South Africa
Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba, Elected 2016

Case Studies

Waste management is one of the key services every city government must provide to its residents, and has widely variable service levels, costs and environmental impacts. As the world population becomes more urbanized, the increase in waste generation is putting enormous pressure on local governments, primarily in rapidly growing cities. Poorly managed waste has an enormous impact on the climate, the public health, the environment, and the economy too. ‘A re Sebetseng’ is a City of Johannesburg Mayoral-led campaign aiming to encourage community participation and engagement around the issue of waste management.

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The efficient use of energy and water is increasingly important, especially in view of the growing demand for such resources and the negative environmental impacts arising from their uncontrolled and wasteful use.

The City of Johannesburg, together with the Department of Energy, has implemented the Energy Efficiency and Demand Side Management project. The project consists of establishing a detailed baseline analysis of the city’s energy and water usage in its Metro Centre Building complex, as well as determining its waste management practices. The project is informed by two broad drivers: the need to improve energy efficiency and increasing availability of more efficient technologies, especially in lighting and air conditioning.

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In Focus City Reports: Johannesburg

February 25, 2015 Johannesburg

The In Focus city reports provide valuable insight into the efforts of the world's leading cities to become more sustainable. This report has been developed with C40's official reporting partner, CDP Cities, and AECOM, using data submitted through CDP's reporting platform. It conveys information about how Johannesburg perceives its climate risk, measures key climate change-related data, and manages climate action.

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