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EThekwini wins Honorary Climate and Clean Air Award
​Amrita Sinha Kataria, Zama Khuzwayo, Councillor Ntombifuthi
Maluleka, Jana Davidová and Hastings Chikoko at the Honorary
Climate and Clean Air Award ceremony.
DURBAN has added another feather in its cap and clenched the Honorary Climate and Clean Air Award. The award was conferred on Durban for its Durban Landfill Conservancies project by the Climate and Clean Air Coalition in Bonn on 12 November.

The award winning project is the successful Mariannhill landfill that reduces emissions of methane, provides safe waste disposal, employs workers from surrounding communities and produces electricity for the local grid. The City’s landfill gas project was the first in Africa and is still one of the most successful in the world.

The project has also provided assistance to several other countries and cities within and outside
Africa, proving the positive impact Durban is making in the global arena. EThekwini Mayor Zandile
Gumede said: “Durban’s recent winning streak is indicative of the world class City that we are. Being bestowed this award, shows that Durban is serious about climate change and cares about the impacts it has on the community.

By making changes to the way we operate and by reducing our carbon foot print, we are leading by example and building a new resilient City. By employing and empowering nearby communities the City is not only creating employment but developing an army of green warriors that will spread the message at grass roots level. Well done to the team.” The Climate and Clean Air Awards recognise exceptional contributions and actions to implement projects, programmes, policies and practices that reduce short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs), such as black carbon, methane, hydrofluorocarbons and tropospheric ozone.

Reducing these dangerous air and climate pollutants is key to improving air quality, slowing the rate of climate change and provides multiple benefits for health, ecosystems and the sustainable development goals. The Durban Landfill Conservancies project shows the potential that well managed waste systems have for reducing shortlived climate pollutants. Proper waste collection reduces waste burning that emits black carbon and other toxic pollutants into the atmosphere.

sohana.singh@durban.gov.za
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