South Africa - Cape Town
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Policy Environment Assessment
During the 2009 UN Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen South Africa committed itself to reduce domestic greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 34% in 2020 and 42% by 2025 below the business-as-usual (BAU) trajectory subject to the provision of adequate financial,technological and capacity-building support by developed countries (Woolard & Davis, 2015). According to SA’s Peak Plateau and Decline (PPD) pledge, it will peak its national emissions between 2020 and 2025, plateau for approximately a decade, and decline in absolute terms thereafter. South Africa’s NDCs target to limit GHG emissions including land use, land use change and forestry (LULUCF) to between 398 and 614 Mt CO2eq over the period 2025–2030 is equivalent to a 20–82% increase on 1990 levels excluding LULUCF. South Africa’s aspiration in the long-term is that total annual GHG emissions will be in the range of 212 to 428 MtCO2e by 2050, having declined in absolute terms from 2036 onwards. In response to itsidentification of mitigation targets South Africa developed a National Climate Change Response White paper (SA Department of Environmental Affairs, 2011). The Key elements of SA’s overall approach to mitigation include (SA Department of Environmental Affairs, 2011):
Open Streets in Cape Town
In partnership with the city of Cape Town, Open streets day’s will close major streets for motorized transportation on specific days. The public is then encouraged to enjoy the car free streets where activities are hosted on the day – these include music, art, interactive workshops, dancing, yoga, chess and other sports and games. Open Streets is free and everyone is encouraged to participate and help plan the day – the organisation of this activity is usually done in broad consultation with local businesses, civil organisation in the area, and the whole community. The city of Cape Town’s transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA, 2018) provides the administrative support and governance framework for this action – financial support is gained via sponsorship and donations.