03 Sep 2019
Manfred Braune, the University of Cape Townʼs (UCT) new director of environmental sustainability, is working towards reducing the university’s energy consumption to achieve close to net-zero carbon emissions in the 2030-2050 period, cbn.co.za reports.
This will be achieved through using less electricity from the South African grid – which will also in turn save the university millions of rands annually.
According to cbn.co.za, the sustainability plan will consist of:
Additionally, a study is being carried out to discern which buildings are most appropriate for solar PV installations.
The university has long focused its efforts on environmentally-friendly practices, having implemented energy-efficient heat pumps to replace electric hot water boilers over the past 10 years. It also carried out energy audits in some buildings and brought energy-efficient lighting fixtures to one of the buildings.
In 2012, the university also pledged to use green designs for all new buildings, certified by the Green Building Council South Africa.