Climate action planning in the City of Tshwane has stepped
up a gear as its officials and stakeholders deliberate on climate actions for a
carbon-neutral and climate-resilient city.
On Tuesday, 8 September 2020, an online action prioritisation workshop
was held with various stakeholders as part of the City’s process
to develop a climate action plan (CAP) – a plan that will transition Tshwane to
become climate-resilient and carbon-neutral by 2050.
the last six years, the City Sustainability Unit has laid the foundation for
the development and implementation of a CAP designed to create a city that is
carbon-neutral and climate-resilient. The process started by focussing on the
evidence to substantiate a response to climate change. This included a greenhouse
gas emissions inventory, which is an annual undertaking to determine the
sources and quantities of greenhouse gas emissions as a way of determining
actions to reduce these emissions. It also involved a climate risk and vulnerability
assessment to determine climate risks by examining the nexus of social and
economic vulnerabilities, climate hazards and exposure, thus determining the
measures to mitigate these risks.
response strategy was finalised in 2017. It crafted ten strategic outcomes to
drive Tshwane’s transition to carbon-neutrality and climate-resilience. The
development of a CAP was the next logical step and, through the City’s
membership of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, the City was assigned
technical support to facilitate a City-owned process that would ensure full
ownership and buy-in of the CAP.
development of the CAP has been a very consultative process and the framing of
climate actions was scientifically informed.
are shaping the climate actions to align with their departmental realities,
creating the very ownership to ensure the successful implementation of the CAP.
The City Sustainability Unit has also ensured that there is alignment between
the development of the CAP and national and provincial processes to ensure that
local government plays its part in climate response and promoting climate
C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group is supporting the City in the development of
its plan to ensure that it is based on a solid scientific foundation and
mindful of the context in which climate actions are expected to be implemented.
A C40 CAP advisor is based at the City’s City Sustainability Unit.
Energy Africa provides the City with technical support in relation to
mitigation planning. It supports the City’s Green Buildings Programme and has a
delegate based in the City Sustainability Unit as the C40 new buildings programme
for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) is the City’s technical partner in
the adaptation planning component, and is doing cutting-edge work in this