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Environmental Management

Some initiatives within the City of Tshwane

  • Development of the Green Buildings Incentive Scheme and Bylaws.
  • Solar water heaters installations in Olievenhoutbosch and Winterveldt.
  • 500 liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) bottles were distributed in Winterveldt.
  • More than eight kilometres of bicycle lanes were constructed in Atteridgeville.
  • Plans for the development of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) are at the advanced stage.
  • Streetlights are fitted with energy-saving bulbs on refurbishment.
  • The feasibility study has been completed to generate electricity from land-fill gas.
  • Traffic lights are being retrofitted with light emitting diodes (LEDs).
  • There are five permanent and eight street boxes of air quality monitoring stations.
  • Retrofitting of municipal buildings with energy-efficient and renewable energy technologies installations.

Sustainable energy information

Sustainable energy and climate change

Alternative energy sources that can replace coal-generated electricity, include — amongst others — solar energy, wind energy, biogas and landfill gas.

There are numerous initiatives in which the City of Tshwane's Agriculture and Environmental Management Department has played a role. These include:

  • Replacing 3 665 street light bulbs with energy- saving bulbs.
  • Providing a stand at the Pretoria Show to educate people on renewable energy and energy-efficiency technologies.
  • Retrofitting lights and installing solar water geysers in Mini Munitoria in Atteridgeville and Balebogeng Primary School in Mamelodi.
  • Promoting the use of liquefied petroleum gas in 500 households in Winterveldt.
  • Constructing bicycle lanes in Atteridgeville.
  • Installing solar water geysers in Winterveldt, Rosslyn and Olievenhoutbosch.

The City of Tshwane's Agriculture and Environmental Management Department is also an active participant in both national and international collaborations on sustainability, including:

  • Partnering with other South African cities in the Sustainable Energy for Environment and Development programme (
  • A member of the South African Cities Network (
  • A member of the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (
  • A partner in the Mega City of Gauteng's research-based EnerKey programme (
  • Collaborating with the City of Basel in Switzerland to develop a Clean Development Mechanism project on low-income housing (

The SEED Programme

The Sustainable Energy and Climate Change (SEED) programme is part of the Environmental Management Division of the City of Tshwane, and started in 2003 when the Municipality was invited to participate in the SEED programme initiated by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA), a non government organisation (NGO) based in Cape Town.

The SEED programme aims to encourage the integration of sustainable energy and environment concerns into urban development in South Africa.

The Sustainable Energy for Tshwane (SET) Committee, formed in 2004, is made up of all the departments of the City of Tshwane.

The departments — whose activities and functions have energy implications — have a particularly important role to play: if they make sustainable energy objectives part of their activities and functions, they can help save energy and money while delivering a service that improves local residents' quality of life, and maintaining global environmental integrity.

The City of Tshwane developed a Sustainable Energy and Climate Change Action Plan which was approved as a corporate function by the Council.

The development of the action plan was anchored on five pillars, namely:

  • Inclusive city — meeting of social needs, which include access, reliability and affordability of energy resources.
  • Productive city — energy consumption in relation to level of development (economic) and creation of employment to alleviate poverty.
  • Mobility and accessibility — mode of transportation (when moving goods and services).
  • Sustainability — level of emissions resulting from energy generation.
  • Well-governed city — efficient use of natural resources.

For more information, contact the Environmental Management Division at 012 358 8714 or fax 012 358 8934

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