Projects

We undertake projects that facilitate sustainable and liveable communities

 

Projects

We undertake projects that facilitate sustainable and liveable communities

Recent Projects

Some of our recent projects are showcased below.

Small Scale Embedded Energy Generation Application Platform

Urban Earth is contracted by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) and the GIZ South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN) to develop an online platform that streamlines the application process for Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) and larger Embedded Generation (EG). Due to the rapid increase in municipalities that allow the installation and connection of SSEG and EG (from solar photovoltaic systems) to their electricity distribution grids, the manual application process of submitting hard-copy forms has become obsolete in efficiently processing applications. Therefore, by working closely with Blue Sky Solutions, a modern web-based interface will provide a streamlined application process for customers and installers and will facilitate easy application assessments by municipal officials.

local government climate change support workshop
appliance energy saving

Municipal Energy Management Systems

Urban Earth was contracted by the GFA Consulting Group GmbH to support the implementation of Phase 3 of the GIZ South African-German Energy Programme (“SAGEN-3”). During SAGEN-3, Urban Earth developed a toolkit for municipalities in South Africa to assist them to establish their own Municipal Energy Management System (MEMS) to manage their internal energy demand. The toolkit consists of 15 guidelines (including audio and video versions), 7 factsheets and 18 templates for establishing each of the seven components of a MEMS. Through SAGEN-3, Urban Earth helped six South African municipalities to establish MEMS through the preparation of energy mapping frameworks, energy monitoring frameworks and internal energy policies for the municipalities. Urban Earth also helped each municipality to revise their energy-related organisational structures and procedures. In addition, Urban Earth identified implementable energy-efficiency interventions for each municipality and ran workshops to build capacity in each municipality.

LGCCS Climate Finance Training Course

Urban Earth developed and facilitated a climate finance training course for municipal government officials on the theory and practice of accessing climate finance as part of Phase 5 of the Local Government Climate Change Support (LGCCS) Program. Urban Earth was contracted by the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and GIZ to develop a training course on climate finance project preparation and then run the training course for municipal government officials from the South African Provinces of the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Northern Cape, as well as from three other metropolitan municipalities and four other intermediate cities.

local government climate change support workshop
appliance energy saving

Climate Emergency Training Course

Urban Earth developed a ten module on-line climate emergency training course for eThekwini Municipality in partnership with the C40 finance facility. Urban Earth designed the curriculum for the course and developed the content of the seven email lessons and three online webinars. Urban Earth also piloted the course with 23 municipal officials in eThekwini Municipality. The course was well received by participants and will now be implemented by eThekwini Municipal staff going forward.

National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Urban Earth was contracted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development as an Adaptation Planning Advisor, responsible for providing technical support to the South African Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in advancing adaptation action in South Africa. Urban Earth’s assisted with the final revision of the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in response to stakeholder comments, the organisation of a week long technical climate change training course for provincial and national government officials and the drafting of a Resource Mobilisation Strategy for the NCCAS.

local government climate change support workshop
appliance energy saving

Appliance Energy Saving Website

Urban Earth developed a website for the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Labelling Project in 2018. The purpose of the website was to educate consumers on the new minimum performance standards for energy efficient appliances and to encourage consumers to adopt more energy efficient appliances. Urban Earth also developed a mobile app which allows customers to calculate and compare the energy usage and carbon emissions from different appliances.

EThekwini Municipality: Durban’s Resilience Strategy

Urban Earth was contracted by eThekwini Municipality to provide support to Durban’s internal 100RC Project Management Team, as part of Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. The purpose of Durban’s 100RC Programme was the development of Durban’s Resilience Strategy. Urban Earth’s role was to assist in the investigating and researching of the two Resilience Building Options (RBOs) as well as to assist and support with stakeholder engagement and the drafting of Durban’s Resilience Strategy.

durban resilience strategy 2017
Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Urban Earth was contracted by GIZ to develop communication resources to assist municipalities in understanding opportunities and challenges in the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) space. Urban Earth’s role in the project was to write and design the booklets as well as to draft a summary of key issues in the electricity distribution sector in South Africa as a SALGA Energy Summit reference guide.

