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Investigating the Current and Future Roles of Paraffin in South Africa

"This study has explored the topic of current and future paraffin use by low-income households in South Africa and particularly issues around its desirability and necessity as part of the household fuel mix. As part of this, the viability of alterna…

Towards a Green Energy Revolution in Africa: Reflections on Waste-to-Energy Projects

"The twin processes of urbanisation and industrialisation are positively correlated with waste generation and energy consumption. Sadly, the global reliance on fossil fuels has contributed not only to new challenges of global warming, but also to pr…

Lesotho Highlands: Water Woes or Win-Wins?

"The Lesotho Highlands Water Project (LHWP) has been acknowledged as a feat of engineering excellence; the real achievement being to use gravity tunnels and dams to divert the river from its natural flow (towards Aliwal North in the Eastern Cape) 5…

Energy Futures Modelling for African Cities – Selecting a Modelling Tool for the SAMSET Project

One of the first steps of the SAMSET project - which support six African cities in three countries - is to develop an evidence base of their energy systems to support scenario-based planning exercises to explore the impacts of different sustainable …

What does the Current NAMA-Space in South Africa Look Like?

"Internationally South Africa is regarded as a leader in Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Action (NAMA) development, but is this actually the case? Similarly to other countries, South Africa has yet to formally submit a NAMA to the United Nations F…

Challenges of Energy Poverty in Sub Saharan Africa

"This study analyzed the determinants of electricity access in developing countries and, particularly examined why Sub Saharan Africa has been relatively unsuccessful in providing electricity to its population, despite reforms in the electricity sec…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 3

This issue comprises several articles and conference papers. The first article: A case study of climate variability effects on wind resources in South Africa(page 2) studies and compares the wind speed distribution in two different locations. The ne…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 no 4

This issue comprises several articles. The first article “The sensitivity of the South African industrial sector’s electricity consumption to electricity price fluctuations” proposes that the price elasticity of industrial electricity demand varies …

Infrastructures Africaines: Quelles Opportunités de Financement? / African Infrastructure: What are the funding opportunities?

The inadequate amount of infrastructure on the African continent is the first thing that strikes you as you contemplate the state thereof on the continent, compared to the needs. The situation is worse in the energy sector. Thirty African countries …

Botswana's Coal: Dead in the Water or Economic Game Changer?

Botswana possesses substantial coal deposits of 212 billion tonnes, the majority of which are low grade. Under favourable conditions, and until solar power becomes a feasible option for supplying baseload electricity, this coal could be either expo…

Situational Analysis of Energy Industry, Policy and Strategy for Kenya

With regards to its domestic energy requirements, Kenya is in a very interesting development phase. In the past decade the country has grappled with the challenge of unreliable, expensive and unsustainable energy use supporting a stagnating industr…

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 27 No.3

The first article "Promoting energy efficiency in a South African University" is a case study which identifies the challenges facing universities when adopting energy-efficiency. There are also enablers to achieving energy-efficiency targets. "Scopi…

Hand in Hand for Urban Transformation Roles and Responsibilities at the Local, National and International Level to Enable Cities’ Climate Leadership

Addressing the global challenge of climate change requires unprecedented cooperation across all levels of government. Internationally the Paris Agreement sets the pace for reducing emissions and adapting to the impacts of climate change. Common obje…

Emissions de Dioxyde de Carbone et Croissance Economique au Maroc : Une Analyse de la Courbe Environnementale de Kuznets / Carbon Dioxide Emissions and Economic Growth of Morocco: An Analysis of the Curve Environmental Kuznets

In a global context there is growing concern about climate change. Understanding the impact of economic growth on the environment becomes crucial, especially for developing countries. This paper addresses this issue through the prism of carbon dioxi…

The Untapped Potential of Solar Energy in Kenya: Factors Limiting the Integration of Solar PV into the Electricity Grid

Solar energy has been highlighted as a potentially important source of renewable energy for Kenya’s green economy transitions as well as the country’s intended national commitments to the Paris Agreement and the Sustainable Development Goal Number …

Power and the Private Sector in Tanzania: Prospects for the AFDB's High Fives Strategy

A stable, affordable energy supply underpins economic development by enabling infrastructure development and investment, and ultimately increases industrialisation and enhances competitiveness. Ensuring electricity security is therefore vital for al…

Estimating Greenhouse Gas Emissions Associated with Achieving Universal Access to Electricity in South Africa

"Climate change, energy security and achieving universal electricity access for all households are all pressing issues that South Africa must address. These objectives need not be trade-offs, however, and achieving electricity access for the poor do…

Measuring the Rebound Effect of Energy Efficiency Initiatives for the Future: A South African Case Study

"This document represents an addendum to the report entitled “Measuring the rebound effect of energy efficiency initiatives for the future – A South African case study”, which was completed in March 2010. The addendum summarises the outcomes of a da…

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 b…

Carbon Footprint of the University of Cape Town

"Determining the University’s carbon footprint is seen as a critical step in achieving the goal of sustainability at it. Knowing the University’s carbon footprint will not only give a tangible value with which its carbon footprint can be compared w…

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