NCCRP – stakeholder workshop

The Department of Environment Affairs hosted a two-day stakeholder workshop on the implementation of the National Climate Change Response Policy. Two researchers from the Energy Research Centre, Anthony Dane and Kim Coetzee, attended the workshop in Gauteng (20-21st of June 2013) which was billed as a NCCC+ event. In line with section 10.4.1 of the National Climate Change Response White Paper the National Committee on Climate Change (NCCC) is a multi-stakeholder group designed to provide representation from the main stakeholder… Read moreNCCRP – stakeholder workshop

SANEA LECTURE: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa

Topic: The current status of Nuclear Energy in South Africa Date: Wednesday, 19 June 2013 Time: 17h30 for 18h00 Venue: Engen Petroleum Ltd Conference Centre, Ground Floor Engen Court, Thibault Square, Corner of Riebeeck and Long Street, CAPE TOWN Register / RSVP: Please click here for the online form to register. Register by Friday, 14 June 2013 for catering purposes More info: Please e-mail or call Virosha at the SANEA Secretariat: E-mail: sanea / Tel: (031) 368-8000

ERC Seminar on Long Term Adaptation Scenarios

Please join us for a discussion on Long Term Adaptation Scenarios for South Africa. Presented by the renowned Prof Guy Midgley of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI). Venue: Energy Research Centre seminar room, University of Cape Town, Upper campus, 6th Floor Menzies Building Date and Time: Friday, 26 April, 2013 and 14h00 – 15h00 For more details contact: Dr Sebataolo Rahlao – sj.rahlao – 021 650 2831 ERC Seminar Series_LTAS.pdf

Study pours cold water on SA’s nuclear build plan

NEW National Planning Commission (NPC) modelling of South Africa’s energy demands says nuclear power should be delayed by years, and an immediate commissioning of new gas-generation capacity should take place to avoid rolling blackouts in the near future. The remodelling commissioned by the NPC signals the start in earnest of what will be a highly contested policy debate: whether South Africa needs and can afford nuclear power or not, and by when. The implication of the modelling is that no… Read moreStudy pours cold water on SA’s nuclear build plan

Green Week 15-20 April

Green Week on UCT campus is just one week away! The week is absolutely filled with amazing events- read below to see what you would like to attend and get involved in 🙂 Clothing Swap: Venue: UCT Upper Campus, Hiddingh Campus, Med School Date: Monday 15th-Wednesday 17th Description: This event is one where you can take out the old and bring in the new! Another man’s trash is another man’s treasure, etc. Bring the clothing you don’t wish to wear… Read moreGreen Week 15-20 April

ACDI Seminar: Robust Approaches to Adaptation

ACDI CLIMATE CHANGE IMPACTS & ADAPTATION SEMINAR SERIES 2013 Wednesday 10 April: Joseph Darron will be speaking on Robust Approaches to Adaptation Please join us for a lunch-time, weekly seminar series as we hear from and engage with various researchers and practitioners working at the cutting edge in the field of climate change impacts & adaptation. Where: Environmental and Geographical Sciences, Studio 5, Upper Campus, University of Cape Town. In guiding societal responses to the altered climate risks associated with… Read moreACDI Seminar: Robust Approaches to Adaptation

Health and Energy Policy Roundtable; Wed 24 April

INVITATION Health and Energy Policy Roundtable Wed. 24th April 2013; 9h00-15h00 Klein Schuur conference venue; Groote Schuur Hospital The UCT School of Public Health and Family Medicine; African Climate & Development Initiative (ACDI); and groundWork South Africa, invite you to a Health and Energy Policy Roundtable on Wed. 24th April 2013. Our challenge: The routine release of pollutants from energy extraction, distribution and consumption has significant implications for human health, directly as environmental health impacts, and indirectly through impacts on… Read moreHealth and Energy Policy Roundtable; Wed 24 April

In memoriam: Peet du Plooy.

It was with great shock and immense sadness that we heard the news that our friend and colleague, Peet du Plooy, was murdered in his home in Pretoria last week Sunday. Many of the E2C2 team have had the good fortune of working with Peet over the years in his various roles at WWF and TIPS, and have come to enjoy his enthusiasm for life, offbeat sense of humour and the passion with which he approached both work and life…. Read moreIn memoriam: Peet du Plooy.

Equitable Access to Sustainable Development (EASD) Workshop

On March 5,6 and 7 the ERC MAPS team will host several distinguished thinkers in the Climate Change field at a workshop in Cape Town, South Africa. Over the three days a range of topics will be discussed, including conceptual approaches to equitable access to sustainable development; carbon budgets and burden sharing; equity and CBDR & RC; numbers with inputs based on work by BASIC experts and others; and operationalizing EASD under the Durban Platform. The aim of the workshop… Read moreEquitable Access to Sustainable Development (EASD) Workshop

Equity the “new black”

In Durban in 2011 NAMAs were very fashionable amongst side-event organisers; this year Equity is making a strong showing in a bid to be “the new black”. So it was without too much surprise that on Wednesday I found myself at a Christian Aid side event entitled, “Closing the Equity Gap – Is Equity an enabler or barrier to increasing ambition?”. The side event’s panelist included the ERC’s Prof Harald Winkler. The intent was to provide a forum to discuss… Read moreEquity the “new black”