The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) South African Low Emissions Development Programme (SA-LED) continues to work towards reducing greenhouse gasses by providing free technical assistance to municipalities in South Africa.
The program promotes vibrant low emissions development through GHG mitigation technical and capacity interventions. USAID SA-LED’s key offerings are technical assistance to reduce GHG emissions in the renewable energy, energy efficiency, sustainable waste, transport and agriculture sectors.
SA-LED collaboratively designs low emissions development solutions to support service delivery and increase development impact. The program responds directly to the Government’s low-carbon and Green Economy goals through a partnership with the National Departments of Environmental Affairs and Science and Technology.
Within the Eden District Municipality, USAID SA-LED already works with the District Municipality and George and Knysna Local Municipality. For the District Municipality, a waste map is being compiled to divert organic waste from landfill while in the local municipalities collaboration involves Green Waste Water Treatment Works and Solar Yield analysis.
A call-to-action for municipalities is to contact USAID SA-LED for technical assistance. Ms Christelle Beyers, the Senior Project Development Specialist, said: “We decided to attend the Green Energy Summit with the purpose of identifying municipalities who could collaborate with us shortly. Possible additional partnerships with District municipalities will provide us with the opportunity to add to the outcomes of the Green Energy Summit”.
Caption (Credit Eden District MUnicipality) – During the second day of the Summit, Ms Christelle Beyers, the Senior Project Development Specialist, explains what USAID SA-LED has to offer to Local Government.