Today, the City of Tshwane launched its Climate Action Plan under the theme, A net-zero carbon and climate-resilient city by 2050. The City of Tshwane is committed to addressing climate change impacts and reducing its greenhouse gas emissions. To fulfil this commitment, the City has invested significant efforts in developing this Climate Action Plan, which aims to achieve a net-zero carbon future by 2050 and to build the resilience of our people, economy and natural environment to the current and future climate.
The City of Tshwane is among the cities around the world that pledged to work on an action plan aimed at tackling climate change and addressing inequality and economic exclusion among disadvantaged communities.
Global efforts to reduce emissions acknowledge the historical causes of climate change and the fact that its consequences are being borne by those who have not contributed to these causes. Therefore, the City supports the calls for climate justice and for the provision of resources to protect vulnerable communities and persons. The City has invested its efforts in promoting climate justice and reducing social vulnerability, and will continue to do so.
Executive Mayor of Tshwane, Alderman Randall Williams, said: "In the preparation for the Tshwane Climate Action Plan, we have taken an evidence-based approach and commissioned the identification of climate risk zones in the updating of our climate risk and vulnerability assessment. These are areas that experience one or more climate-related hazards which could be worsened by the presence of various social or environmental stresses."
He said that the plan crafts and directs actions to the climate risk zones with a view to "reduce the impact of the hazards or to build the coping capacity for the affected communities".
As the capital city of South Africa, Tshwane hosts many such potential partners, including embassies and donor organisations, research organisations, private sector companies (some of which are striving to achieve global targets) and non-profit organisations. All of these have indicated their willingness to collaborate with the City on a variety of initiatives that will contribute to achieving the goals of this Climate Action Plan.