Comments can be made until 30 September 2020 on the City of Cape Town webpage via “Have your say”

About the strategy

Climate change is globally understood to pose the greatest threat to socio-economic stability and growth, and is increasingly affecting Cape Town. Just recently, we experienced a climate shock in the form of a multi-year drought from 2015-2019.

Having learnt from this, we are preparing better to ensure greater resilience in the water system. However, there are a range of other climate shocks that can arise, and may increase in frequency and intensity going forward.

A clear climate change strategy will enable us to take the necessary action to reduce and prepare for these shocks. We want to create an urban environment that is climate resilient, resource efficient and carbon neutral.

Our draft Climate Change Strategy aims to:

  • act as a framework to transform the way we plan and operate
  • deal with known impacts and challenges presented by climate change;
  • ensure that our key policies, strategies, and plans align with climate change concerns, and guide our directorates and departments through this transition;
  • maximise the added benefits of this transition – including, among others:
    > improved energy and water security
    > improved health
    > job creation
    > reduced risk
  • safeguard the competitive trade of our local economy in a global environment that is quickly rejecting carbon intensive goods and services.

We cannot address climate change without collaboration, co-operation, and partnerships. For this reason, we want to invite you to comment on the draft strategy.

In terms of section 17 of the Local Government: Municipal Systems Act, Act 32 of 2000, you may submit comments in respect of the draft strategy.

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