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Small Scale Embedded Energy Generation Application Platform

Urban Earth is contracted by Sustainable Energy Africa (SEA) and the GIZ South African-German Energy Programme (SAGEN) to develop an online platform that streamlines both the solar Small-Scale Embedded Generation (SSEG) and larger Embedded Generation (EG) application process. Due to the rapid increase in municipalities that allow SSEG, the manual application process of submitting hard-copy forms has become obselete in effeciently processing applications. Therefore, by working closely with Blue Sky Solutions, a modern online via web-based interface will provide a streamlined application process for customers and installers and facilitate easy application assessment by municipal officials.

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Municipal Energy Management Systems

Urban Earth was contracted by the GFA Consulting Group GmbH to support the implementation of Phase 3 of the GIZ South African-German Energy Programme (“SAGEN-3”). During SAGEN-3, Urban Earth developed a toolkit for municipalities in South Africa to assist them to establish their own Municipal Energy Management System (MEMS) to manage their internal energy demand. The toolkit consists of 15 guidelines (including audio and video versions), 7 factsheets and 18 templates for establishing each of the seven components of a MEMS. Through SAGEN-3, Urban Earth helped six South African municipalities to establish MEMS through the preparation of energy mapping frameworks, energy monitoring frameworks and internal energy policies for the municipalities. Urban Earth also helped each municipality to revise their energy-related organisational structures and procedures. In addition, Urban Earth identified implementable energy-efficiency interventions for each municipality and ran workshops to build capacity in each municipality.

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

LGCCS Climate Finance Training Course

Urban Earth developed and facilitated a climate finance training course for municipal government officials on the theory and practice of accessing climate finance as part of Phase 5 of the Local Government Climate Change Support (LGCCS) Program. Urban Earth was contracted by the South African Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE) and GIZ to develop a training course on climate finance project preparation and then run the training course for municipal government officials from the South African Provinces of the Eastern Cape, Free State, KwaZulu-Natal, and Northern Cape, as well as from three other metropolitan municipalities and four other intermediate cities.

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Climate Emergency Training Course

Urban Earth developed a ten module on-line climate emergency training course for eThekwini Municipality in partnership with the C40 finance facility. Urban Earth designed the curriculum for the course and developed the content of the seven email lessons and three online webinars. Urban Earth also piloted the course with 23 municipal officials in eThekwini Municipality. The course was well received by participants and will now be implemented by eThekwini Municipal staff going forward.

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy

Urban Earth was contracted by the International Institute for Sustainable Development as an Adaptation Planning Advisor, responsible for providing technical support to the South African Department of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries in advancing adaptation action in South Africa. Urban Earth’s assisted with the final revision of the National Climate Change Adaptation Strategy in response to stakeholder comments, the organisation of a week long technical climate change training course for provincial and national government officials and the drafting of a Resource Mobilisation Strategy for the NCCAS.

Appliance saving energy website south africa

Appliance Energy Saving Website

Urban Earth developed a website for the Department of Energy’s Appliance Standards and Labelling Project in 2018. The purpose of the website was to educate consumers on the new minimum performance standards for energy efficient appliances and to encourage consumers to adopt more energy efficient appliances. Urban Earth also developed a mobile app which allows customers to calculate and compare the energy usage and carbon emissions from different appliances.

Durban Resilience Stategy 2017

EThekwini Municipality: Durban’s Resilience Strategy

Urban Earth was contracted by eThekwini Municipality to provide support to Durban’s internal 100RC Project Management Team, as part of Durban’s 100 Resilient Cities (100RC) Programme. The purpose of Durban’s 100RC Programme was the development of Durban’s Resilience Strategy. Urban Earth’s role was to assist in the investigating and researching of the two Resilience Building Options (RBOs) as well as to assist and support with stakeholder engagement and the drafting of Durban’s Resilience Strategy.

Renewable energy scenarios for municipalities in South Africa

Municipal Sustainable Energy Booklets

Urban Earth was contracted by GIZ to develop communication resources to assist municipalities in understanding opportunities and challenges in the renewable energy (RE) and energy efficiency (EE) space. Urban Earth’s role in the project was to write and design the booklets as well as to draft a summary of key issues in the electricity distribution sector in South Africa as a SALGA Energy Summit reference guide.

All Projects

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