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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...

Comments on the Carbon Tax Policy Paper issued by National Treasury in May 2013

"Climate change is real and already being observed – and it is a problem with some specific features. Climate change is a long-term problem requiring urgent solutions. For South Africa and globally, it is primarily an energy problem, that is, redu...

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...

Chasing an Elusive Agreement: What Smaller Countries (i.e. G77+China) Need to do to Influence Climate Change Negotiations?

"As the world is converging at Warsaw, Poland, for the 19th session of climate change negotiations, questions still exist as to whether these negotiations will ever yield tangible benefits for smaller states and developing economies. Past sessions...

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...

Mitigation Actions in South Africa

"The country study aims to deepen our understanding of mitigation activity in South Africa, particularly with regard to how the country approaches, describes and defines mitigation actions. It considers three main areas of enquiry from a bottom-up...

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN

"This edition of Climate and Development Outlook provides examples of lessons learned in a wide range of activities by our partners across the developing world. You can read about national climate finance initiatives by the governments of Rwanda,...

Climate and Development Outlook: Stories of Change from CDKN Issue No 6

In this edition of Outlook, we are focusing especially on Low Emissions Development Strategies (LEDS). The first article: “Togo and Cameroon assess their sustainable energy potentials” highlights the finding that both countries have a long way to ...

Climate Finance: Challenges and Responses

"Embarking on a climate compatible development pathway now has a price tag. The cost of tackling climate change in developing countries could reach some hundreds of billions of dollars annually over the coming decades. Low-emission and climate-res...

Planning Climate Compatible Development: Lessons from Experience

"Effective planning can both help make development resilient to the impacts of climate change and help policymakers identify opportunities to harness development benefits from lowering emissions. In developing countries, such planning requires the...

Is REDD+ an Opportunity to Support Climate Compatible Development in Developing Countries?

"Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation, and enhancing forest carbon stocks in developing countries(REDD+) plays a vital part in global efforts to tackle climate change. This has generated interest among the international community...

Strengthening Climate Resilience in African Cities A Framework for Working with Informality

"The aim of this framework document is to provide guidance on how to build the resilience and sustainability of African cities by collaboratively working to reduce the vulnerability of residents, local businesses and public infrastructure and serv...

South Africa's Green Economy Transition: Implications for Reorienting the Economy Towards a Low Carbon Growth Trajectory

"The notion of green economies seems to have gained momentum in both developed and developing countries. For South Africa, the transition to a green economy presents a mix of challenges and opportunities. This stems from the fact that South Afri...

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 betwe...

Green Growth: Implications for Development Planning

"Leaders have been rethinking their growth and development strategies since 2008 in response to the twin challenges of a global economic downturn and increasing environmental degradation. Policy makers and economic planners are always looking for...

LDC Concerns Related to MRV in the Climate Regime

"Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, mitigation action and of support (related to finance, technology transfer and capacity building) emerged as a key pillar of the future climate regime in the Bali Ac...

Socio Economic Implications of Mitigation in the Power Sector Including Carbon Taxes in South Africa

It is very important, in a developing country like South Africa, that policies and measures aimed at achieving the country’s emissions reduction targets are not applied to the detriment of other national objectives. The reduction of poverty and in...

Energy Management News Vol 20 No 1

This journal issue comprises several interesting articles. The first article: Demonstrating renewable energy and energy efficiency opportunities in the wine industry discusses the risk factor for the wine industry as the availability of energy ...

Journal of Energy in Southern Africa Vol 25 No 1

This journal issue comprises several articles. The first article 'An indicative assessment of investment opportunities in the African electricity supply sector' discusses a cost optimization tool to assess investment opportunities with regard to G...

MAPS Provocateur Briefing Report Forum on Development and Mitigation - Employment

A central theme of the Forum was to address the problem of the climate change mitigation and development debates taking place in separate silos. Most of the participants were working primarily on climate change mitigation but were clearly awa...

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