ENERGY EFFICIENCY PROJECTS
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s Fifteen Percent Mega Watt Project (15% MW Project) is intended to target energy efficiency in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors to reduce the maximum demand by 15% during peak and off-peak demand periods. The Electricity and Energy Directorate is at the forefront of energy efficiency for the metro.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality’s energy efficiency projects include;
- The replacement of existing traffic lights with energy efficient light bulbs.
- The replacement of existing 125 mercury vapor light bulbs on minor roads in Nelson Mandela Bay with 57Watt Compact Fluorescent bulbs (CFLs).
- Research is being conducted into the use of Light – Emitting Diode (LED) sources for major road lighting
- Municipal buildings have had their lighting systems changed to be more energy efficient (sensor lighting automatically switches off if there is no movement, thereby minimizing electricity wastage)
- Small Scale Embedded Energy Generation (SSEG): this new initiative allows industry and residences to generate power using renewable energy technology (wind or solar PV). The renewable energy generated is then fed back into the residence or industry for its energy demands and the excess is fed back into the grid.This initiative is the first of its kind for a municipality in South Africa, and will result in financial savings if managed correctly.
NELSON MANDELA BAY STADIUM ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM (EMS)
The iconic sunflower in the heart of Nelson Mandela Bay is more than just a multi-purpose stadium. The Nelson Mandela Bay Multi-Purpose Stadium also operates with an Environmental Management System (EMS). The system is guided by the International Organization for Standardization’s standard for EMS, called ISO 14001. The primary goal of the EMS is to make sustainable and responsible use of natural resources in the daily operations of the stadium, in order to minimize negative environmental impacts.
The strategies of the Stadium’s EMS include plans for water management, waste management, alien vegtation control, biolofical pest control, and energy reduction methods, amoung other plans. The EMS was initiated in 2012.
70% of internal lighting operates with motion-sensing lights. Water-saving showerheads and different types of recycling bins for waste are provided. Water from the North End lake is treated and utilized for watering green areas in the stadium, which means that municipal water is not used to water the fields. Wet waste is given to a local farmer to prevent it going to landfill and other food waste is fed into a worm farm to decompose (break down) waste and produce a natural liquid fertilizer. Excess usable food is donated to a charity close to the stadium. No toxic chemicals are used for cleaning and pest control is managed through the Urban Rapture Project which utilizes rehabilitated predator birds to prey on vermin at the stadium.
Audits track the progress towards the goals of wastewater management, waste minimization and recycling, energy reduction and allow for a continual improvement in the EMS. To date, 2 audits of the EMS have been performed and an annual management review of the EMS occurred in June 2013.
The Waste Exchange (WX) Project was launched in 2008, as one of the waste minimisation projects of the Integrated Waste Management Plan (IWMP) of the Nelson Mandela bay Municipality (NMBM).
The WX is a web-based system that allows a company or individual to register and post listings FOR FREE. Listings can be posted under wanted waste material or the user can search on the listings of available waste material. There are various categories that user can post listings under and waste material can include ANYTHING that can still be used by someone else, such as cardboard boxes, roof tiles, recycling material, wood or building rubble. The users can save on transport, help prevent unnecessary landfill additions, save on the cost of brand new materials and reduce their carbon footprint and help the NMBM to Go Green!
Discarding, placing or leaving waste on any site on any land or road other than a municipal-approved disposal site is AN OFFENCE.
For more information log onto www.mandelametro.gov.za/waste/ or phone 041 506 5466 or email:firstname.lastname@example.orgALL HANDS ON WASTE
Since inception 2003 the NMBM has won the Cleanest Town competition (administered by the National Department of Environmental Affairs) twice and was the first runner-up three times, making them the most consistent Municipality in the country.
The prize money allowed the NMBM to fund an initiative with the Department of Environmental Affairs called All Hands on Waste. The All Hands on Waste project (Phase 1) was launched in 2010, and encouraged communities to clean their environment as well as to be conscious of their waste. In other words: understanding what can be recycled, how to make a compost heap and ultimately to embrace waste management for the benefit of the whole community.
Along with the colorful Mobile Exhibition Unit the All Hands on Waste initiative (Phase 2) was launched in 2011 to educate and the spread the message of waste recycling and minimization to primary schools and citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay by visiting taxi ranks and shopping centers.
The All Hands on Waste project was the 2011 winner of the Mail & Guardian’s Greening the Future award in the category for Environmental best practice in not-for-profit organizations.
