DURBAN GREENHOUSE GAS EMMISSIONS INCREASING
By: Gift Nyamapfene
Latest research shows that Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Durban are on the rise.
A Green House Gas Emissions Inventory (GHGEI) for 2012 published Thursday states that the total greenhouse gas emissions for Durban have increased by 8.3% since 2010. In order for Durban to reduce its emissions in line with the national reduction targets that have been set, there is a need for all sectors to start to reduce their emissions in Durban, the report states.
Senior Manager at the municipal Energy Office, Derek Morgan, said “We are improving our data collection every year with this inventory being the most accurate to date.”
The municipality contracted Ward-Karlson Consulting CC to address data gaps identified in the 2011 GHGEI. The work included reviewing existing data sources and developing data collection systems for the use of coal, coke and refinery gas.
“Previously we only had rough estimates of how much emission was the result of coal being burnt in the City. This year we have a much clearer idea,” said Morgan.
Total emissions for 2012 are estimated to be around 29,360,395 tons of Carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e), which translates to 2,294,110 tons of CO2e (8%) more than the 2010 baseline and 1,710,996 tons of CO2e (6%) more than the 2011 inventory.
According to the inventory, the municipality sector produces 5.2% of the total emissions. The largest emitter of Greenhouse Gases is electricity consumption with 3.8% of the total emissions. 2.4% of the emissions are from transmission and distribution losses.
Climate change is feared to mostly affect poor communities in Durban.
Deputy Head of the Environmental Planning and Climate Protection Department at eThekwini Municipality, Dr Debra Roberts said, “Vulnerable communities will be the most at risk from future climate change impacts and it is essential that the ecological infrastructure and natural resources that the communities depend on are preserved.”