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Guy Cunliffe

Designation Guy Cunliffe

Assistant Research Officer


Energy efficiency; Measurement & Verification (M&V); Climate policy; Renewable energy technology

Contact Details

Tel: +27 (0) 21 650 2833



  • MSc Eng in Sustainable Energy from the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town
  • BSc Eng (Mechanical Engineering) – University of Cape Town

Academic Profile

Guy joined the ERC’s Energy Efficiency Group as a full-time staff member in 2016, whilst completing is Master’s degree at the Centre. He has worked with the Group primarily on applied research projects exploring the energy demand behaviour of South African user groups, with a particular focus on industrial energy use. Guy is also a member of the UCT M&V Team. He has reported on a number of load management projects under the national electricity utility’s demand-side management programme. Guy’s other research interests include the enhancement of energy access in Sub-Saharan Africa, and the role of equity and ambition in the progression of international climate policy and negotiations. Guy’s MSc dissertation analysed the effect of building design on thermal comfort in commercial buildings (using the ERC as a case study), and assessed potential low-energy options for mitigating summer heat gains.

Current Research

Energy Footprint and Energy Savings Potential of Heavy Industry in South Africa (funded by the Department of Energy)

List of Last 10 years publications 

Hartley, Faaiqa; Burton, Jesse; Cunliffe, Guy; McCall, Bryce; Caetano, Tara; Ntuli, Ntombifuthi; Fourie, Ruan; and Chiloane, Lehlogonolo (2019). Future skills and job creation through renewable energy in South Africa – Assessing the COBENEFITS of decarbonising the power sector. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town (UCT), and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), Pretoria.  

Cunliffe, Guy, Christian Holz, Kennedy Mbeva, Pieter W. Pauw, and Harald Winkler (2019). Comparative Analysis of the NDCs of Canada, the European Union, Kenya and South Africa from an Equity Perspective. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town: Cape Town

Winkler, H., Höhne, N., Cunliffe, G. et al. (2017). Countries start to explain how their climate contributions are fair: more rigour needed. International Environmental Agreements.

Cunliffe, G. (2017). An analysis of annual environmental conditions and heat gains, and theoretical assessment of approaches to improve summer thermal comfort, of the Energy Research Centre at the University of Cape Town. MSc Dissertation, Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town.

Boulle, M.; Boyd, A.; Cunliffe, G. and Keen, S. (2014). National and international MRV requirements for local mitigation action: The case of South Africa’s renewable energy procurement programme


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