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Comment on City's Draft New Buildings Green Policy

​EThekwini Municipality’s New Buildings Green Policy is open for public comment. Public meetings are being held at the uThongathi Community Hall on 10 November and at  thePinetown Civic Centre on 13 November at 10am.

Dr Magash Naidoo, from the Energy Office, highlighted the elements of the policy and emphasised that the primary aim of the policy is to ensure that all new buildings are net zero carbon while remaining responsive to sector needs.

The building sector provides a scaled opportunity to effectively control greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) and to manage resource efficiencies through its end-users was the message from Naseema Elias who is the C40- Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) Technical Officer for the programme at eThekwini Municipality. While this policy primarily focuses on GHG mitigation potential through controls for new buildings, the policy further encourages the building sector to be cognisant of their impact on natural resources through their usage and resilience to the impacts of climate change.

Deputy Head of Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Chumisa Thengwa said: “ The City produced the Climate Action Plan (CAP) that highlights a range of practical actions to mitigate and adapt to climate change and a critical action contained within the CAP focuses on the building sector which is instrumental in climate change mitigation. This policy is an intervention that provides a pathway to transition Durban towards climate resilience and carbon neutrality by 2050.”

EThekwini Municipality is an active participant in the C40 Cities Climate Leadership group (C40) South African New Building Programme since 2017. This C40 programme aims to support four South African cities through local implementing partner SEA, to go beyond current building energy performance to result in a net-zero carbon performance while supporting development of buildings that are resilient to extreme weather events.

Net-zero emissions buildings are a type of green building, which improves occupant wellbeing among other benefits. These buildings use energy ultra-efficiently with the remainder of their energy usage supplied from sustainable and clean sources.

The policy can be viewed https://bit.ly/37sRWCq and comments can be emailed to Magash.Naidoo@durban.gov.za or Naseema.Elias@durban.gov.za

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