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Hilton Trollip

Hilton is a Senior Researcher in the Energy, Environment and Climate Change research group.



  • BSc (Electrical Engineering Wits; 1980)
  • MSc (Electrical Engineering Wits; 1983)

Previous experience

Hilton graduated with an MSc Electrical Engineering from the University of the Witwatersrand in 1983. He has been involved in energy policy analysis since 1992.  He has held a variety of senior posts and been involved in many projects related to policy analysis, public interest policy advocacy, energy planning, public and private sector company management, project management, research and teaching. He is currently a Senior Researcher at the Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town working primarily in policy analysis in energy, socio-economy and environment.

Current research interests and focus areas

Hilton’s current research focuses on energy-related climate change mitigation, as well as South African energy sector policy and governance. Specific focuses within these areas are quantified modeling of energy systems and the economy, the challenges of policy formulation and implementation within large multi-institutional settings and prioritising socio-economic policy issues within general policy. In 1985, Hilton first taught at university undergraduate level, being responsible for development of courses, lecturing and assessment at third year university level in computer science and has been teaching energy studies at a post-graduate level since 1998, being appointed Honorary Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering and built Environment and being appointed Postgraduate Director, Energy and Development Studies Programme, University of Cape Town for the year of 2000.

Specific projects

  • Leader of ERC team which is responsible for South African component of the international Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project (DDPP)
  • Co-ordinator of MAPS (see research on 5 case studies on Implementation and leader of one of the case studies
  • Member of team assisting SA government to implement Desired Emission Reduction Outcomes (DEROs) and the associated mix of policy measures
  • Leading team researching the Political Economy of Deep Decarbonisation in South Africa.
  • ERC member responsible for developing the MAPS Africa programme.
  • Leading project to produce report on Mitigation Options Analysis for Swaziland

Selected publications

Note: Hilton Trollip has not, until recent, aimed at producing academic publications, so a few academic publications are included below along with a list of other publications and reports Hilton has either been author of, leader of producing or made a major contribution, with some details of the role Hilton played in those reports.

  • Trollip, H., Butler, A., Burton, J., Caetano, T., Godinho, C (2014) Energy Security in South Africa. Cape Town MAPS.
  • Trollip, H., Winkler H., and Merven, B. 2014 Pathways to deep decarbonsiation:  South Africa chapter. part of DDPP 2014 interim report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. 2014, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York.
  • Trollip, H., et al., Pathways to deep decarbonsiation:  South Africa chapter, part of DDPP 2015 final report of the Deep Decarbonization Pathways Project. forthcoming 2015, Energy Research Centre, with Sustainable Development Solutions Network (SDSN) and Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations (IDDRI): Cape Town, Paris and New York.
  • Trollip, H., et al. 2012. Potential impact on municipal revenue of small scale own generation and energy efficiency. Paper submitted to South African Economic Regulators Conference held in Pretoria on the 21 & 22 August 2012.
  • Trollip, H., Tyler, E . 2011. Is South Africa’s economic policy aligned with our national mitigation policy direction and low carbon future: an examination of the carbon tax, industrial policy, newgrowth path and integrated resource plan. National Planning Commission, Pretoria.
  • Marquard, A., Trollip H. and Winkler, H.  2011. Opportunities for and Costs of Mitigation in South African Economy. Energy Research Centre, University of Cape Town.
  • Academy of Science of South Africa (ASSAf). 2011. ASSAf Commentary on the Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity 2010 – 2030 (Hilton made a substantial contribution)
  • Helen Suzman Foundation Quarterly Roundtable 2010. The Energy Mix: Electrifying South Africa. Verbatim record and commentary of formal debate between Hilton Trollip, Bobby Godsell (former CEO of AngloGold and Chairman of Eskom), Ira Magaziner (former senior advisor for policy development for President Clinton) and South African Energy Minister Dipuo Peters.
  • Trollip, H., Marquard, A. Prospects for Renewable Energy in South Africa. 2010. Published by Heinrich Böll Foundation.
  • Trollip, H., et al. Submission on Integrated Resource Plan for Electricity of 2010. 10 December 2010. Submssion by Idasa.
  • Electricity Governance Initiative of South Africa 2010. The Governance of Power - Shedding a light on the electricity sector in South Africa. Published by Idasa, 357 Visagie Street, Pretoria 0001.  ( Hilton conducted the substantial part of the research for this publiction and was the chief drafter of the initial draft).
  • University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University, North West Universiy 2008. Review of Eskom Demand Side Management. (Hilton was leader of the project conducting Review of Eskom Demand Side Management Programme. The review involved teams of senior professionals from three Universities conducting an urgent review of the National Electricity Utility’s DSM organisational capability and DSM programme in the context of a national Power Supply Crisis in South Africa. This report is confidential but included because of the important role it played in developing my knowledge of energy efficiency and demand side management and inistutional issues of implementation in South Africa.)
  • Trollip, H. 2007. South African Energy Policy & G8 Petersburg Declaration on Global Energy Security. Friedrich-Ebert-Stiftung Department for Development Policy - Dialogue on Globalization. FES Briefing Paper 11 August 2007. Presented at conference in Berlin 2007.
  • Sustainable Energy Africa 2006. State of Energy in South African Cities 2006. (Hilton was a lead reseaecrhed and writer of the detailed 165pp report)
  • Trollip, H. 1999. BMI-Techknowledge Communication Technologies Handbook, 1999. Publisher BMI-T Group. 479 pp. (Hilton was managing editor and research manager of field research in > 20 African countries. Mbendi stated that this edition of the “Handbook is widely recognised as the leading reference work of its kind in the world”).
  • Trollip, H. 1996. Overview of the South African energy sector. Report No. EG9404. Pretoria, Department of Minerals & Energy.
  • Trollip, H. 1994. The gas future in South Africa: Gas industry issues that will shape new directions in South African energy. Conference paper delivered at Africa Oil 94 Conference, Cape Town.
  • Van Horen, C., Eberhard, A., Trollip, H. and Thorne, S. 1993 Energy, environment and urban poverty in South Africa. Energy Policy 21:5 623