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Sustainable Development Policies and Measures and International Climate Agreements

"This chapter has outlined several ideas and parameters for formalizing SD-PAMs in the context of the broader evolution of the climate change regime. A number of elements are likely to required, including definition of eligible types of SD-PAMs, ...

Carbon Capture and Storage in South Africa

"South Africa, a developing country with an energy economy dominated by coal, has potential for carbon capture and storage (CCS). Given its strong commitment to sustainable development, the country may want tounderstand the implications of this cl...

Putting a Price on Carbon : Economic Instruments to Mitigate Climate Change in South Africa and Other Developing Countries

"The papers in this proceedings address a variety of themes in this area: emissions trading, carbon taxes, fiscal and non-fiscal instruments, policy and institutional dimensions, and lessons from the Clean Development Mechanism. There has been e...

Long Term Mitigation Scenarios Technical Report

"South Africa is an active participant in the international process of combating climate change and regulating the emissions of greenhouse gases. We are signatories to the United Nations Framework Convention on climate change as well as the Kyoto ...

Energy Development and Climate Change: Decarbonising Growth in South Africa

"This paper presents a case study of human development and climate change in South Africa. It starts by outlining the key development challenges that the country faces and the history of recent responses in development policy. Section 2 hones in o...

Economics of Climate Change: Context and Concepts Related to Mitigation

"Climate change is increasingly seen as not only an environmental issue, but a deeply economic one. ‘Climate change presents a unique challenge for economics: it is the greatest and widest ranging market failure ever seen’. Markets are failing to ...

The Effect of Response Measures to Climate Change on South Africa’s Economy and Trade

"The South African economy derives much of its growth from production related to the energy intensive sectors of its economy. As a non-Annex-I country, South Africa has no binding commitment to reduce its greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions by a quantifi...

International Requirements for Transparency of Mitigation Actions

"Transparency of mitigation actions is an important element of the climate change regime, as negotiated under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC). The focus of this report is to provide a concise description of the o...

A Comparative Analysis of Emerging Institutional Arrangements for Domestic MRV in Developing Countries

"In brief, this paper presents key findings from the literature on MRV, specifically on the design and implementation of domestic MRV systems. It discusses the various domestic MRV schemes that were presented in our workshop, in terms of the cont...

Comments on the Carbon Tax Policy Paper issued by National Treasury in May 2013

"Climate change is real and already being observed – and it is a problem with some specific features. Climate change is a long-term problem requiring urgent solutions. For South Africa and globally, it is primarily an energy problem, that is, redu...

South African Approaches to Measuring, Reporting and Verifying: A Scoping Report

"The South African government announced its intention to make emissions data reporting mandatory for emitters of more than a 0.1Mt of greenhouse gases per year in the 2011 National Climate Change Response White Paper. The government intends to est...

MRV of Non GHG Aspects of Mitigation Actions: Developing an Approach in the South African Context

"Climate change mitigation actions compete with other developmental actions for scarce resources, however climate change mitigation and sustainable development should not be seen as mutually exclusive or competing objectives. Mitigation actions in...

Assessing the Effectiveness of National Solar and Wind Energy Policies in South Africa

"The report assesses the progress made on renewable energy deployment for the solar and wind technologies over the last 12 years in South Africa. First the report assesses the potential contribution solar water heaters (SWHs), concentrating solar ...

South African Approaches to Measuring, Reporting and Verifying: A Scoping Report

"The South African government announced its intention to make emissions data reporting mandatory for emitters of more than a 0.1Mt of greenhouse gases per year in the 2011 National Climate Change Response White Paper. The government intends to est...

Large-Scale Rollout of Concentrating Solar Power in South Africa

"As part of Climate Strategies ‘International Support for Domestic Climate Policies’ project this paper assesses the large-scale rollout of CSP in South Africa. Described as a Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA), the scale of CSP deplo...

External Cost of Electricity Generation: Contribution to the Integrated Resource Plan 2 for Electricity

"The international studies on energy externalities and the local studies in South Africa suggest that the high impact areas for power generation are impacts of climate change and health impacts of outdoor air pollution. Climate change impacts are...

Qualitative Assessment of Municipal Water Resource Management Strategies under Climate Impacts: the Case of the Northern Cape, South Africa

"This paper considers existing coping strategies in times of climate variability and proposes long term strategies for dealing with future projected climate change and variability. A qualitative strategy assessment methodology is proposed and te...

Long Term Mitigation Scenarios Technical Summary

"Climate change and its projected impacts provide a powerful reminder of why we are engaging in the Long-Term Mitigation Scenario process in the first place. The IPCC recently concluded that significant, predominantly negative impacts on human soc...

A Status Quo, Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment of the Physical and Socio-Economic Effects of Climate Change in the Western Cape

"Clear evidence of the early signs of anthropogenic climate change are evident in the temperature record in the Western Cape, and that rainfall trends, though more variable, also suggest some shifts in the “normal” climate regime. We suggest furth...

Possible Climate Change Impacts on Large Hydroelectricity Schemes in Southern Africa

"There is growing concern that developing countries, such as South Africa, should reduce their coal dependence for energy generation and look to other cleaner technologies. Hydroelectricity is one such option. A number of potential large hydro sit...

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