Nelson Mandela Bay represents a large percentage of South Africa’s biological diversity in that 2 global biodiversity hotspots converge in this area (the Cape Floristic Region and the Maputo-Pondoland hotspot) and 7 of the 9 South African Biomes occur within the city. Such a concentration of biomes in one city is unparalleled in the world and results in an extraordinary diversity of landscapes, plants and animals.
The biodiversity that comprises the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Space Management System (NMB MOSS) provides the city with essential ecosystem goods and services that are important in enabling the delivery of municipal services and for human wellbeing, which includes clean water, air, and soil, provision of foods, medicinal plants and building materials. The ecological infrastructure is essential in the delivery of municipal services, in that water and sanitation systems depend on the natural lay of the land (high to low elevations) to deliver water and sanitation services to communities.
The NMBM recognizes the importance of, and its’ responsibility for conserving the biological diversity within the city. It seeks to protect the natural environment through various conservation and environmental management initiatives, mostly happening within green areas compromising the NMB MOSS.
An array of land use pressures threaten the persistence of biodiversity. These include inappropriate urban planning and development, urban expansion, agricultural expansion, non-sustainable subsistence harvesting, afforestation, and the emerging biofuels industry. Of increasing concern are the impacts that projected future climate change will have on biodiversity and ecosystem services.
A further goal of Environmental Management is to continue partnering with other stakeholders in developing the social relevance of green spaces to promote the wellbeing of communities, to ensure greater ownership and use of these areas by the general public, and to link impoverished communities to poverty alleviation opportunities.
Some of the conservation initiatives are
c) Bioregional Plan
d) Land Use Planning & Management
e) Reserve Management Programmes
WATER – SAVING INITIATIVES
The Water Wise campaign was initiated in response to the drought event of the years 2008 to 2010 and the need for education and awareness around responsible water use in Nelson Mandela Bay. All residents were targeted in this campaign, which used the now-iconic water drop named Thontsi to reach and educate a wide range of water users in the Bay.
In May 2009, the South African Local Government Association (SALGA) and the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) hosted an Eastern Cape Provincial Climate Change Response (CCR) Working Session. The Wilderness & Environment Society of South Africa (WESSA) facilitated the workshop, which aimed to open discussions between NMBM officials, ward councilors, industry and the public on the realities of climate change in the Nelson Mandela Bay context. The NMBM is in the process of establishing a Climate Change Unit, to coordinate the municipality’s CC mitigation and adaptation responses.
Further activities have included:
b) Nelson Mandela Bay Conference of the Parties 17 Feedback Session on the 22nd March 2012
SOLAR WATER HEATER SYSTEM PILOT PROJECT
In 2009, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) initiated the installation of 1200 solar water heaters on the roofs of homes in Chatty extensions 3, 4 & 6, which forms part of the Zanemvula Housing Project. The project was a local reaction to the global challenges of mitigating climate change, the eradication of energy poverty, and was meant to support renewable energy projects.
A solar water heater provides water that is heated by the renewable energy of the sun, to households at no cost. The carbon savings are made by using the renewable thermal energy of the sun instead of coal- fueled electricity. This power source is beneficial to the environment because it does not emit carbon dioxide (one of the most important greenhouse gases) into the atmosphere.
In 2009, the initial project goals were to complete 100 000 installations over a period of 5 years, which would result in energy savings of more than 60 Megawatts (MW). After the national power utility, Eskom, offered rebates for 130 000 homes to be installed with solar water heaters, a local company completed installations for 38 000 households by December 2011. No further extension to this roll-out has occurred, but there are hopes that the National Department of Energy will champion the rebate programme for further renewable energy installations.
RESPONSIBLE & SUSTAINABLE TOURISM
Responsible and sustainable tourism is based on the principles of environmental integrity, social justice and maximizing local economic benefits which all add to "making a better place for people to live in and better places for people to visit". The Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) agency has developed guidelines for both tourism operators and tourists alike, to reduce their impact on the environment. Click on the following links to learn more about how to be a responsible tourist or tourism operator.
a) Responsible Tourism
In 2011 the NMBM developed the Green Procurement Implementation Strategy (GPIS) in order to assist the Municipality’s procurement of goods and services with the least environmental impact. This strategy undertook a legislative framework assessment, which identified local and international laws and acts which support sustainable procurement, as well as identifying South African and international initiatives. International product specifications and certifications were also studied in order to inform an understanding of how to incorporate environmental criteria into purchasing requirements. Green Procurement is one of the tools which can assist in achievement of sustainable development goals within the Municipality.