Cape Town - A suggestion has been made for government officials to go through a "mandatory energy efficient education."
In the same vein, Parliament in Cape Town and Pretoria's Union Buildings have been called upon to take the lead in energy saving.
Government has also been urged to stop the "urban sprawl" and have a coordinated approach on achieving energy efficiency.
This came out earlier on Tuesday during presentations to Parliament's Portfolio Committee on Energy by various built industry players, such as the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and the Council for the Built Industry (CBE).
The meeting came at a time when the country and the global community is preparing for the much anticipated COP17 Climate Change talks later this year in Durban.
Dr Llewellyn van Wyk of CSIR argued that there were 10 things the government had to do in order to win the fight on energy-saving.
These, he said, included moving away from "urban sprawl" to integrated urban development and investing in alternative energy as well as innovative and bio-composite materials.