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To protect the environment and preserve it for future generations, Western Cape relies on the use of new technologies and the adaptation of existing technologies to the African context.
The role of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Development Planning is two-fold; it is to safeguard the natural environment of Western Cape for future generations, as well as to sustainably develop the landscape in which we live. This function is performed via the implementation of innovative ideas, processes and systems. In this regard, the usage of new technology, as well as the adaptation of existing technology to the African context becomes a key factor.
The following are some of the key initiatives:
a) Water Hub: The hub is a water research, demonstration and training facility aimed at the role of water and nexus linkages in the energy and food/agri The ultimate aim is to achieve sustainable living through increased water security in Western Cape (WC). This is critical in light of the drought WC faced recently.
b) SMART-Air programme: The programme seeks to raise awareness of air quality and climate change response, promote emission abatement and mitigation of technologies, as well as build capacity within industry and Air Quality Control Officers regarding emission mitigation. The programme also aims to develop an emissions‘ inventory at municipal, district and provincial levels.
c) Climate-Friendly Refrigeration and Air Conditioning (RAC): The project aims to encourage the implementation of green cooling solutions in the refrigeration and air conditioning sectors, in order to unlock the potential environmental and economic benefits that could be derived from it.
Piet van Zyl, Head of Department – Environmental Affairs and Dev. Planning (DEA&DP)