What is the purpose of GCHIP?
The website is an information sharing platform to inform stakeholders of current trends in Green House Gas (GHG) emissions, key indicators of emissions, and any current and on-going developments on climate change mitigation and adaptation. The purpose of the website is therefore, through the provision of relevant information, to promote increased awareness of climate change mitigation and adaptation challenges in province. This improved access to information on GHG emissions and climate change response activities will assist in creating and maintaining a platform that will provide relevant, easily accessible information to support the provinces goals for effective climate change response.
What are the functions of the website?
The function of the site is to provide information on climate change as it relates to Gauteng province by:
- Annual reports of GHG emissions from the National Atmospheric Emissions Inventory System (NAEIS) once it is fully operational
- Summary reports of GHG emissions for the province updated on an annual basis. This information can be used to highlight present critical trends and data gaps. The Information presented can be easily communicated for state of environment reporting
- The provision of other reports, strategies and policies related to climate change
- Alerts and documents to highlight the province’s climate change response activities
- Links to useful websites (such as the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA) NAEIS)
- Data provider database (to be established)
- Alerts on capacity building, draft reports or updates on the data (e.g. NAEIS)
What is climate change?
‘Climate change’ refers to a change in the state of the climate that can be identified (e.g., using statistical tests) by changes in the mean and/or the variability of its properties, and that persists for an extended period, typically decades or longer. Climate change may be due to internal processes and/or external forcings. Some external influences, such as changes in solar radiation and volcanism, occur naturally and contribute to the total natural variability of the climate system. Other external changes, such as the change in composition of the atmosphere that began with the industrial revolution, are the result of human activity. (International Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), 2007, p.667)