Energy Efficiency

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Joe Slovo settlement (picture by Bablu Virinder Singh)
Our cities are high energy consumption nodes in the country. The 17 biggest cities forming the economic backbone of the country consume close to 50% of the country's energy, while only occupying 4% of the land area. Indications are that without intervention, South African city energy consumption is set to double in the next 20 or so years. This is a challenge, but also a vital opportunity for cities to shift to a more sustainable energy path. The first step is meet our energy needs with the 'best' energy service available i.e. being energy efficient. This includes thermally efficient buildings, efficient water heating and ventilation, water consumption reduction, efficient industrial motors, community awareness and behaviour change as well new planning approaches to urban development.

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