol status

Ratified (31 July 2002)

Cities reporting to carbonn Cities Climate Registry

  • Buffalo City
  • Cape Town
  • Durban
  • Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
  • Johannesburg
  • Nelson Mandela Bay
  • Sol Plaatje
  • Tshwane

Mexico City Pact signatory cities

  • Cape Town (21 November 2010)
  • Cape Winelands (21 November 2010)
  • Dr JS Moroko (21 November 2010)
  • Johannesburg (21 November 2010)
  • Matlosana (21 November 2010)
  • Sol Plaatje (17 June 2012)

Durban Adaptation Charter signatory cities

270+