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South Africa aims for ‘zero carbon’ buildings in green push


CAPE TOWN (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Bulelwa Makalima-Ngewana knows how much cash going green can save.

Four years ago, after signing up for “My Green Home” – an effort by the Green Building Council of South Africa to make buildings more energy efficient – her family saw their house in the middle-class suburb of Pinelands retrofitted with energy saving LED lights, low-flow showerheads and roof-top solar panels, as well as winter insulation.

As part of the green makeover, the family also learned to cut their energy use by hanging laundry out to dry rather than using a tumble dryer, switching off appliances that aren’t being used, and switching to washing laundry with cold water.

“My children were very excited as we got to do this as a family,” Makalima-Ngewana, a consultant…

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Nine African cities join C40 Cities and commit to reaching zero carbon by 2050 | Inhabitat


Nine cities across Africa, a continent vulnerable to climate change, are taking action. Recently, these cities pledged to deliver their share of carbon emissions reductions to hit Paris Agreement goals. The cities, several of which are major capitals, aim to reach zero carbon economies in just over 30 years.

Transportation, waste management and energy production are among the sectors African cities will tackle to lower emissions — and some cities have already started working toward their goals, Read More

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Nine African Cities Plan to Go Zero Carbon by 2050


Lagos, Nigeria.
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African cities are stepping up to the plate on climate action. Cities throughout the massive continent know how far-reaching and severe the impacts of rising temperatures will be, so they’re not standing down.

Nine cities—including Tshwane, South Africa; Dar es Salaam, Tanzania; and Lagos, Nigeria—pledged this week to achieve “zero carbon” economies by 2050, according to Reuters. That means either absolutely no carbon emissions, or offsetting a small amount of emissions by perhaps planting trees or investing in renewables. Waste management, transportation, and buildings are just some of the areas cities must focus on to reduce their emissions levels.

This effort coincides with their respective countries’ attempts to meet the goals set forth in the Paris climate…

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African cities commit to reaching zero carbon by 2050


At a meeting in Nigeria this week, nine African cities pledged to cut carbon emissions to zero within the next three decades.

The cities include major Africa capitals and urban centres, such as Accra, Cape Town, Lagos, and Johannesburg.

Adjei Sowah, Mayor of Accra, said his city’s citizens are “becoming more aware” of the impacts of climate change.

Despite all countries in Africa having signed the Paris climate agreement, progress has been slow in making the transition to a low-carbon economy. Much of the world’s future population growth is estimated to take place on the continent, making climate action an even greater priority.

“We cannot ignore the implications of what will befall us if we do not act now… Part of the actions we need, is the creation of a…

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Africa’s big carbon emitters admit they have a problem


AN HOUR east of Johannesburg, on the rolling highveld plains, six massive cooling towers sit around two belching smokestacks. The Kendal power station (pictured) is among the world’s largest, producing 4.1 gigawatts (GW) from burning coal. A few kilometres down the road there is another coal-fired plant, Duvha, which is only slightly smaller. An even bigger one, Kusile, is under construction next door.

When sub-Saharan Africa comes up in discussions of climate change, it is almost invariably in the context of adapting to the consequences, such as worsening droughts. That makes sense. The region is responsible for just 7.1% of the world’s greenhouse-gas emissions, despite being home to 14% of its people. Most African countries do not emit much carbon dioxide. Yet there are some notable…

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Carbon Credits Serve up Clean Cooking Options for West African Farmers


Some households in Burkina Faso, a landlocked country in western Africa, are breathing easier this week. A program that helps farmers install biodigesters in their homes just issued its first UN-certified carbon credits, expanding cleaner cooking in rural areas.

Cooking with biogas generated by the digesters – installed by private companies supported through the World Bank’s Carbon Initiative for Development (Ci-Dev) – reduces this pollution, while also cutting greenhouse gas emissions, combatting deforestation, and improving the livelihoods of farmers. 

Here’s how it works: biodigesters are enclosed structures where bacteria break down dung from farm animals or food waste to generate methane gas. This gas rises to the top of the biodigester dome and is then piped to a cooking…

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