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Introduction to the conference
Energising South African Cities: City Energy Strategies Conference
This groundbreaking conference held at the new Cape Town International Convention Centre from 19-21 November was hosted by the South African Cities Network (SACN), Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) and the City of Cape Town, in association with the International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives (ICLEI) and the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and endorsed by UNEP.
Energy forms the very lifeblood of a city’s functioning and its sustainable and effective use is vital to our communities and our planet. The critical role that energy plays in economic development, social welfare, and environmental sustainability is being increasingly recognised, such that local governments all over the world are planning and implementing more sustainable approaches to their energy production and use. A City Energy Strategy is a foundation for sustainable city development.
Using international and local experience, the conference’s aims were to inspire and enable local authorities in South Africa to develop their own integrated energy strategy as part of their city development strategy. The conference was designed to practically assist local government in formulating and implementing their energy strategies.
The CD contains the presentations, discussions, resolutions and contextual information from the conference plus a list of resources. The presentations are grouped according to the day on which it was delivered.
Day 1’s aim was to deliver insight and information on ‘local energy strategies and its links to city development’ and included case studies on City Energy Planning from International speakers from Barcelona, Mexico City, Portland, and Leicester and local speakers from Johannesburg and Potchefstroom. Cape Town presented its draft energy strategy – the first on the African continent.
Day 2’s aim was to examine the ‘challenges and opportunities relating to local energy strategies’. The first objective was to unpack issues on energy related policy, legislation and transformation on local government in South Africa. These breakaway sessions included key debates around electricity supply and distribution, transport, city planning and energy efficient standards and regulations for buildings. The second objective was to identify solutions through lessons from case studies on issues such as public lighting and public buildings, transport, green procurement, water services, waste management, housing and education.
The final day of the conference aimed to equip cities to formulate and implement their own city energy strategy and the Minister of Minerals and Energy, Phumzile Mlambo – Ncguka kicked off the day with challenges to cities as well as areas of co-operation. Issues pertaining to formulating city energy strategies such as partnerships to promote sustainable cities, city policies and measures for sustainable energy, CDM projects and financing energy initiatives at the local level and building the capacity for sustainable energy development in South Africa were tackled in the panel discussion of that day.
The presentation of the key findings and resolutions from the parallel sessions and plenary and the open comments and discussion that followed marked the closing of the conference. Affirmation of the conference’s proceedings and resolutions is stated in the Cape Town Declaration on Energy for Cities and it includes targets that cities will strive towards.
Greening the conference
The conference hosts wanted to put in practice the principles of sustainable development. This meant making the conference as green as possible and reducing its carbon footprint. A mandatory carbon tax was charged of every participant (including speakers) – and this will be used to fund a City of Cape Town carbon mitigation project. The conference used green electricity and aimed for maximum green procurement and cleaner transport. The other greening initiatives were: printing most of the material on recycled paper, minimising paper production by electronic registration and the post-conference CD and the lanyards issued were made from recycled plastic. Khulani gas provided LPG powered vehicles for transporting delegates also reducing private car rental. All information regarding the greening of this conference as well as where you could go to get information to green your next event is on the CD.
During the preparation and implementation of a conference there are a number of decisions and actions taken. All these decisions and actions have an impact on the local and global environment and increasing the ecological footprint. A GREEN conference is when every effort is made to reduce the ecological footprint. This means minimising pollution, using all the natural resources efficiently and conserving the resources.
Carbon Tax
All delegates paid mandatory carbon tax of R300 to reduce the carbon footprint of the conference. As far as we know this hasn’t been done before. The income generated will be allocated to poverty-alleviation projects.
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Conference Programme, presentations & biographies of speakers
Conference Programme
Select the session you would like to view:
Please note: Only presentations smaller than 2MB has been published on this website.
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Participants Profile and List
298 participants attended the 3-day conference, 29% of the participants were women and 71% male. Over half, 57% of the delegates were from local government, followed by 16% from NGO’s, CBO’s and academia. The other delegates were from the commercial / industrial sector at 13%, the provincial and national government had a 7% share and the international delegates and donor agencies had a 7% representation.
Of the 169 local government delegates, 25% were politicians i.e. the mayors & councillors and 12% were senior officials i.e. city managers and directors. Mayors and councillors from all the major South African cities attended, with big contingents coming from City of Johannesburg, City of Cape Town, Ekurhuleni Municipality, eThekwini Municipality, City of Tshwane & Buffalo City. City managers from the following cities attended; Buffalo City, eThekwini Municipality, Mangaung Local Municipality and Msunduzi Municipality
Local government had the second lowest female representation at 23 %. The commercial and industrial sector followed with the highest female representation was from the Non-governmental / community based organisations sector at 48%, followed by the international delegates and provincial & national government groups with 42% and 30% respectively. Of the 63 speakers 75% were male and 25% female.
CES Participant List.xls (191kb)
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The Cape Town Declaration on Energy for Cities
Affirmation of the conference’s proceedings and resolutions is stated in the Cape Town Declaration on Energy for Cities and it includes targets that cities will strive towards.
Final-CT Declaration.doc (24kb)
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African Cities Energy Network
22 November 2003
On the day after the conference, a workshop on the proposed African Energy Cities Network was held. This workshop explored the need for, aims and functioning of such a network. The workshop’s programme overview presentation, minutes and participants list are all available in the CD.
Please note: Only presentations smaller than 2MB has been published on this website.
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Directory of African organisations working in urban development
As part of the SEED programme, SEA is developing a directory of African organisations working in the urban sector on issues of energy and its related components of planning, housing, environment and transport.
This is a directory of African organisations working in the urban sector on issues of energy and its related components of planning, housing, environment and transport. The spreadsheet is sorted by country and then by organisation.
Download: AfricanDirectory.xls (212kb MSExcel Spreadsheet)
Please register your organisation on our website and it will be included in the directory:
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Visual Tour of the Conference
This presentation contains photo’s taken at the City Energy Strategies Conference.
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Copies of the Energising South African Cities and Towns manual – which is a toolkit to enable participants to start the process in their own local authorities and the Cape Town Energy Strategy have been included in the resource pack. There are also links to various websites and documents that you might find useful. For the purpose of sustaining the networks made at the conference we have included participants lists and contacts of all the delegates and a directory of African organisations working in urban development.
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Conference Report
Download: Conference Report.DOC (500kb)
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Conference hosts contact details
SA Cities Network
Contact: Monty Narsoo
Tel: +27 (0)82 601 3185
Email: mnarsoo@metroweb.co.za
Website: www.sacities.net
Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA)
Contact: Sarah Ward
Tel: +27 (0)21 702 3622
Fax: +27 (0)21 702 3625
Email: info@sustainable.org.za
Website: www.sustainable.org.za
City of Cape Town
Contact: Osman Asmal
Tel: +27 (0)21 918 7424
Fax: +27 (0)21 918 7440
Email: Osman.Asmal@capetown.gov.za
Website: www.capetown.gov.za
Contact: Annie Sugrue
Tel: +27 (0)11 407-6729
Fax: +27 (0)11 403-0922
Email: iclei-africa@iclei.org
Website: www.iclei.org.za
South African Local Government Association (SALGA)
Contact: Goldius “Russel” Baloyi
Tel: +27 12 338 6750
Email: rbaloyi@salga.org.za
Website: www.salga.org.za
Contact: Hari Srinivas
Tel: +(81-6) 6915-4594
Email: Hari.Srinivas@unep.or.jp
Website: www.unep.or.jp
British High Commission
Contact: Sue Harlow
Email: sue.harlow@fco.gov.uk
British High Commission, 255 Hill Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
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