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Renewable Energy Choices and Water Requirements in South Africa

"South Africa (SA) is an arid country, where water supply is often obtained from distant sources. There is also increasing pressure on the limited water resources due to economic and population growth, with a concomitant increase in the energy req...

The Potential of Electric Vehicles to Contribute to South Africa’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions Targets and other Developmental Objectives How Appropriate is the Investment in Electric Vehicles as a NAMA?

"Transport consumes 28% of final energy in South Africa, 97% of which is in liquid fuels, and subsequently contributes 13.1% of South Africa’s greenhouse gas(GHG)emissions. The sector is vital for economic development. As the demand for transport...

Sustainable Development Planning in South Africa: a Case of Over-Strategizing?

"Cross-governmental planning and coordinating policies are among the main challenges for sustainable, low carbon development. Why is sustainable development planning so ineffective? How can governments plan and coordinate public policy interventio...

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...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 26 No.1

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article “SAURAN, A new resource for solar radiometric data in Southern Africa” gives a brief background to the SAURAN project and describes the network’s operation, coverage an...

Energy Management News Volume 20 No 3

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first and second articles both discuss energy saving initiatives. Article no.1 is entitled : Top energy ranking for Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel (page 1). The second article ...

Mitigating Climate Change Through Carbon Pricing: An Emerging Policy Debate in South Africa

"South Africa is considering how best to contribute its fair share to the global effort to mitigate climate change. The domestic policy debate is characterized by a vibrant engagement involving government, business, labour and civil society. The p...

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...

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...

Industrial Efficiency as an Economic Development Strategy for South Africa

"South Africa is a developing country that currently has no obligation to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions under agreements such as the Kyoto Protocol. Moreover, with an unemployment rate of 30% or more, the focus of most South African devel...

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...

What Factors Influence Mitigative Capacity?

"This article has sought to build on Yohe’s seminal piece on mitigative capacity, which elaborates ‘determinants’ of mitigative capacity, also reflected in the IPCC’s third assessment. We propose a revised definition, where mitigative capacity is...

Sustainable Development Policies and Measures: Institutional Issues and Electrical Efficiency in South Africa

"Climate change is a global problem requiring the cooperation of all countries in order to be addressed effectively. This article outlines and proposes a pledge by developing countries to implement sustainable development policies and measures (he...

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 ...

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...

Future Mitigation Commitments: Differentiating Among Non-Annex I Countries

"International climate policy is at a crossroads. The entry into force of the Kyoto Protocol marked an important step in international climate policy. At the same time, there is a lively debate on options for the mid- and long-term development of ...

Methods for Quantifying the Benefits of Sustainable Development Policies and Measures (SD-PAMs)

"Sustainable development policies and measures (SD-PAMs) are an approach to stimulating action on climate change mitigation in developing countries. Instead of starting from explicit climate targets, the approach deliberately sets out to start fr...

Developing Institutions for the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM): African Perspectives

"The clean development mechanism (CDM) is a project-based mechanism that allows industrialized countries to meet part of their emission reduction targets by investing in developing countries. The Marrakech Accords launched the CDM in principle, ...

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