According to the Green Building Council of South Africa, buildings account for a large amount of land and they consume 40% of the world’s energy. Green buildings can reduce this consumption by 30-70%. South Africa has already made notable progress towards converting to more sustainable buildings, with a number of big corporate brands converting their corporate buildings to greener buildings.
The topics of green buildings and sustainable living will form part of the Smart Cities Summit discussions. It’s estimated that in 20 years from now, 60% of people will move to urban areas. It is said that in 2020, South Africa will experience a water crisis and energy prices are expected to increase by more than 53% by the end 2012, raising the issue of load shedding, water shortages and sanitation problems at households. Converting to greener buildings will improve this situation, as environmentally friendly buildings synchronises with the natural features and resources like solar power for energy and automatic underground waste collection, and the collection and filtration of runoff water.
It is a fact that the world’s energy reserves are limited and the current state of traditional energy is questionable. In an effort to alleviate pressure on our current energy sources, alternative methods of generating energy have been explored. Sun for instance is a natural resource we can benefit from, but we are not as good at converting such a precious source into something useful at a reasonable cost. Where does this put us? Will we run out of energy in the next couple of years?
The second Smart Cities Summit will focus on strategy, planning and implementation. Presentation topics include:
- Urban principles for a low carbon world,
- Intelligent water management for smart cities, and
- Environmental sustainability and green initiatives in cities to name a few
We have confirmed speakers from Eskom, Microsoft, City Power and KPMG to name a few.
Simon studied climatology to Honours level at the University of the Witwatersrand. In 1999, after a brief stint as a Geography teacher (Edenvale High), he joined the SABC as a senior consulting climatologist and since then has provided expert comment on climate matters on most of South Africa’s public and private radio stations, as well as producing and presenting weather reports for all of the SABC’s domestic and international television channels.
Sicelo is a professional Engineering Technologist, registered with the Engineering the Engineering Council of South Africa and has 15 years of engineering experience. He joined Eskom in 1994 and worked his way up to Senior Technologist working as a Maintenance Management Specialist. In 2002 Mr Xulu joined City Power as a Transmission Senior Engineer, and currently holds the position of Managing Director of City Power.
John worked at Eskom for 26 years in both the Financial and Commercial environments. John was the manager in charge of the development and implementation of Special Power Contracts with major customers from 1991 until 1998. During 1998 his focus was increased to include both electricity sales and energy services. Over the last eight years John’s focus has been primarily on the development of an energy services business within Eskom. John joined the IDM Division of Eskom in 2007 and is a Manager in the Business Development Department.
Attend the Smart Cities Summit on 30 & 31 October 2012 in Johannesburg and join in the discussions. Book your seat now and use the special reference code ‘GREENTIMES001’ to qualify for the special rate of R6600.00 (excluding VAT).