Msunduzi Local Municipality
South Africa

Population: 618536
Area of jurisdiction: 634 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: n/a % by 2030
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
Total ( n/a ):  0 tCO2e

Mitigation actions

green design assessments and landscaping in EIA/BAR/Building plans
The approved climate change policy for the Msunduzi Municipality specifies that all developmental activities must incorporate green building designs / alternative energy solutions during the initial stages. Indigenous plant landscaping is encouraged as this promotes biodiversity and also aids in the reduction of the carbon footprint of the development and ultimately the city Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Non-motorized transport plan
"Non-Motorised Transport (NMT) includes all forms of movement that do not rely on an engine or motor for movement. This includes walking, cycling, rickshaws, animal drawn carts (especially in rural areas), push carts and rollerblading or skating for recreational purposes. Ultimately, NMT grows liveable communities - it is the most basic part of the transportation system and pedestrians in particular contribute to the vibrancy of a community. NMT is generally recognised as a valuable component of the transportation system and the environment we live in due to the various benefits it holds. These benefits include environmental benefits, increased liveability, improved health, economic gains and transportation benefits. NMT can address a large range of transportation needs ranging from regional mobility to neighbourhood access. There are various types of trips where NMT may be used as part of or for the entire journey, whether by choice or out of necessity. People who commonly use NMT are commuters (trips to and from work), learners (trips to and from educational institutions,including libraries and sports fields), service users (these include trips to shops, markets and other service destinations) and recreational users (trips by locals or tourists to recreational destinations). In the Msunduzi context, NMT is represented mainly by walking and cycling. As such, the policies and strategies are mostly developed around the needs of these users. However, the policies, strategies and resulting design and implementation projects should strive for improved universal access. Such designs also take into consideration the needs of other users such as the special needs people that include the disabled, women with prams, shopping trolleys, etc. The Msunduzi Municipality has until now not had a comprehensive plan guiding the planning and implementation of programmes and facilities to respond to the multiple needs of NMT users. The NMT Plan for the Msunduzi Municipality aims to address this critical shortcoming in two ways. Firstly, it presents a policy, accompanied by a set of objectives and strategies to realise an improved NMT environment and culture in Msunduzi. Secondly, it develops a Strategic NMT Plan for Msunduzi that would identify areas and routes that should be considered The Municipality’s vision is to: ‘Promote walking and cycling as a part of mobility by creating suitable, safe and attractive NMT infrastructure networks that meet the needs of all users.’ In order to achieve this vision it is recommended that the following be implemented: •The projects and priorities in this report be adopted and implemented as soon as practicable. In order to even further define and better prioritise future NMT programmes, the following recommendations should be implemented in the short to medium term: •To adopt these NMT guidelines as being the design standard for the municipality and ensure project developers are aware of the municipal guidelines and adhere to the design standards. •A NMT volume count programme / data base on major routes to be established and updated annually. •A vehicular volume count programme / data base on major routes to be established and updated annually.An accident data base to be established and updated monthly. •Before and after studies to be carried out on all NMT projects •A data base for NMT infrastructure in the Municipality to be established and updated annually " Start year  
Sector Transport
Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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Adaptation actions

retrofitting street lights with solar lights (Street Lighting Plan)
The Municipality is also piloting a project to implement solar powered street lighting and traffic lights in the CBD, the aim is that by 2030 100% of street lights and 100% of traffic signals in the CBD are powered by renewable energy (as stated in the IDP REVIEW FOR 2015/16 - 2016/17 page 111 and 254). Start year  
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Type Organizational/Governance
Status In progress
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kerbside recycling program
"Currently the kerbside recycling project is operating in approximately 6 wards out of 37. The aim is to include all municipal wards in the kerbside recycling program by. This will ensure that recovery, re-use and recycling of waste is maximized. The volume of waste disposed to landfill is minimized. Life spans of landfill sites are extended." Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status In progress
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Climate Change Policy for Msunduzi Municipality
it is essential for cities to adapt to climate change impacts and ensure that mitigation measures are identified which would contribute to reduction of GHG and the overall carbon footprint of the city.The Msunduzi's Strategic Environmental Assessment states that strategies and adaptation plans need to be investigated and implemented in order to ensure that natural resources are conserved and utilised in a sustainable manner.It is essential that all sectors / spheres of government are involved in climate change planning and policy development in order to ensure that mitigation and adaptation is incorporated into all future municipal policies, response strategies and plans. The Climate Change Policy seeks to unpack core issues (biodiversity, ecosystems and sensitive natural environments, water resources particularly water availability, quality and quantity, Impacts on food provision and agricultural sustainability, Impacts on human health due to temperature extremes and prevalence / occurrence of vector borne diseases, Impacts on storm water infrastructure and other infrastructure located in areas of flood potential, Waste management, Increased energy utilisation and impacts on electricity infrastructure, Impacts on the transportation sector and infrastructure) and suggests adaptation and mitigation measures in greater detail, to be implemented (i.e. each adaptation and mitigation option would be case / site specific) which would contribute to the reduction of climate change related impacts on each of the sectors mentioned above Start year  
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Type Policy/Strategies/Action Plans
Status Completed
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