Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality
South Africa

Population: 3178470
Area of jurisdiction: 2000 km2

Commitments

  Community Government
Absolute base year GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Baseline scenario (BAU) GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Fixed-level GHG reduction target: n/a n/a
Carbon intensity reduction target: n/a n/a
Renewable energy target: 10% by 2020 n/a
Energy efficiency target: n/a n/a
Government and Community: CO2(e) targets

Performance

Community GHG Emissions
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e
Government GHG Emissions
2011

Mitigation actions

Solar roof top project
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality Energy Department intends building 2 X 250kWp Grid-tied Rooftop Solar Photovoltaic plant on the roof of Boksburg Civic Centre and the roof of the parking area at EGSC building in Germiston. The Rooftop solar plant will supply power to the building. Since the building is occupied during the day, solar PV generated power will be used during working hours and the excess power will be fed to the grid during weekends and public holidays. The purpose is to offset conventional electricity drawn from the grid as well as promote the use of renewable energy and to reduce carbon emissions for the City. Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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OR Tambo Photo Voltaic site at Cultural Precinct
Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality showed its commitment to promote low-carbon technologies when it officially unveiled the first and only solar plant of its kind in the country on Friday 12 Oct 2012. The plant is owned by the municipality and is in line with Ekurhuleni's Energy Strategy, which identifies proactive promotion of green power as essential for creating a sustainable future for the municipality. The solar PV plant is located in the O. R. Tambo Precinct, which showcases sustainable technologies and construction techniques including rammed earth, straw bale and cob wall construction, green roof technology, thermal mass earth flooring and solar water heating. The plant powers nearby structures, such as the OR Tambo Narrative Centre and the Environmental Education Centre, and the surrounding low-cost housing area. The solar PV plant has a generation capacity of 200 kW from 860 solar PV panels; generating enough electricity to power about 133 low-cost houses. It is planned to expand the solar PV plant to 600 kW capacity over the next 2-3 years. An inverter converts direct electricity current generated by the solar panels into alternating current that is fed onto the municipal power grid. Since the system is grid interactive, no batteries are required for electricity storage. Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Landfill gas extraction project at all four sites
The Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality has established a landfill gas extraction and utilisation project at four of its landfill sites (generators to be installed at all sites - 8 MW total for 4 sites) So far 3GWh generated - flaring happens at all sites - 639547 tCO2e (CDM project). The extraction and utilisation of landfill gas reduces harmful greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions and prevents explosion hazards at the landfill sites from the accumulation of methane gas. Assessment of the potential for landfill gas (LFG) extraction and utilisation at Ekurhuleni Municipality landfill sites began in 2005, with a feasibility study and trial of landfill gas extraction and flaring. The study found that gas extraction and power generation were feasible and financially viable under the CDM of the Kyoto Protocol, which would allow for revenue to be obtained from the sale of emission reductions.  The decision was made to go forward with the development of a LFG CDM Project. The construction of the full-scale project started on 29 August 2007.  CDM registration was finalised in February 2011 retrospectively to 26 October 2010.  The CDM Project was intended to be implemented in 2 phases. In phase 1, the LFG will be extracted and flared. In phase 2, the intention is to use the LFG for power generation and export electricity to the grid. Phase 2 was launched in September 2014 by the Electricity Department within EMM. Start year  
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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Energy & climate change strategy
GOALS OF AN ENERGY STRATEGY An energy strategy supports the social, economic and environmental wellbeing of a city, via: Providing adequate energy for economic growth. Supporting poverty alleviation by promoting clean, safe and modern energy to households. Saving money by improving the efficiency of energy use. Reducing harmful effects of energy use such as pollution and global warming, by promoting cleaner, renewable energy sources. Promoting the use of more efficient transport, with a focus on public transport. Start year  
Sector Residential
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Efficient Management of Revenue Process
A number of key interventions were made to ensure that electricity revenue processes are managed effectively such as Revenue demand meter, credit meters and Prepayment meters. Start year  
Sector Other Emissions
Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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Efficient Street Lights
8 659 street lights were converted to energy efficiency units Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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LED Traffic Lights
400 traffic light intersections were converted to low power LED signal heads Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Energy Efficiency Lights
43 000 energy efficiency lights of various sizes were installed at various council buildings Start year  
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solar Water Heaters - Houses
10000 solar water heaters to low cost housing during 2010/2011 with a 10 years free maintenance eperiod Start year 2010
Sector Residential
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solar Water Heater Systems
1350 low pressure solar water heater systems were installed in hotel complexes Start year  
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Solar Water Heater
2000 high pressure solar water heater systems were installed in various council owned buildings Start year  
Sector Buildings
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Energy Director
January 2010 an Energy Director was appointed to focus on energy efficiency initiatives Start year 2010
Sector Other Emissions
Type Organizational/Governance
Status Completed
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Street Lights
A total of 3445 street lights were installed Start year  
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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High Mast Lights
Since 2006 368 High Mast Lights were installed to promote safety and security within the communities Start year 2006
Sector Facilities
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status Completed
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Free Basic Electricity
Free Basic Electricity (FBE) set at 100 units (twice of what is required by National Policy) is provided to Tariff A-lifeline and Tariff A customers since June 2005 Start year 2005
Sector Buildings
Type Fiscal/Financial mechanism
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

EMM commitment with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction
City of Ekurhuleni Executive Mayor, Cllr Mondli Gungubele, has signed the certificate of commitment with the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction’s (UNISDR). The signing of the certificate is a declaration by the City of Ekurhuleni to be one of the 2 800 cities and towns that have joined the global campaign to make cities resilient by implementing systems that will allow them to respond to disasters effectively. Start year  
Sector  
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Environmental Education and awareness programmes
Education and public awareness is an integral part of sustainable development and an important part of a community’s understanding of the environmental impacts and how these relate to their actions. Lack of knowledge by industry and community members can cause the degradation of the environment. The empowerment of industry and communities with regards to the environment not only enables them to understand what may be wrong and how they can rectify this, but also enables understanding and appreciation, which in turn leads to a desire to conserve and protect the surrounding environment. Climate Change is one of the environmental themes that are a priority in the implementation of environmental education programmes. Start year  
Sector  
Type Education/Awareness Raising
Status In progress
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Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network
This is to provide a safe, reliable and affordable transport system. To address the issues of connectivity amongst our communities as well as linkages between our communities and places of work, health and education. The City opted to go with an introduction of an Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network (IRPTN). Indepth consultation with multi-stakeholder and communities to ensure the provision of an asset that will instill pride and ownership.Considerations on the City's nine town centres and seventeen townships, all with varying degrees in availability of transport, the rate of industrial and human settlement development, lack of spartial planning and reduction in carbon emissions, were critical. Start year  
Sector  
Type Technical/Infrastructure investment
Status In progress
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