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One hundred and one - that’s how many climate strategies actions Cape Town has devised in its latest action plan to achieve increased climate resilience and get to a carbon emissions reduction goal of 81.2% by 2050!

Cape Town also has an interim goal of reducing emissions 9.41% by 2030, both reductions based on a 2016 baseline. Considering South Africa’s carbon intensive electricity grid, cleaner energy, including small-scale solar tops the list of initiatives. Capetonians can now export excess power generation back to the electricity grid, and the city has one of the highest solar generations in South Africa. Sweet! Between 2014 and 2022 Cape Town approved the installation of 76.2 MW of rooftop solar PV and installed 563 kWp on its own Municipal buildings. In addition Cape Town has an ambitious goal for new buildings and municipal buildings to be net zero emitters by 2030 and all buildings net zero carbon by 2050. Water resilience is also a key focus in the action plan. In 2018, Cape Town became the first major city to avert the worst impacts of a 3-year drought by drastically reducing water usage through the collective efforts of residents, visitors, businesses and the City working together! Cape Town has since committed to developing 300 million litres per day of additional water supply capacity by 2030 to support its goal of becoming water resilient, and is already producing around 3 million litres per day from new sources. Inspiring!

Cape Town also has an interim goal of reducing emissions 9.41% by 2030, both reductions based on a 2016 baseline. Considering South Africa’s carbon intensive electricity grid, cleaner energy, including small-scale solar tops the list of initiatives. Capetonians can now export excess power generation back to the electricity grid, and the city has one of the highest solar generations in South Africa. Sweet! Between 2014 and 2022 Cape Town approved the installation of 76.2 MW of rooftop solar PV and installed 563 kWp on its own Municipal buildings. In addition Cape Town has an ambitious goal for new buildings and municipal buildings to be net zero emitters by 2030 and all buildings net zero carbon by 2050. Water resilience is also a key focus in the action plan. In 2018, Cape Town became the first major city to avert the worst impacts of a 3-year drought by drastically reducing water usage through the collective efforts of residents, visitors, businesses and the City working together! Cape Town has since committed to developing 300 million litres per day of additional water supply capacity by 2030 to support its goal of becoming water resilient, and is already producing around 3 million litres per day from new sources. Inspiring!

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