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Guidelines for the Selection of Long-Range Energy Systems Modelling Platforms to Support MAPS Processes

"A number of countries in South America, including Peru, Brazil, Chile and Colombia are collaborating on long-term national climate planning through the Mitigation Action Plans and Scenarios (MAPS) platform. Under MAPS, countries explore different p…

The Green Economy in the G-20, Post-Mexico: Implications for Brazil

"The preparations for the 2012 G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico, coincided with negotiations around the UN Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro (Rio+20), co-ordinated by Brazil. This coincidence led to a conflict between…

Building a Regional Electricity Market: SAPP challenges

"Regional power trade has many potential benefits. Indeed, enlarging national electricity markets beyond borders could help to decrease variable supply and demand issues and stimulate capacity investment. In Southern Africa, the Southern African Pow…

'Energetic' Dialogues in South Africa: The EU Example

"Since the energy crisis of 2007–2008, investor interest in the South African energy sector has been on the rise. This has drawn more attention to the importance of energy in the South Africa–EU relationship. The introduction of the South African N…

Bioenergy Policy Review in Tanzania

"Biofuel is a fast growing sector in Tanzania. some companies are acquiring big tracts of land, some up to 400 000 hectares for growing biofuel crops. It is believed that the country has a reserve of 88 million hectares for agriculture. The governme…

Creating Incentives for Green Economic Growth: Green Energy in South Africa

This occasional paper focus on green economic growth with specific reference to green energy. The threat of climate change has directed attention to the central role that energy plays in future interactions between humans and natural resources. Rene…

Workshop Theme: Clean Energy Access towards a Sustainable Society in Kenya

The accessibility of clean energy can reduce costs of living, doing business, improve health, enhance competitiveness and create employment. Kenyans spend approximately US$1 billion on lighting annually with 70% of the population using kerosene for …

Southern Africa's Dryland Forests, Climate Change and the Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus

The overarching objective of this paper is to explore the interactions between Southern Africa’s dryland forests and issues of water, energy and food security, in the context of climate change. In terms of audience, the paper aims firstly to provide…

Using Climate Information for Large-Scale Hydropower Planning in Sub-Saharan Africa

In this policy brief the focus is mainly on port infrastructure in Sub-Saharan Africa. Climate change risks are investigated as well as the use of climate services in decision-making. Recommendations are made for actions to enhance the resilience …

Electricity Sub-Sector Industry

"This Investment brief presents a profile of the Electricity Sub-Sector Industry in Zambia. The objective of the brief is to provide quick insights on the Zambian economy and the existing investment opportunities in the electricity industry."

Building Bridges out of Poverty How can Infrastructure Development Strengthen Regional Integration to Overcome Poverty in Southern Africa?

"This policy brief looks at the potential of southern Africa’s regional infrastructure interventions to achieve the overall objective to provide support to regional integration and contribute to poverty eradication. It also identifies knowledge and …

Can South Africa’s Sugar Industry Contribute to Clean Energy Supply? Lessons from Best Practices in Cogeneration

South Africa’s public electricity utility, Eskom, grapples continuously with the challenge of meeting the rapidly growing demand of electricity. Repeated bouts of load shedding have been a clear testimony to this challenge. There is a desperate nee…

Pathways to Deep Decarbonization in South Africa

"This report is part of the global Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP), which aims to understand and demonstrate how countries can transition to a very low-carbon economy. The DDPP is a collaborative global initiative composed of leading re…

Drivers of Regional Integration: Value Chains Investment and New-Forms of Cooperation

"As for the regional integration concept, we rather stress three important points that must add to the new visions, whatever they might be. First, (geo)political motivations aside, the number and variety of driving forces for the integration has sig…

African Regional Consultation on the UN General Assembly Debate on UN, Peace and Security

"The aim of the debate was to examine the UN’s peace and security architecture and to consider what remains to be done, in the context of the 2015 reviews of peace operations, peacebuilding and women, peace and security. Some of the developments tha…

East African Energy Frontier, a Decade on

"The East Africa region has seen some of the decade’s largest natural gas and energy finds. However, despite their magnitude, these discoveries have yet to fulfil the promise of social and economic progress. With some signs of the negative impact…

Climate Change Adaptation, Conflict and Cooperation: A Diplomatic Approach for Africa?

"Internationally, scientific and policy debates on the potential security implications of climate change have recently gained great momentum. It is now clear that climate change poses one of the key challenges for global economic development and hum…

Mozambique's Gas: An Opportunity for South Africa?

" In the past two years companies in Mozambique have announced major gas discoveries off the Rovuma Basin in the northern province of Cabo Delgado. Since the power crisis of 2007–2008 the energy industry in South Africa has been in a precarious st…

Managing Expectations and Tensions in Ghana's Oil-Rich Western Region

"The discovery of oil and gas along the coastline of Ghana’s Western Region in June 2007 was viewed as a means for the state to generate revenues that could be used to address the country’s development needs. The inhabitants of the Western Region i…

The Energy Crisis: A Revolution in International Relations?

This articles looks at the energy crisis which was sparked off by the Arab/Israeli War in October 1973. It shows the effect of the crisis on super power relationships (at the time Western Europe, United States and Japan) which was regarded as the ce…

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