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Future Energy Conversations

The Future Energy Conversations bring together thought leaders to discuss the tough questions around energy, climate change and sustainability.

This series hopes to spark conversations for those who want to develop a deeper understanding about the challenges and opportunities associated with these. It also provides a platform for people to share inspiring case studies on the journey to carbon neutrality by 2050.


Hotel Verde, located at the Cape Town International Airport, was the first hotel in Africa to offer 100% offset carbon neutral accommodation and conferencing. In this episode the hotel’s CEO Dawie Meiring shows Mary Haw around the innovative green features that have been implemented. For more information on the sustainability features of the hotel visit

The City of Cape Town is supporting the uptake of eMobility for all and is developing initiatives to drive the growth of this technology in Cape Town so that it can become more accessible and rolled out in the future to benefit all Capetonians. As part of this, the City launched its first solar powered public electric vehicle (EV) charging station in December 2020, donated by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO). In this episode the key role players discuss the installation process and the importance of supporting eMobility. 

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Distributed generation from residential solar rooftop PV is set to become a crucial element of Cape Town’s future electricity grid. In this episode, Mary Haw from the City of Cape Town talk to Louise Scholtz of Urban Futures at the World Wild Fund for Nature (WWF) and Karin Kritzinger from the Centre for Renewable and Sustainable Energy Studies (CRSES)  about the implications distributed generation may have on municipalities, and the role they can play in shaping this energy future.

Spatial development and the way we design and move around cities plays a crucial role in helping municipalities build climate resilience, whilst also meeting their citizens’ basic needs. Peter and Jodi explore how the City of Cape Town is using principles of urban design to create a Cape Town that is more equitable, more resource efficient and more liveable.

Conversations 4: Local company, Fair Cape Dairies, shares the story behind their tagline: ‘Do the Right thing’.  Within each of the three pillars of Sustainability, Animal Welfare, Environmental Welfare and Social Welfare, are a host of initiatives that prioritise the wellbeing of their cows, embed innovations in energy, water and waste and support the vulnerable people in their local community. 

Join the conversation with City of Cape Town’s Lesley Sibanda and locally-based Team Mahali as they talk about net zero carbon buildings and the innovative design that won them a silver medal at the  international Solar Decathlon 2019 competition in Morocco. 

Reshmi Joseph Wolvers, Senior Energy Analyst, GreenCape, in conversation with Lauren Hermanus, Founder and CEO, Adapt. in the second of our

Cape Town Future Energy conversations

Interview with Saliem Fakir

Interview with Saliem Fakir

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Leila Mahomed Weideman, Director: Sustainable Energy Markets, in conversation with Saliem Fakir, Executive Director of the African Climate Foundation.

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