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Energy Policies for Sustainable Development in South Africa: Options for the Future

"Over the 25-year time frame considered here, energy efficiency makes the greatest impact when seen against indicators of sustainable development. Industrial efficiency, in particular, shows significant savings in energy and costs, with reductions...

Clean Energy and Development for South Africa: Background data

“The study has three main objectives, firstly to update both the models and the data developed and captured during the first integrated energy planning process. Secondly, to project future scenarios for the South African energy system and determi...

Clean Energy and Development for South Africa : Results

"The objective of this document is to report on the scenarios considered and compare the costs and social impacts using the sustainability indicators. The scenarios reported on are the energy efficiency improvements in the commercial, industrial,...

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...

Energy Policies for Sustainable Development in South Africa

"As the 21st century begins, South Africa faces important challenges in its energy development path. On the one hand, the challenges of development are urgent. Basic services need to be provided to large parts of the population, notably black peo...

Aligning South African Energy and Climate Change Mitigation Policy

"This paper considers the alignment of energy policy in South Africa with the Cabinet’s mitigation vision of a ‘peak, plateau and decline’ greenhouse gas emissions trajectory to 2050. First, the term ‘policy’ is defined as having a number of compo...

Renewable Energy Technologies for Poverty Alleviation South Africa: Biodiesel and Solar Water Heaters

"In this report, two RE technologies – solar water heaters (SWHs) and biodiesel – have been identified where renewable energy could make a significant contribution towards poverty alleviation in terms of improving the general welfare of households...

Factors Influencing the Societal Acceptance of New, Renewable and Energy Efficiency Technologies: Meta-Analysis of Recent European Projects

"The paper addresses the conditions for the successful introduction of sustainable energy technology projects in different geographic, institutional and cultural contexts. Our aim is to identify contextual and process-related factors influencing ...

An Economic Framework for Energy Transitions

"There is special interest in the patterns of fuel use among low-income rural communities and their transition from one form of energy use pattern to another. Understanding energy transitions will help in developing energy policies for the poor an...

Renewable Energy Policy in South Africa: Policy Options for Renewable Electricity

"Investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency is important to reduce the negative economic, social and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption in South Africa. Currently, renewable energy contributes relatively little t...

Energy Efficiency and the CDM in South Africa: Constraints and Opportunities

"Energy-efficiency projects were expected to constitute an important project type under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM). In South Africa, there is significant potential for energy savings in several sectors. The savings possible in industry ...

Renewable Energy Policy in South Africa: Policy Options for Renewable Electricity

"Investment in renewable energy and energy efficiency is important to reduce the negative economic, social and environmental impacts of energy production and consumption in South Africa. Currently, renewable energy contributes relatively little t...

Policies and Scenarios for Cape Town’s Energy Future : Options for Sustainable City Energy Development

"This study examines a set of energy policy interventions, which can make a major contribution to sustainable development for the City of Cape Town – economically, environmentally and socially. Major energy savings can be made from modal shifts in...

Changing Development Paths: From an Energy-Intensive to Low-Carbon Economy in South Africa

"Climate change mitigation poses significant challenges for South Africa and its energy development, historically highly energy intensive. At the same time, the country faces a host of daunting development challenges, exacerbated by the legacy of...

Analysis of the Economic Implications of a Carbon Tax

"Why might South Africa consider a carbon tax? The purpose would be to reduce greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions. A carbon tax would achieve this through two broad effects – a demand effect, reducing energy demand due to higher prices, and a substituti...

Energy and the World Summit on Sustainable Development: What Next?

"Given the importance of energy issues to sustainable development, energy was a priority issue at the World Summit on Sustainable Development in August 2002. The objective of this paper is to examine the outcomes of the Summit on energy, and to ...

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...

Energy Management News Volume 21 No 1

Some of the articles in this issue has the following headlines: Enertis performs commissioning of the 94 MWp Acciona’s Sishen PV plant in South Africa (page 1), Energy efficiency industry has been created to the detriment of entrepreneurship (pag...

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Procurement: A New Frontier

In South Africa regular load shedding has been taking place since mid-2014 and is now predicted to last until 2018. The country faces its worst electricity supply side crisis in 40 years. The construction of two coal-fired power plants, Medupi and...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.2

The first article “Suppressed demand in the clean development mechanism: conceptual and practical issues” studies the challenges of the application of greenhouse gas emission accounting in poor communities. “Proposal for improved nuclear fuel util...

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