For one week –19– 23 October – Cape Town will become one of the greenest business cities on Earth as the City of Cape Town joins hands with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and a range of partner organizations for an action-packed Green Week – a week in which the Cape Town Partnership will also launch it’s Sustainable Cape Town Programme.
Cape Town’s Green Week will put the Cape Town Central City at the centre of the global sustainable business revolution just six weeks ahead of a crucial United Nations Climate Change summit, the COP 15, in Denmark, when the governments of the world will attempt to negotiate a new agreement for reducing greenhouse gas emissions.
Piet Van Zyl, Executive Director of Strategy and Planning at the City of Cape Town commented:
“As a green pioneer city in Africa, Cape Town is honoured to host this important cluster of “green” events in October. Cape Town is a leading global destination for sustainability-related events and tourism, and we are encouraged to see how the business world is taking green issues on board. During that week the City will be launching green building guidelines which will guide resource efficiency improvements in new and existing buildings, and help build a low carbon future for Cape Town.”
One of the main events of the week will be the first-ever Global Roundtable in Africa at the Cape Town International Convention Centre on 22-23 October 2009. The Roundtable is organised by UNEP’s Financial Initiative, the largest and oldest partnership between the UN system and the world of banking, insurance and investment..
Hundreds of financiers, investors, business leaders, built environment and property professionals from around the world and across Africa, joined by green groups, will gather at the Convention Centre (October 19-23) for a week-long series of events exploring how a green approach to business can create jobs, protect the environment and build better, fairer communities with towns and cities that work. Another milestone for Cape Town’s sustainability legacy will the the launch of a new energy efficiency standard by the Green Business Council South Africa
Partnering organisations supporting Cape Town Green Week include: the City of Cape Town; the United Nations Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI); The Cape Town Partnership; Banking Association of South Africa (BASA); Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA); Africa investor (Ai); Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP), National Business Initiative (NBI); and Cape Town International Convention Centre(CTICC). Other organisations and initiatives are welcome to back Cape Town Green Week.