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New publication on fossil fuel subsidies
Tuesday, August 21, 2018 - 10:00

Fossil fuel subsidies strain public budgets and contribute to climate change and local air pollution. Despite widespread agreement among experts about the benefits of reforming fossil fuel subsidies, repeated international commitments to eliminate them, and valiant efforts by some countries to reform them, they continue to persist. This book helps explain this conundrum by exploring the politics of fossil fuel subsidies and their reform.

(Some) Sustainability Impacts of Unreliable Electricity Access in Sub- Saharan Africa
Monday, June 18, 2018 - 12:15

Upcoming seminar at ERC: 02 July 2018 | 12:30-13:30
Presenter: Paulina Jaramillo
Venue: ERC seminar room, 6th floor, Menzies Bldg, UCT

Upcoming seminar
Tuesday, January 1, 2013 - 23:00

Prof. Andrew Lawrence, Visiting Professor, Vienna School of International Studies

21 May 2018 10h30 – 12h30 Venue: Large Seminar Room, Room 6.46, 6 Floor, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT

Do the recent conflicts between Numsa and green groups over the specific issue of the continuation of the Independent Power Producers (IPP) tendering process herald a bigger divide within a nascent coalition favouring the ‘Million Climate Jobs’ vision? What strategies – in terms of coalition building, policy experimentation, leveraging, and mobilisation, among others – may be most effective in pursuit of this vision? How can community ownership and control of energy be strengthened?

            This workshop will discuss these questions in terms of scenarios that are contingent: they explicitly distinguish between what is more and what is less certain; what is more and less amenable to change over the short- to medium-term; and between what is normatively desirable, and what entails unavoidable trade-offs or uncertain costs. Making these distinctions helps to make explicit provisional assumptions and causal claims. Hopefully, this exercise can both clarify the issues at stake, and increase awareness about, and extend, the range of options available. 

Upcoming seminar
Friday, May 18, 2018 - 09:45

Does power empower? 

Presenter: Romy Listo

Date: 12 June 2018 Time: 12h30 – 13h30

Venue: Large seminar room, Energy Research Centre, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT


New publication: South Africa’s multiple faces in current climate clubs
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 11:00

"Global public goods are most easily provided when a single dominant country, or a small group, takes the lead" says the literature in international relations. That's why Britta Rennkamp and Andrew Marquard analysed the role of climate clubs from the perspective of a developing country- South Africa. This paper was part of a project with the German Development Institute and Wuppertal Institute.

Upcoming seminar on green industrial transformation
Thursday, March 15, 2018 - 10:45

Meet Dr Tilman Altenburg for a lunch time chat on green industrial  transformation and economic development at the ERC. 

ERC comments on second Draft Carbon Tax Bill
Monday, March 12, 2018 - 16:30

ERC comments on second Draft Carbon Tax Bill. 

The Finance Minister announced in the 2018 Budget Speech that the carbon tax  “will be implemented from 1 January 2019.”  

Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa: Implications for Kusile and the older coal-fired power stations”
Thursday, February 1, 2018 - 17:00


Please join the ERC for a presentation by Dr. Grové Steyn on:

"Eskom’s financial crisis and the viability of coal-fired power in South Africa: Implications for Kusile and the older coal-fired power stations”

Date: Monday 5th of February
Time: 13:00
Venue: ERC Seminar Room

Seminar on Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Highly to Fully Renewable Power Systems
Monday, November 13, 2017 - 11:45

Please join the ERC for a seminar on:

   Impacts of Climate Variability and Change on Highly to Fully Renewable Power Systems

Date: Monday 27th of November

Time: 12:30 - 13:30

Venue: ERC Seminar Room

Quantifying the benefits of the Energy Transition in South Africa
Monday, October 30, 2017 - 13:00

The contours of the global power sector are changing rapidly due to ongoing technological advance, particularly in the renewable energy space. With these advances, the economics of power systems are changing. For South Africa, a country with considerable renewable energy potential, the implications of these advances for the nature of power sector investments are potentially large.

Natural gas in South Africa
Thursday, June 8, 2017 - 11:45

A significant ERC research report into the potential for gas utilisation over the long term in the South African energy system has been made available on this website.

High carbon price needed for climate goals
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:30

Leading economists say that a strong carbon price is needed to drive large-scale climate action.