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Climate partnership with Cape Town

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limiting climate change and mitigating its repercussions

The cities of Munich and Cape Town want to contribute to limiting climate change and mitigating its repercussions by means of exchange of experience and joint activities. Since 2013, they have been cooperating in a joint partnership. For several years, Munich has been committed to combating global climate change and pursues very ambitious goals and programmes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. For the City of Cape Town with more than 3 million inhabitants measures regarding climate protection and climate adaptation are also of great significance. The booming economy and the technical development in South Africa have led to an energy shortage as well as to high energy costs which are almost no longer affordable for the poorer population. At the same time, the consequences of climate change - particularly the changed ocean currents – are already markedly perceptible in the city surrounded by beaches.

Issues such as energy saving, energy efficiency and renewable energies are at the heart of the cooperation as well as climate-friendly mobility and sustainable procurement and consumption. Both cities care about raising the population's awareness for the consequences of climate change. Therefore, a key project within the framework of the partnership is the establishment of a “Smart Living and Building Centre” in Cape Town. This should clearly show innovative alternatives to current lifestyles, advise developers, tenants and owners regarding possibilities to save energy and train crafts people in terms of using new technologies. In doing so, a cooperation with the municipal Munich Building Centre is planned.

The cooperation is supported by the federal support programme “50 Municipal Climate Partnerships by 2015” that finances the work on a joint action programme. In addition to the environmental departments and further departments of both municipal administrations, also universities, environmental organisations and local companies are involved.