Landfills and wastewater treatment plants generate methane, a potent greenhouse gas (GHG), from decomposing organic waste and wastewater treatment processes, respectively. What if there were ways to reduce GHG emissions while simultaneously creating renewable energy? And what if there were additional benefits beyond reducing emissions and creating energy?
According to USAID’s Southern Africa’s Climate Change Risk Profile, “Changes in water quality and availability will be the dominant changes seen under a new climate.” The sensitivity of livelihoods and economies to these changes, together with a lack of access to drinking water (and contamination of existing supply), threatens water security and resilience in a region where water demands are rising in response to an increasing population.
The objective of this guide is to develop a short, conceptual approach for sub-national spheres of government, and municipalities in particular, for the financial evaluation of low emissions development (LED) projects.
One of the challenges that policymakers face in promoting and justifying low emissions development (LED) or ‘green economy’ projects is effectively articulating and quantifying the positive socio-economic benefits that LED projects produce.
South Africa—the third most biodiverse country in the world—is home to more than 95,000 known species and a diverse range of biomes, from forests to deserts to river delta systems and more. The rich biodiversity of these natural areas plays an important role in the South African Government’s progressive green economy agenda, as it recognizes that those areas provide a wide range of ecosystem services for its people, including food, water, clean air, medicine, resources for livelihoods, recreation, and energy to power daily life and industry.
As part of its support to various municipalities and organizations in South Africa in mainstreaming low emissions development, the South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) Program supported Blue Karoo Trust, a fish farm specializing in breeding catfish as an alternative to pilchards to sell commercially.
Khangezile Primary School in South Africa was one of four schools chosen by Earthlife Africa, an environmental justice organization, to have renewable energy technology installed in the school as part of the Sustainable Energy and Livelihoods project.
To help the Government of South Africa reduce its waste footprint in a sustainable way that aligns with the green economy vision in its National Development Plan 2030, the USAID South Africa Low Emissions Development (SA-LED) program developed the South Africa Waste Management Decision-Making Tool.