Remembering Max Thabiso Edkins
Max Thabiso Edkins – remembering his great contribution to renewable energy and climate change research
Publication: Cobenefits Executive Report
This study analyses the net employment impacts of different electricity generation capacity expansion plans on the South African economy, focusing on the potential effect of higher renewable energy deployment.
Publication: Research Report Series
Comparative Analysis of the NDCs of Canada, the European Union, Kenya and South Africa from an Equity Perspective
Publication: The balance sheet summary
This policy brief presents the concept of a nationally determined contribution (NDC) greenhouse gas (GHG) balance sheet. The concept was elaborated in a technical paper, which informed an official submission by South Africa.
Publication: The end of coal? Planning a “just transition” in South Africa
South Africa’s coal production may decline significantly in the next few years. This report – from SEI and the Energy Research Centre – explores the impacts, challenges and key elements of that transition.


Thursday, 25 April 2019
In case you wondered why there is still no price on carbon in South Africa

This new paper, recently published in Climate Policy, examines power relations, coalitions and conflicts that drive and hinder institutional change in South African climate policy. The analysis finds that the most contested climate policies are those that create distributional conflicts where powerful, non-poor actors will potentially experience real losses to their fossil fuel-based operations. This finding opposes the assumption of competing objectives between emissions and poverty reduction. Yet, actors use discourse that relates to potentially competing objectives between emissions reductions, jobs, poverty reduction and economic welfare.

Publication Date:
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 11:00
Alternative energy innovation for keeping Africa’s climate below 1.5° C


The world’s climate leaders are meeting at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice, Poland, this week. The overarching question this year is how to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which 184 countries have ratified so far, to meet its main objective: keeping global warming “well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5° C.” 


Publication Date:
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 - 12:00
The Brown to Green report has been released

The Brown to Green Report 2018 is the world’s most comprehensive review of G20 climate action. It provides concise and comparable information on G20 country mitigation
action, finance and vulnerability. Developed by experts from 14 research organisations and NGOs from the majority of the G20 countries, the report covers 80 indicators. It informs policy makers and stimulates national debates.

The ERC contributed to the report exploring key aspects of South Africa's green economy performance compared to other nations in the G20.

Publication Date:
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 - 21:45
Max Thabiso Edkins – remembering his great contribution to renewable energy and climate change research

10 March 2019

It was with great sadness that we at the Energy Research Centre learned that our former colleagues,  Max Thabiso Edkins, passed away in a fatal plane crash. We remember Max for his passionate and excellent research into renewable energy during his time at ERC from 2009 to 2011. You can find publications by Max published on renewable energy policy, technology and external costs  on our web-site (see here). Max contributed to research on climate change mitigation scenarios; continued this work when he moved on to work with the World Bank. Our condolences to his family – this must have been devastating news. Max’s untimely passing is a loss for us at ERC, the country, continent and planet.

Publication Date:
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 17:00