SANEA lecture: Providing LPG to poor households in Greater Cape Town

George Tatham, Managing Director Kayagas will be speaking about Kayagas’ operations in Cape Town. They supply about 125 000 poor households in Greater Cape Town with LPG and touch the lives of half a million Capetonians each day, giving them access to a modern, safe and cost effective thermal fuel. It also addresses governments policy objectives by: Helping deal with energy poverty in urban and peri-urban settlements. Reducing pressure on the electricity grid, and reduces capital send to expand generating capacity… Read moreSANEA lecture: Providing LPG to poor households in Greater Cape Town

ERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation

Chris Benner – Associate Professor, Community and Regional Development, Department of Human Ecology, University of California Davis In 2008, California passed landmark legislation (SB 375) designed to help meet required greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction targets, through promoting integrated land use, housing and transportation planning. Metropolitan regions in California are now required to produce a Sustainable Community Strategy that demonstrates how they will reach these GHG targets by reducing sprawl and increasing transit oriented development. Social equity advocates see SB 375 as… Read moreERC Seminar Series: Sustainable communities and equity – Opportunities and challenges in California’s climate change legislation

Anton Eberhard: The folly of big coal, big nuclear and big networks

National Planning Commissioner Anton Eberhard will present the keynote address he gave at South Africa’s Electricity Supply Conference in mid-August. Titled Towards a secure, competitively priced and environmentally sustainable electricity future. Or the three follies indicated in the title. The keynote address began: “Some years ago, a senior Eskom Executive told me that at the heart of Eskom’s business model was ‘big coal, big nuclear and big networks’. I can’t think of a more Neanderthal business model.” Eberhard is also Professor at the… Read moreAnton Eberhard: The folly of big coal, big nuclear and big networks

SANEA Lecture: Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector

Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector – Wednesday 14 August 2013 Please join our own Adrian Stone from the Energy Research Centre at this SANEA Lecture Transport is a large consumer of energy (±30% of Total Final Consumption) in South Africa and vital for economic development. Supply interruptions are costly to the economy and careful long-term planning is required to ensure that there is sufficient infrastructure to support the efficient functioning and growth of the transport… Read moreSANEA Lecture: Quantifying the Energy Needs of the South African Transport Sector

ERC Seminar Series: Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT

Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT EWB UCT was initiated as a response to the inaccessibility of engineering and design solutions in impoverished parts of Cape Town. They are currently working on 9 innovative projects including the following energy-related solutions; Biodigester installation Solar Geyser Project Township caterers project The development of a solar-powered irrigation system Come & listen to some of their on the ground experiences from designing  & implementing these projects. Matt Docherty & Tumelo Gabaraane Please… Read moreERC Seminar Series: Serving communities, innovating change: Engineers without Borders UCT

ERC Seminar Series: From Policy to Implementation – Energy Projects in Brazil and South Africa

From Policy to Implementation: Energy Projects in Brazil and South Africa Both the Brazilian and South African governments have announced many recent programs – from developmentalist industrial policies to climate change mitigation commitments – with implications for their national energy matrices. This seminar will present work in progress that aims to look systematically at what actually gets built in the electricity sector in each country and the actors and processes that have influenced those outcomes. The seminar will present results… Read moreERC Seminar Series: From Policy to Implementation – Energy Projects in Brazil and South Africa

ERC MAPS Seminar: Analysis of carbon pricing policies in Brazil

This lunchtime seminar will present results of analysis on carbon pricing policies using the hybrid CGE model, IMACLIM. The seminar will be presented by Dr William Wills who joins us from Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro in Brazil. The event will take place on Wednesday 17 July 1-2pm in the ERC Seminar Room, 6th Floor Menzies Building, Upper Campus

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

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