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.
Updated - ERC comments on the draft Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) 2018.
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.
Coal transitions Reports Live now!
You are invited to a seminar to launch the report Coal Transition in South Africa, to be held at the Energy Research Centre, UCT, Monday 10th September 1-2pm.
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.