Energy, environment and climate change
This group researches the intersection between energy, local environment and global climate change. It aims to contribute to minimising impacts of energy use and production, from social, economic and environmental perspectives. Internationally and in South Africa, energy is the sector contributing most to global climate change and to local air pollution. The members of the group seeks to deepen their understanding of these problems, and develop creative policy solutions. Energy solutions for climate change mitigation that are grounded in national circumstances need to be formulated and implemented urgently. Environmentally sensitive planning of energy for sustainable development is a key national priority.
Local environmental issues include indoor air pollution and environmental health, external costs of local pollution, environmental taxes and subsidies for energy, renewable energy, environmental, household energy efficiency, and energy for sustainable development.
Research themes relating to global climate change include mitigation, greenhouse gas inventories, the impact of potential future allocation schemes on South Africa, Clean Development Mechanism (CDM), capacity building and adaptation to the impacts of climate change. This includes strategic analysis to evaluate and prioritise mitigation opportunities, methodologies economic and financial analysis, as well as emission baselines for CDM projects. Our emphasis lies in demonstrating how these projects can benefit the poor.
Members of the Energy, environment and climate change research group in 2015: