Policy Brief: THE IMPACT OF STRANDING POWER SECTOR ASSETS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Context Increasing attention is being given internationally to the risks associated with unburnable carbon and stranded assets (UNEP 2015, IEA, 2014; Citi, 2015). Stranded assets are assets that “have suffered from unanticipated or premature write-downs, devaluations or conversion to liabilities” (Caldecott et al, 2014), arising from environmental regulation or other regulatory shifts, as well as market forces and other causes, including the falling costs of competing technologies and structural market decline. Citibank (2015) has estimated that the value of stranded… Read morePolicy Brief: THE IMPACT OF STRANDING POWER SECTOR ASSETS 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

Technology for Sustainable Development conference

The Technology for Sustainable Development conference is currently under way at the EPFL campus in Lausanne, Switzerland. The main themes are on role of development, partnerships and technologies in achieving sustainable development objectives. Practitioners and researchers have the opportunity to share experiences on diverse themes from energy, agriculture, waste and water to the role of stakeholder engagement, effective community participation and how to ensure national governments & policy makers are involved. Furthermore discussions evolved around: focusing not just on ‘appropriate… Read moreTechnology for Sustainable Development conference