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On the Determinants of Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

"The objective of this paper is to empirically analyze the problem of energy poverty in developing countries in general and in SSA countries in particular. In doing so, we identify major variables, and analyze their potential contribution in shapi...

Biofuel Investment in Tanzania: Awareness and Participation of the Local Communities

"Biofuel investment in Tanzania has been welcomed on the grounds of its expected ability to reduce energy costs, increase national income, and help in transport and agriculture sectors by providing income and rural energy, thereby alleviating pove...

Foresight Africa: Top Priorities for the Continent in 2013

"The following briefs comprises the Foresight Africa collection and are meant to create a dialogue on what matters in Africa for 2013. John Page argues that Africa’s youth unemployment challenges encompass more than just a lack of jobs since Afric...

Methodologies for Carbon Budgets in South Africa

"The paper reviews previous work at national and sectoral level. Previous work on mitigation potential included the LTMS, on consideration of which Cabinet outlined its vision and strategic direction for emissions to peak, plateau and decline. Pre...

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...

South Africa’s Renewable Energy Policy Roadmaps

"This report is on developing South Africa’s renewable energy policy roadmaps. It is the final report for the second of two projects assigned to the Energy Research Centre by UNEP under its broader agenda of ‘enhancing information for renewable en...

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...

Leveraging Carbon Revenue for Poverty Alleviation

"This paper will describe the process of how a poor community in Umdoni, Kwazulu Natal (KZN) South Africa achieved GHG reductions and converted these into carbon revenues and then recycled the bulk of the revenue back into their community. A vol...

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...

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