UJ looks to the future in proud partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs
In line with the university's brand promise to always rethink and reinvent, the UJ Solar Movement has been pushing the boundaries of eco-friendly power and planet-conscious design. This makes our partnership with the Department of Environmental Affairs a natural fit, a mutually-beneficial combination of know-how, support and funding.
This year, the UJ Alumni Department and the Ministry of Environmental Affairs hosted a public lecture on climate change. The Minister herself, Ms. Edna Molewa was the keynote speaker, and the event provided her with an opportunity to share South Africa's plans for the future ahead of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Conference on Climate Change that took place in Paris this November. "By 2030," the Minister said, "we aim to have decreased fossil energy demand significantly, creating alternative renewables through new technological innovation, good behavioural practices and a public commitment to more efficient, sustainable and equitable energy use."
The vital need for alternative energy highlights the importance of projects like the UJ Solar Movement, and the need for further funding. The UJ Solar Movement represents a holistic approach to the global challenge of climate change by using a multi-disciplinary approach, with the Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment, the Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture, the Faculty of Management and others providing knowledge and input. This multiple stakeholder project is driven by public and private partnerships that support key governmental interventions, and taps into the need for environmental awareness, active community engagement and social entrepreneurship as the world seeks solutions to the problems we face.