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Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings

Globally, buildings use about 40% of the world’s energy and 20% of water, and are responsible for producing up to 33% of global carbon (CO2) emissions and 30% of waste.

In Cape Town, commercial buildings use about 40% of electricity and are responsible for about 28% of carbon emissions. Electricity tariffs are rising steeply, there is a medium-term national power shortage and large power users like commercial buildings need to address their impact on the environment. For all these reasons, not least the financial savings, a concerted effort is needed to maximise the potential of energy efficiency in the commercial sector of our local economy.

To help people take action the City of Cape Town, Eskom and the South African Property Owners' Association (SAPOA) collaborated to launch the Energy Efficiency Forum for Commercial Buildings in 2009. It is also co-funded by Santam and Old Mutual.

The Energy Efficiency Forum provides owners and managers of offices, shopping centres, hotels and other commercial and public buildings with practical knowledge on energy efficiency solutions, and serves as a platform for collective action and shared learning.

Regular forum meetings offer case studies of energy efficiency retrofits and updates on financing options, policy issues and training opportunities. Innovations like ‘Green Leasing’ are explored, to find ways of overcoming barriers and scaling up energy efficiency action. There is also an annual ‘Marketplace’ event where suppliers of energy efficiency products and services showcase their offerings.

Next meeting: 31 August 2012

To register for the forum, click here.


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