SAfm Sunrise Podcast - Mediated Conversation: How long will it take to stop using coal?
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.
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
"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.
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.
The Finance Minister announced in the 2018 Budget Speech that the carbon tax “will be implemented from 1 January 2019.”
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
Venue: ERC Seminar Room
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
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.
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.
Leading economists say that a strong carbon price is needed to drive large-scale climate action.
Newly available online: a paper by Trollip and Boulle exploring challenges in implementing greenhouse gas emissions mitigation policy in South Africa, using John Kingdon’s Multiple Streams Analysis Framework.