V&A Waterfront screens solar-powered show for Earth Hour

Earth Hour is an annual global event highlighting the environmental challenges facing our planet and is celebrated on the last Saturday in March for one hour from 8:30pm to 9:30pm local time. During that hour people are encouraged to switch off their lights as a symbolic gesture of unity to reflect on our impact on the planet as part of a global citizen movement of positive change for the environment. This year, the V&A Waterfront is working with Sunshine Cinema, a solar-powered mobile cinema, to host their first solar-powered Earth Hour event. By using solar energy and battery packs, Sunshine […]

Good reasons for energy efficiency in your tourism business

Rising input costs – you’re not alone As a tourism business owner, you may wonder if you alone are feeling the bite of rising costs – electricity, water and fuel among them. According to the TBCSA Tourism Business Index for the first quarter of 2016, the cost of inputs contributed a whopping 56% to tourism business performance – sadly negatively, not positively. This trend was also forecast to continue into the second quarter, and the rising cost of electricity was mentioned separately as an additional factor that would negatively affect business performance. Although the issues of high overheads were soon […]

Applications for the 2016 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards now open

Applications for the 2016 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards are now open and close on 13 September. The Energy Efficiency Forum Awards aims to commend excellence in energy efficiency in in Cape Town, in recognition of the great lengths businesses have gone to to improve the energy efficiency of their commercial buildings and operations, which helps to improve energy security and affordability and lower Cape Town’s carbon footprint. The Energy Efficiency Forum partners aim to recognise those achievers who are leading in this sector, and to encourage businesses to continue reducing their energy consumption. Applications are judged on their implementation of significant energy efficiency interventions, including […]

Making responsible tourism a team challenge

Team work is dream work The Lodge at Atlantic Beach has an established management and staff team. Chantal Steward has been managing it now for almost ten years, and the most recent addition to the staff has been working at the lodge for four years. This is an enviable position for a tourism business to be in as there’s none of the high staff turnover characteristic of tourism businesses. After many years on the job, staff know the ins-and-outs of their jobs, work efficiently and are more aware of issues in the business. Many of these issues become a team […]

City’s EE Forum Awards promote energy efficient businesses during electricity supply shortage

Nominations are now invited for the 2015 Energy Efficiency Forum Awards for Cape Town’s commercial sector. The City of Cape Town and its Forum partners, Eskom and the South African Property Owners Association, created this annual Energy Efficiency Forum Award to recognise excellence in energy efficiency interventions and to inspire and encourage businesses to take further action. Read more below: In the context of the national electricity supply shortage, rising electricity tariffs and our high carbon footprint, energy efficiency has increasing relevance. ‘The cost of load-shedding for business in Cape Town is high, and the Energy Efficiency Forum is one […]

City of Cape Town to host ‘indaba’ on Sustainable Tourism and Energy

The City of Cape Town will again host its popular Tourism Cities @ Indaba Seminar in Durban on 12 May 2013, coinciding with Indaba 2013. Nombulelo Mkefa, Director of Tourism, says “The Tourism Cities @ Indaba Seminar is a forum for South African and international tourism practitioners to interact and share information, experiences and best practices on responsible tourism in urban areas. It is also a showcase of Cape Town, South Africa and Africa as leaders in Responsible Tourism.“ The theme this year is “Sustainable Energy & Tourism ”. Fitting then that Deidre Shurland, coordinator of the United Nations Environmental Programme […]

Peninsula All-Suite Hotel and Responsible Tourism Pilot

  Congratulations to the Peninsula All Suites Hotel with continued monitoring, reporting and RT initiatives. Energy Efficiency Lighting We recently did a sample suite replacing the existing light bulbs with LED light bulbs measuring the light levels and checking for ambiance.  In November 2012 all the existing light bulbs in the suites, public areas, corridors, offices and back of house areas will be replaced with LED light bulbs.  After extensive testing and consultation, each area will be replaced with the LED light bulb that best suits that particular area.  This will further offset our carbon footprint as well as achieving […]

Ocean View House and the Responsible Tourism Pilot Project

Congratulations to the Ocean View House on the submission of RT monitoring, profile and policy statements as a participant of the RT Pilot Project. Ocean View House is a luxury boutique Guest House situated in a perfect location in Camps Bay, offering exceptional first class bed and breakfast accommodation, service and facilities. The 17 beautifully appointed rooms enjoy ocean views whether from the suite’s own terrace or its balcony, and some even have mountain views. The rooms are designer decorated in a modern contemporary African style whereby every suite is different and unique. In Early 2011 we embarked on a […]

Cape Town working towards a Carbon Neutral future

The City of Cape Town has taken another step towards the fostering of green energy and reducing Cape Town’s carbon footprint. The Mayoral Committee has recommended to Council that it establishes an Energy & Climate Change Committee at its Council meeting on Thursday 26 April. This committee will ensure that Cape Town’s energy plan reduces the City’s carbon footprint according to set targets and timelines with the goal of making the city carbon neutral. This will be achieved through the promotion of green energies, as well as improvements in Cape Town’s energy efficiency relating to industrial, commercial and domestic consumption of […]

City of Cape Town turns off the lights in support of Earth Hour 2012

The City of Cape Town will be switching off the lights on Table Mountain and in its own buildings for one hour in support of the World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour 2012, which takes place on Saturday 31 March from 20:30 to 21:30 (local time). “The City will join hundreds of millions of people, businesses and governments from around the world in support of this initiative – the largest environmental event in history, and we are asking our residents to do the same,” says Alderman Belinda Walker, Mayoral Committee Member for Economic, Environmental & Spatial Planning. More than 5 […]

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