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(Some) Sustainability Impacts of Unreliable Electricity Access in Sub- Saharan Africa
Mon, 18 Jun 2018 - 12:15

Upcoming seminar at ERC: 02 July 2018 | 12:30-13:30
Presenter: Paulina Jaramillo
Venue: ERC seminar room, 6th floor, Menzies Bldg, UCT

Upcoming seminar
Tue, 01 Jan 2013 - 23:00

Prof. Andrew Lawrence, Visiting Professor, Vienna School of International Studies

21 May 2018 10h30 – 12h30 Venue: Large Seminar Room, Room 6.46, 6 Floor, Menzies Building, Upper Campus, UCT

Do the recent conflicts between Numsa and green groups over the specific issue of the continuation of the Independent Power Producers (IPP) tendering process herald a bigger divide within a nascent coalition favouring the ‘Million Climate Jobs’ vision? What strategies – in terms of coalition building, policy experimentation, leveraging, and mobilisation, among others – may be most effective in pursuit of this vision? How can community ownership and control of energy be strengthened?

            This workshop will discuss these questions in terms of scenarios that are contingent: they explicitly distinguish between what is more and what is less certain; what is more and less amenable to change over the short- to medium-term; and between what is normatively desirable, and what entails unavoidable trade-offs or uncertain costs. Making these distinctions helps to make explicit provisional assumptions and causal claims. Hopefully, this exercise can both clarify the issues at stake, and increase awareness about, and extend, the range of options available. 

ERC Researchers tackle the socio-economic implications of South Africa's coal transition
Thu, 18 Jul 2019 - 12:30

ERC researchers Jesse Burton, Andrew Marquard and Bryce McCall have analysed the future of South Africa's coal sector, its implication for economic development and international climate policy goals.

Remembering Andrew Hibberd
Tue, 25 Jun 2019 - 13:45

Andrew Hibberd from UCT’s Energy Research Centre passed away after a battle with cancer that had lasted more than a year.



New policy brief on tracking progress on the implementation of the Paris Agreement
Fri, 26 Apr 2019 - 13:15

Tracking progress of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) is a central feature of the Paris Agreement and its rule-book. ERC authors have published a policy brief on tracking progress on mitigation. The modalities, procedures and guidelines (MPG) were agreed at COP 24 in Katowice.

We consider chapter III on the mitigation components of NDCs. We suggest that tracking involves tracking mitigation targets in NDCs, using self-selected indicators as well as reporting  domestic mitigation measures that contribute significantly to reducing emissions. The structured summary is an important tool to track progress, linking transparency, mitigation accounting and markets. We suggest an approach in which each country tracks progress to the best of its abilities.

In case you wondered why there is still no price on carbon in South Africa
Tue, 23 Apr 2019 - 11:00

The good news is that we can reduce poverty and emissions at the same time in highly emissions intensive developing economies. We can only do it, however, if we take everyone along, the rich and the poor. Everyone needs to get their piece of the cake to have an incentive to change pathways.

Max Thabiso Edkins – remembering his great contribution to renewable energy and climate change research
Mon, 18 Mar 2019 - 17:00

10 March 2019

It was with great sadness that we at the Energy Research Centre learned that our former colleagues,  Max Thabiso Edkins, passed away in a fatal plane crash. We remember Max for his passionate and excellent research into renewable energy during his time at ERC from 2009 to 2011. You can find publications by Max published on renewable energy policy, technology and external costs  on our web-site (see here). Max contributed to research on climate change mitigation scenarios; continued this work when he moved on to work with the World Bank. Our condolences to his family – this must have been devastating news. Max’s untimely passing is a loss for us at ERC, the country, continent and planet.

Can clean energy be provided for 600m people in sub-saharan Africa who lack reliable energy access?
Fri, 01 Mar 2019 - 11:00

How can clean energy be provided for those 600 million people in sub-saharan Africa that currently lack reliable energy access? Project RISE: Renewable, Innovative and Scalable Electrification in Uganda and Zambia aims at finding answers to this complex challenge. Can clean energy be provided for 600m people in sub-saharan Africa who lack reliable energy access?

Blog: COP 24 agreed a rule-book: Now to implement and strengthen it
Fri, 11 Jan 2019 - 11:45

The climate negotiations at COP 24 in Katowice agreed on a rulebook for future.

Most of the ‘Paris rule-book’ was agreed, which is a considerable step forward in a highly uncertain political context. The rules provide some rigour, in that upfront information is made more mandatory. And the framework to enhance transparency is detailed, with a good fundamentals on tracking progress, review and starting to include some reporting on adaptation.

Alternative energy innovation for keeping Africa’s climate below 1.5° C
Wed, 12 Dec 2018 - 12:00


The world’s climate leaders are meeting at the 24th Conference of the Parties (COP) in Katowice, Poland, this week. The overarching question this year is how to implement the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, which 184 countries have ratified so far, to meet its main objective: keeping global warming “well below 2° C above pre-industrial levels and to pursue efforts to limit the temperature increase even further to 1.5° C.” 


The Brown to Green report has been released
Thu, 06 Dec 2018 - 21:45

The Brown to Green Report 2018 is the world’s most comprehensive review of G20 climate action. It provides concise and comparable information on G20 country mitigation
action, finance and vulnerability. Developed by experts from 14 research organisations and NGOs from the majority of the G20 countries, the report covers 80 indicators. It informs policy makers and stimulates national debates.

The ERC contributed to the report exploring key aspects of South Africa's green economy performance compared to other nations in the G20.

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