ZUTARI ASSISTS AFRICAN CITIES TO RESPOND TO CLIMATE CHANGE
In Africa and the developing world, there is increasing acknowledgement of the importance of mitigating climate change risk. A key finding in the recently released Sixth Assessment Report by the International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) is that the latest climate modelling studies for Africa reveal that the likely increase in temperature due to climate change is higher than for previous models.
This is particularly relevant for inland cities such as Johannesburg and Nairobi, which face an additional risk of increasing temperatures due to being inland and as a result of the urban heat island effect, increasing risk of precipitation and flooding and in some cases, drought.
The UN will soon host the 26th Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP) in Glasgow, Scotland, and this will bring together a range of global stakeholders to accelerate implementation of the goals of the Paris Agreement, which aims to limit the increase in global average temperatures to two degrees C above pre-industrial levels, while pursuing efforts to keep the increase to below 1.5 degrees C.
This has motivated cities like Johannesburg to set more ambitious climate change targets and its Climate Action Plan (CAP) aims for net-zero emissions and a resilient city by 2050. Prior to the Paris Agreement, the CAP noted that the city was already at the forefront of low carbon development and resilience planning. Its long-term vision, known as the 2040 Growth and Development Strategy, made provision for a resilient, liveable, sustainable urban environment, compatible with a healthy, natural environment and underpinned by infrastructure supportive of a low-carbon economy.
Zutari’s involvement with the CAP report was a showcase of its broader climate change capabilities, which the firm sees as a definite area of growth and development.