What lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies?

Afrobarometer, a pan-African, non-partisan research network, recently released areport highlighting Africa’s electricity challenges. Power shortages can hamper socioeconomic development, but they also have implications for health and education. The Conversation Africa’s energy and environment editor Ozayr Patel spoke to Peter Penar, one of the researchers. How serious is the electricity crisis in Africa? One of the most glaring disparities is that across the 36 countries surveyed, 94% of urban dwellers have access to the electric grid, whereas only 45% do… Read moreWhat lies behind Africa’s lack of access and unreliable power supplies?

New report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Health and safety issues related to paraffin have long been a critical issue in South Africa and yet it remains an overlooked policy issue. This report was commissioned by the Paraffin Safety Association (PASASA) – which has since expanded its mandate to become the Household Safety Association (HESASA). Through wide-ranging interviews with public, private and academic stakeholder,s as well as focus groups with low-income paraffin users, the report investigates what the future role of paraffin could and should play in South Africa…. Read moreNew report: The current and future role of paraffin in South Africa

Bethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

  Earlier this year I visited Bethel Business and Community Development Centre (BBCDC) with three UCT students from the Engineers without borders (EWB) team (Ondela Mabusela, Tumelo Gabaraane, Matt Docherty) and ERC staff member, Anya Boyd, to see how the facility operates and gain technical and practical exposure to some of the renewable technology that is being used and developed by teachers and students at the school. The BBDCD centre trains students and hosts workshops on topics including renewable energy,… Read moreBethel Business and Community Development Centre, Lesotho, June 2012

UNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town

The ERC is a Member Centre of the Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD). GNESD is a UNEP facilitated knowledge network of Member Centres of Excellence and network partners in the global south. The main objective of GNESD is to carry out policy analysis on thematic energy issues, which can assist in promoting sustainable development and reaching the Millennium Development Goals. Since 2002, the network has been engaged in undertaking policy analysis in the field of energy and… Read moreUNEP and GNESD Energy Access Workshop in Cape Town

Current EPD work

The Energy, Poverty and Development group is concerned with energy issues that affect sustainable development and improved livelihoods for poorer communities in South Africa and other developing countries. Current research topics are: low-carbon development, mitigation and poverty household energy interventions and policies community development in the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (RE IPPPP) energy access The research generally includes a process of feedback to national policy-makers and energy supply agencies. The experiences gained through our fieldwork and policy research are… Read moreCurrent EPD work

Invitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec

The Global Network on Energy for Sustainable Development (GNESD) and the United Nations Foundation (UNF) are inviting interested parties to their workshop on Energy Access: Eradicating Global Energy Poverty. The event will be held at the Durban Country Club in Durban (http://www.dcclub.co.za) on the 5th December 2011. Look for the room called Athlone. The programme starts at 9am and is scheduled to finish at 1pm. 08:30-09:00 Registration 09:00-09:10 Welcome by UNEP 09:10-09:20 GNESD – global network on energy for sustainable… Read moreInvitation to energy access workshop on 5th Dec

Climate change and the energy-water nexus

COP17 started off in something of a whirlwind. As it is my first COP, day 1 provided its challenge, looking for programmes, venues, stalls and side events. After the first few hours of chaos the day settled down somewhat, and I even managed to find my way to my first negotiation session.   The start of day 2 was accompanied with a more focussed approach, by drawing upon my one day of COP experience. Daily programmes were found with a… Read moreClimate change and the energy-water nexus