The Energy Research Centre
is the result of the logical merger of activities of the Energy Research
Institute and the Energy Development Research Centre at the University
of Cape Town.
The Centre is an African-based
multi-disciplinary energy research centre which pursues excellence in
technology, policy and sustainable development research, education and
capacity building programmes at a local and international level.
The organisation's core activity is energy.
Under the umbrella of this first line activity, the organisation is
involved in the following major undertakings:
The Centre seeks to become an outstanding
organization in the area of energy and cross-cutting themes, to be
acknowledged for its performance, capacity, and positive contribution to
the development of the community and employees.
Specific objectives of ERC include:
To undertake independent and objective
research of both national and global interest in order to deepen
knowledge and understanding of energy and development needs,
problems, challenges and innovative solutions.
To undertake research on linkages
between energy and other themes, including economic and social
development and impact, environment and climate change.
To educate and train researchers through
postgraduate degrees and short course programs.
To organize specialized short courses on
energy, economic development and climate change for policy makers
and other executives.
To build the Centre’s employees’
capacity on energy and related development issues through academic
and specialized courses.
To contribute to sustainable development
at national, regional and global level, through social equity,
economic efficiency, technology and policy analysis/research.
To promote and disseminate research
findings to the community using peer-reviewed and other
To produce journals, newsletters and
other materials of interest to communities in South Africa and
To organize and attend meetings,
seminars, workshops and conferences in order to disseminate and
share ideas and information.
To build strategic alliances and
partnerships with other organizations both at local and
international level in order to enhance internal capability to