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Alternative energy innovation for keeping Africa’s climate below 1.5° C
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 - 12:00


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.” 


The Brown to Green report has been released
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 - 21:45

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.

(Some) Sustainability Impacts of Unreliable Electricity Access in Sub- Saharan Africa
Mon, 18 Jun 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
Tue, 01 Jan 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. 

Max Thabiso Edkins – remembering his great contribution to renewable energy and climate change research
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 17:00

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.

Can clean energy be provided for 600m people in sub-saharan Africa who lack reliable energy access?
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 - 11:00

How can clean energy be provided for those 600 million people in sub-saharan Africa that currently lack reliable energy access? Project RISE: Renewable, Innovative and Scalable Electrification in Uganda and Zambia aims at finding answers to this complex challenge. Can clean energy be provided for 600m people in sub-saharan Africa who lack reliable energy access?

Blog: COP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 - 11:45

The climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice agreed on a rulebook for future.

Most of the ‘Paris rule-book’ was agreed, which is a considerable step forward in a highly uncertain political context. The rules provide some rigour, in that upfront information is made more mandatory. And the framework to enhance transparency is detailed, with a good fundamentals on tracking progress, review and starting to include some reporting on adaptation.

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Mon, 12 Nov 2018 - 10:45

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Webinar “Launch of the Brown to Green Report 2018”
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 - 10:30

One week before the G20 Summit in Argentina and COP24 in Poland, Climate Transparency launches its Brown to Green Report 2018. Covering 80 indicators, the report is the world’s most comprehensive review of G20 climate action.

The IPCC Special Report on global warming of 1.5°
Mon, 12 Nov 2018 - 10:00

On October 8, the IPCC delivered its Special Report on global warming of 1.5C. This talk gives an overview of the main results of the report, the process of generating an IPCC report, and what’s next. The report concluded that we are already at 1C global temperature rise, that at the current rate, we would reach 1.5C around 2040, that there are clear benefits to limiting warming to 1.5C, and that we can still do it, but that it requires changes at an unprecedented scale. It also concluded that limiting warming to 1.5°C would go hand in hand with achieving other societal goals, including most of the Sustainable Development Goals.  

Comments on the draft IRP 2018
Mon, 29 Oct 2018 - 12:15

Updated - ERC comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.

The ERC is accredited to provide M&V reporting on energy savings for SARS 12L tax deductions
Wed, 12 Sep 2018 - 14:30

The ERC at UCT is accredited by SANAS as an inspection body for the Measurement & Verification (M&V) of energy savings (Facility Accreditation Number EEMV0009). Accreditation as an inspection body is according to the ISO 17020:2012 standard and reporting of energy savings is in alignment with the SANS 50010:2018 standard.