In response to growing climate change concerns and an imperative to transition to sustainability, the City of Johannesburg through its Development Planning Department is in the process of drafting a policy to guide the development of green buildings within the City. The aim of the City’s first Green Building Policy is to promote resource efficiency and set high-performance standards for all new buildings within Johannesburg’s built environment, on a pathway towards a low carbon future.

Accelerating the transition of Johannesburg to a sustainable city is central to service delivery and growth- and the health and well-being of our communities and citizens.

Although the City of Johannesburg has continuously been improving service delivery in key sectors, including energy, waste management, water and sanitation, and public transport, the challenges are exacerbated by rapid urbanization and population growth in a city still struggling with the legacy of apartheid spatial development. This results in an inefficient city across sectors, increased greenhouse gas emissions and over-reliance on limited natural non-renewable resources and increased vulnerability to shocks. This not only severely limits the City’s economic growth potential, but impacts the quality of life of all citizens. The poor remains the most vulnerable and the result is deepening poverty affecting the majority of the City’s residents.

Climate change is one of the major challenges affecting global society. The main concern related to climate change is global warming, which is based on a ‘greenhouse’ effect. Commitment and decisive, effective action is required to reach global commitments that will limit future warming to below 1.5 °C. South Africa, and the major metropolitan cities in the country, including Johannesburg, have committed to addressing climate change, through finding new ways to balance development priorities with efforts to reduce the resource, energy and carbon intensity of our economy. South Africa is ranked among the top 20 countries measured by absolute carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions, with emissions per capita in the region of 10 metric tons per annum. Gauteng estimated its CO2 emissions for 2030 to be a third of the national emissions trajectory. This is being driven primarily by the electricity intensive economy responsible for about one third of South Africa’s energy consumption and GDP.

The biggest opportunities for emissions reduction can only be realized through a significant transition in urban form, energy sources, transportation and resource efficiency. The built environment (i.e. urban form) produces a third of the world’s carbon dioxide emissions and, thus, needs to be at the forefront of efforts to drastically reduce the amount of CO2 generated.


 Town Planning Month
Green Buildings Proposed Programme
Microsoft Teams

Time Item Responsibility
09h30- 10h00 Test run of the link Sibo and Lelethu
10h00 –10h05 Rules of the house Lelethu
10h05 – 10h25 Opening and Welcome MMC Lawrence Khoza
10h25 – 10h40 Council of Scientific and Industrial Research Presentation Coralie Van Reenen
10h40 – 10h55 Consensus Building CALL to Action! David Gardner
10h55 – 11h10 CoJ City Transformation Presentation Azola Zulu
11h10 – 11h30 CoJ Building Development Management Presentation Maruping Broderick Chiloane
11h30 – 11:45 Professional Architect Presentation Marc Sherratt
11h45 – 12h00 United Nations Environment Cecilia Kinuthia-Njenga
12h00 – 12h50 Q&A and discussions Attendees
12h50 – 13h00 Closing Remarks Cllr Graham de Kock