The poster below by Sustainable Energy Africa showing the energy users and emissions profile of the City of Cape Town is very informative. The residential sector in Cape Town uses more energy and generates more CO2 than both Industry and Commerce. In addition, although the residential sector uses less energy than the transport sector, it still generates more CO2 Emissions!!!
The single largest group of CO2 (GHG) emitters in the residential sector is the high income residential group who, although only 23% of the population, manage to emit almost half of the residential emissions of the City. In addition, when we compare the per capita Carbon emissions (footprint) of Cape Town with other global cities, we still score fairly high – which is bad in the case of CO2 emissions.
One of the reasons for Cape Town’s high GHG Emissions is our dependence on national energy provision based on coal fired power stations. The good news is that high to middle income groups in Cape Town have a huge potential to become more energy efficient both in terms of electricity use and transport and they also have the resources to invest in alternatives such as solar water heating.
The Design Capital of the World centered around Table Mountain, the 7th National Wonder in the World needs to get it s creative energy flowing to protect its natural heritage from Climate Change and be a leader in GHG reduction. How long do we wait for politicians to lead by making make strong decisions at COP 17 – how long can you tread water!!! Each one of us can make a difference in our homes, our lifestyles and our consumer choices.
Cape Townians!! We need to grow the Courage 2 B Cool for the Earth and future generations.
To understand the cost breakdown of domestic electricity in Cape Town and for tips to help reduce your electricity consumption which saves Rands and reduces your impact on an Earth sweltering under the energy demands of too many humans – go to: http://scenicsouth.co.za//2011/07/city-of-cape-town-electricity-tariff-structure-1-july-2011/
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