The City of Cape Town in South Arica and the City of Munich in Germany have partnered to drive five key areas for joint climate action under the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development’s 50 Municipal Climate Partnerships programme. This partnership forms part of an agreement which has been signed between the African and German city partners.
The programme supports cooperative integration and information sharing between German and global south cities and towns to address the challenges of climate change.
‘This is an exciting partnership for Cape Town, which builds on the Bavarian and Western Cape partnership. These partnerships and the joint development and implementation of projects support the City of Cape Town’s path to a more sustainable future,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe.
The focus of the Cape Town and Munich partnership is on sustainable energy transitions. The five key areas for joint action include:
- the establishment of a Smart Building and Living Centre in Cape Town, in partnership with the Munich Bauzentrum (building centre). It is foreseen that this will be a major public facility focused on Cape Town’s future development as a greener more sustainable city
- the promotion of non-motorised transport in Cape Town and Munich via a Twin Bike Capitals Partnership
- sustainable public procurement which will entail the cities jointly developing common guidelines and implementation systems to promote and support greener procurement – from vehicle fleets to paper purchasing, from new building development and retrofits to power purchase. The City of Cape Town is furthermore a founding member of the Network for Sustainable Public Procurement, which was signed in Seoul, South Korea in April 2015
- developing a secure, diversified and low-carbon energy supply system: the City of Munich has a long history of supporting small-scale embedded generation. It also is committed to investing in owning power plants/having power purchase agreements such that the municipal government has better control over pricing and over generation. Munich is committed to 100% renewable energy to meet energy demand by 2025. Munich will be the first city in the world to achieve this target should they do so. Cape Town and Munich will exchange experience on diversified energy models (financial and technical), necessary legal framework conditions, and promotion of embedded generation
- making urban river corridors sustainable. Munich has transformed its main river (the Isar) into an ecologically sustainable mobility corridor (for bikes and pedestrians). The City of Cape Town will use this experience in the redevelopment of the Sand River system, which the City, in partnership with ICLEI, is launching as the Source-to-Sea Project.